AKA: Those Who Set the Bylaws
There are four Towns and Townships around the Muskoka Lakes and each has separate bylaws that govern what can be built on any particular property. Here is a round-up of the Towns and Townships, their respective jurisdictions and contact information.
The Township of Muskoka Lakes is the largest and the majority of cottage properties are in this township.
Seguin Township governs the northernmost portions of Lake Joseph and Lake Rosseau.
The Town of Gravenhurst and Town of Bracebridge have portions of Lake Muskoka within their town boundaries.
All of them are within the District of Muskoka, and they are all subject to the District Bylaws.
The District of Muskoka
This is the uppermost governing body in the region and its offices are located in Bracebridge.
Address: 70 Pine Street, Bracebridge
The Township of Muskoka Lakes
The largest area of the three big lakes is in this Township.
Address: 1 Bailey Street, Port Carling, P0B1J0
The Town of Gravenhurst
The southernmost Town on the Muskoka Lakes system.
Address: 3-5 Pineridge Gate, Gravenhurst, P1P 1Z3
The Town of Bracebridge
Includes a large swath of the eastern part of mid-Lake Muskoka
Address: 1000 Taylor Court, Bracebridge, ON P1L 1R6
Has jurisdiction over the most northern parts of Lake Rosseau & Lake Joseph.
Address: 5 Humphrey Drive, Seguin