Day Camp Visits

The Muskoka Lakes Museum is a great stop for day camps in Muskoka looking to add an educational, fun and historical experience to their programming. 

Flashback Fun Days

*Please Note: Camp Visits are currently not available due to COVID-19.

The Museum’s “Flashback Fun Days” are designed for local day campers and run throughout July and August, except for Mondays and Tuesdays. Please note that new offerings will be available in 2020.

Each program is 30 minutes long and includes hands-on activities and a game or craft. Available programs include:

  • Trade & Barter
    Relationships between European settlers and First Nations people were important in the War of 1812. Play a hands-on trading game with historical trade goods and use an old map to explore the relationships that connected Muskoka to this war with the United States.
  • Digging Detectives
    Become a detective to learn about the culture and history of the First Nations people in Muskoka. You’ll even learn how to dig for artifacts like a real archeologist!
  • Pioneer Play
    Live like the early pioneers of Muskoka. Play pioneering games, wear pioneer clothes, and explore inside a real log cabin!
  • Aye, Aye, Captain!
    Put on your captain’s hat and embark on a fun-filled adventure! Learn about Muskoka’s boating history and build your very own boat.
  • Phones and Postcards
    What was it like before the days of cell phones and Facebook? Find out how early cottagers and tourists kept in touch. Use old working phones, and make your own postcard to mail.
  • More Pioneer Play
    It wasn’t all work back then, and even the work could be fun!


$5 per child for half day (includes 3 programs); $10 per child for full day (includes 6 programs)


There are 12 large, sturdy picnic tables on the island and washrooms on the island, as well as inside the museum. The large and small Port Carling locks are close by and operate throughout the day. There are a number of scavenger hunt activities designed to allow children to independently tour the museum. In the case of inclement weather, the museum can accommodate up to 30 people inside for lunch.

For more information contact the museum at 705-765-5367 or

Book Your Day Camp Visit


100 Joseph Street, Port Carling
In James Bartleman Island Park, between the locks


July & August:
Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Spring & Fall:
Wed. to Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Open Victoria Day to Thanksgiving; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays; Closed most holidays



100 Joseph Street
Box 432 
Port Carling ONP0B 1J0