Bracebridge, branded as "The Heart of Muskoka", is located geographically in the centre of Muskoka. The community was incorporated as a village in 1875 and a town in 1889. With the advent of regional government in Bracebridge shopperJanuary 1971, the Town of Bracebridge and the surrounding townships were brought together as one municipality. It encompasses 62,119 hectares and has five wards: Bracebridge, Monck/Muskoka, Macaulat, Draper and Oakley. The naming of Bracebridge has been traced to a postmaster who took the name from the book, "Bracebridge Hall" written by American author Washington Irving.

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camping with dogs

Camping with Dogs

Taking your dog camping? You should read up on the regulations for Ontario Parks

  • Keep dog on a leash (less than 2 metres) at all times. This is required by park regulation.
  • Pick up and dispose of your dog’s waste in the garbage. Parks often have free dog waste bags available.
  • Keep your dog from chasing/harassing wildlife.
  • Use designated ‘dog beaches’ only for swimming (if available)
  • Pets are not permitted to make excessive noise or disturb others; if your dog is a ‘barker’, avoid the stress and consider not bringing Fido on this trip!
  • Pets are not permitted in park buildings.
  • If bugs are bothering your dog, put bug spray on a bandana not on the dog’s fur; this will keep them from licking off the bug spray which could make them sick.
  • Bringing your dog is not a solution to avoid wildlife confrontations: dogs can actually attract the attention of wildlife.
  • Not all campgrounds allow dogs - check the park regulations before reserving your site. Use the park locator tool to find parks with designated pet exercise areas.keep Reading

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