Of all the Toronto Hostels that are centrally located (i.e. “Downtown”) none are more centrally located as our hostel in Toronto.
We are virtually in the centre of the Toronto “Entertainment District”. We are right next door to the Toronto Film Festival’s ”Lightbox Theatre” HQ, only three short blocks from the iconic Toronto landmark, CN Tower.
The number of mainstream movies and television series filmed in Toronto has earned Toronto the nickname ”Hollywood North”. Movie Star Gazing is a common Toronto amusement. This activity takes place in our immediate vicinity especially during the annual Toronto Film Festival.
Toronto really does merit the moniker “Hollywood North” and a lot of the hostels guests are well aware of the Toronto/Hollywood connection.
What is far less commonly known is a trendy and glamorous upscale region exists a mere two hours drive north of Toronto.
One of Toronto residents favourite summer recreation area is “Muskoka”, known to locals as “Cottage Country” and dubbed by the New York Times, “Malibu North”.
Muskoka is a forested region just inland from the Georgian Bay of the Great Lakes. There are over 900 freshwater lakes in the region. A lot of wealthy individuals have summer “cottages” on these lakes. But many are “cottages” in name only. In truth, they qualify as “Mansions” commanding multi-million dollar price tags.
Hollywood celebrities who either own or visit friends cottages in the summer include; Tom Cruise, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russel, Bill Cosby, Drake, Martin Short, Bill Murray, Cindy Crawford, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg etc., etc….
Sadly, very few backpackers or travelers who frequent hostels ever experience the beauty and charm of Muskoka. There is very little low-cost travel infrastructure and a visit really requires a car.
The closest you can get to the “Muskoka Experience” is the “Algonquin Provincial Park” just north of Muskoka. Here there are (at least) two hostels; but most backpackers prefer to camp. Again, car rental is a must.
The following excerpt was lifted verbatim from the “Discover Muskoka” tourism website:
“On several occasions, Muskoka has been recognized by National Geographic Traveler magazine as a special place to visit. Muskoka is one of their top 20 Best of The World – Must-see places and was chosen as the #1 pick for the Ten Best Trips of Summer. Just recently, Muskoka was recognized by National Geographic as one of the ’100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life.” These endorsements from an iconic magazine are testimony to Muskoka’s tourism experiences and our quality of life.”