Fun on Lake Muskoka with Dogs

The dog days of summer are here. What better way than to escape the heat of the city than to head to a beautiful cottage on a lake? I love water.

In Toronto, we are lucky enough to have a network of Lakes within a few hours. Last weekend, we headed north up the 400 highway to one of my favourites called Lake Muskoka. We stayed at a friend’s house on Acton Island which is connected to the mainland by a small one lane bridge. The weather was spectacular and there was no shortage of fun activities from early morning to sunset on the deck (with cocktails).

Sunset on Lake Muskoka

It was Buster the 6 month-old Portuguese Water Dog Puppy’s first trip to the cottage and first time doing lots of things. We got a lot of pleasure just watching him enjoy each day.

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Buster and his pal Coach, a four-year-old Weimaraner loved cooling off in the water. Swimming can be great low impact exercise. Read our article on Swimming For Dogs Here


Buster wore a lifeguard vet or lifejacket to help him in the water. You can win one for your dog in our Kurgo Giveaway. ENTER NOW as ending today! Even good swimmers, human or animal,  can tire in the water – or need help staying afloat if injured.

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Buster watched Coach for a few weeks, the finally plucked up the courage to dock dive himself and fetch his water toys.


Buster dock diving

Buster really loves going in the boat. He is a spotter water-skiing and on tours of the lake.

buster on boat ride at lake muskoka

His friends love boats too.

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Buster also tried tubing slowly. He was so keen to jump on, but not sure he loved it.

Check out more Vines from the weekend. 

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He went in a kayak with his Mom after practising on land.

Buster in kayak

He even went on an adventure on a small float plane.

Buster flying

Buster enjoyed exploring the bushes around the cottage (set in several acres). he raced around hiding toys and chasing chipmunks.

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We all made sure we got lots of H2O to drink.


Then there was lots of relaxing between activities.

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How will you spend your weekend? Any fun activities planned?

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  • I love these pictures! Magic loves getting in the water, but scared himself the first time he went in over his head. I think the vest would be a great idea…we just don’t have much “water” ops around here.

  • Swimming and water sports are great for people and pets! They are much easier on the body as well. It sure looks like a lot of fun at the lake.

  • Wow – looks like so much fun. Wish we had more lakes close by because they are so much fun for everyone.

  • Looks like you had a fun day. Reminds me of the good times I had with my two “boys” playing in the water on hot days.

  • Looks like a lot of fun!

  • Dogs. Water. Boats. Cabins. CONTESTS! What’s not to love about this article?!

    I’m glad you had such a great time on your vacation! Looks like your furry friends did, too!

  • I love going to the lake. My corgis don’t like to swim though. I keep trying, but they just want to lay in the sun, which OK too. 🙂

  • Looks like you all had fun at the lake!

  • Nothing particularly exciting this weekend but we’re taking the dogs to the beach next week!

  • Buster and Coach look like they had a blast on this beautiful lake! The photos are awesome!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  • Buster is gorgeous, and that’s so awesome that he’s getting to go on so many adventures already. Isn’t it amazing living by so many bodies of water? I don’t even have the guts to go tubing anymore, so kudos for that. Looks like it was a great time.

  • Wow, what a great place! I want to be those pups!

  • Looks like Buster (& everyone else, too!) had a blast! There’s nothing like enjoying water activities with your pooch. Love it!

  • Beautiful lake! That looks like a wonderful place to spend the day. It reminds me of when I was younger and my grandpa had his boat docked out in Canada. The dogs look like they had a lot of fun.

  • We want to vacation with you! OMD! That photo of Buster in his life jacket looking at the camera is the BEST!

  • Wow, what a great time at the lake! Harley and charlie are definitely jealous!

  • Hi Y’all!

    We waterdogs do love water activities. Me? I spent the weekend staying cool.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  • What an amazing weekend this looks like! Great photos, great times. Buster got to do so many different things; what a wonderful way to expose him to all of this. Really great. Thanks for sharing!

  • Maureen 2 years ago

    Great pictures! Buster is really adorable and looks great with the life jacket. Living in Colorado we don’t have much opportunity to play in the water but it sure looks like fun!

  • Though my dog isn’t a big swimmer, he does like baths so go figure LOL – these are fab pics and looks like you all had a blast!

  • Great photos, I can see everyone had fun.

  • Wow what a lot of cool adventures for you all! That first photo is just fantastic. Love all the colors of the sunset.