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Other things around Midland

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Other things around Midland

We will definitely be spending a night in Midland in mid September as we are keen to see the Huron Village etc.

Are there other things to see in the area that would make it worthwhile to stay another night or two and use Midland as a base to explore further afield. We like to meander rather than journey so would not want to spend more than a two/three hours in total in the car. We enjoy walks - but not hikes, like scenery, the water, history and arts

The other thought is to stay at (say) Orilla and take trips out to Midland, Gravenhurst etc.

All information gratefully received

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1. Re: Other things around Midland

It's difficult to make suggestions on where and how long to stay without knowing more about your overall trip plan and route. Where else are you planning to travel during your trip? How long do you have? Then it becomes easier to suggest which places are good for accommodation bases and which places can be best done as day trips.

There are certainly lots of things to do in the Midland area. Since you say you like scenery and water, a boat cruise of the area is the first activity that comes to mind. But again, without knowing where else you are going on your trip, or if you've already booked a similar activity in a different stop, there might be better options.

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2. Re: Other things around Midland

I'm sure you've already checked under the green Thing to Do info tab at top of this page. Other resources include:

www.ontariotravel.net

visitgeorgianbay.com/midland-penetang-region…

Agree with above - without a general sense of where you will be before and after, it's difficult to make suggestions that will not duplicate what you've already planned.

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3. Re: Other things around Midland

OK here goes

We start off with a 5 day tour in Nova Scotia, then fly to Quebec for a week (hope to get out into countryside with a train trip to Baie St Paul and coach trip to Montmorency Falls and beyond)

We then pick up a car and head for Ottawa via Kings Highway (o/night stop) and Mount Tremblant(o/night stop

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Three nights in Ottawa and then we head for Kingston (via Upper Canada Village) and spend virtually 3 days there, obviously taking a cruise and both Peniteniary Museum and. the Historic Site look interesting. We will leave Kingston mid/late afternoon and follow the Loyalist Pathway using the Glenora Ferry to Picton and overnight in Picton area.

Now it all gets a bit vague - too many choices! The Picton stop is Sunday night 18th September and we need to be in Toronto on Friday 23rd. to drop off the car and have 4 nights in Toronto before flying back to UK. So basically we have 4 nights/5 days to plan.

Are considering driving Cobourg, Port Hope, (apparently pretty towns) Peterborough for o/night stop (lift Lock and think there is a canoe museum there or am I getting muddled) then up to Midland - stopping at Lindsay (pretty Town?) on the way up.

We prefer to keep the driving to about 120-170 miles a day ( 3-3.5 hours in the car) which allows us time to stop if we see anything interesting and have a furttle around OR time to get to the next destination to have plenty of time there. However having said that - occasional it's necessary to hop on the motorways to burn up the miles or when the area is not terribly interesting.

So you now have chapter and verse so any comments/advice would be very helpful..

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4. Re: Other things around Midland

You will be skirting the beautiful shield country. The shield is the are just to the north with forests, lakes and rocky scenery.

I would head up to Parry Sound and take the 30,000 Islands cruise on The Island Queen, https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review…

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5. Re: Other things around Midland

Yes Cobourg & Port Hope are very pretty towns.

The Canoe Museum is in Peterborough.

Lindsay is not that pretty.

Agree that you are missing the Shield. perhaps you should head further north to Gravenhurst/Muskoka area. You can take a cruise on the historical Segwun steamship.

http://realmuskoka.com/steamships/

https://goo.gl/maps/u4nYWvVUqGU2

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6. Re: Other things around Midland

I agree with the previous two posts. You should head up into shield country for a few days.

From Picton, you could have a nice drive up to Muskoka (through Peterborough and Lindsay if you want, but I'm not sure it's really worth the stop), where there are plenty of nice places to stop or even stay overnight. I would suggest reading some tourism websites to learn about the Muskoka Lakes, and see which of its pretty towns appeal to you most. You won't have time to see everything in the area.

For boat cruises, the Segwun is a nice option, but I would suggest going even further to Parry Sound for an afternoon (but probably not to stay the night). While both cruise options are in shield country, I think the Island Queen cruise on Georgian Bay out of Parry Sound will provide a more interesting cruise with more rustic scenery than that on the Muskoka lakes.

You could stop at Midland on your way back down to Toronto where you can visit Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, as per your original plan.

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7. Re: Other things around Midland

So its back to the drawing board then ! Thanks for your help - I will go on line and research Muskoka Lake region and see what I come up with

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8. Re: Other things around Midland

OK have now had a good rummage round the internet and changed the plan

From Cobourg to either Bracebridge or Huntsville. From these two towns , apart from some interest in the town(s) itself, it looks like we can do a couple of scenic circular drives plus a boat trip - Segwun or Parry Sound. Might even be able to include Midland on a circular drive and have an extra night in Bracebridge/Huntsville.rather than an other pack/unpack night

So if you were doing this trip - any preferences ? Thank you once again for your help

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9. Re: Other things around Midland

The Segwun leaves from Gravenhurst, not Bracebridge. Personally, of Huntsville or Bracebridge, I prefer the latter - but honestly, in terms of pretty towns, I'd take Gravenhurst over the other two. Parry Sound is not an appealing town at all and the only reason to go there would be to take the cruise into the 30,000 Islands of Georgian Bay.

As for those boat tours, the 30,000 islands might be a bit more scenic, but the Segwun edges it out for the historic nature & experience of the tour itself. The scenery is quite lovely also.

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10. Re: Other things around Midland

I agree with phpr, I would choose Gravenhurst over Bracebridge and Huntsville for your trip for a couple of reasons:

Gravenhurst's Wharf on Lake Muskoka trumps the other's waterfront areas by some margin.

Also, if you do plan to take a cruise on the Segwun, the nicest hotel among the three towns, The Marriott Residence Inn Gravenhurst Muskoka Wharf is a five minute walk from where the Segwun docks.

Take note that the Segwun only offers its dinner cruise package on Saturdays in September. With that said, the on board meal is not what it once was and, in my opinion, the sightseeing cruise without the meal is a better value.

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