With the August long weekend here (that was fast…), I thought I would put together a small list of my top favourite shops and boutiques in Muskoka. All of these shops are small, female-owned Canadian businesses that I have loved shopping at over the last few years. So if you’re lucky enough to be up in Muskoka for this long weekend, or at any other point later this summer, don’t miss checking out these local favourites of mine!
Snapdragon: Located in Minett Bay by the SWS Marina is my favourite Muskoka summer pop-up shop, Snapdragon. I love the location too because it’s right near Boathouse Yoga, so after a class you can pop in to do some shopping. Snapdragon is a globally inspired boutique which features designers from all over the world, as well as some pieces that the owner herself has collected during her travels. Here you can can find lots of beautiful yet casual dresses and tops (think embroidery and silk!), elevated lounge clothes, cashmere sweaters, jewelry, bags and more. The colours, designs and patterns of the pieces are what really speak to me, it’s all so fun! I have so many dresses and lounge clothes I’ve bought here over the years that make up the majority of my cottage wardrobe today. It’s my favourite shop in Muskoka and a must if you’re up here!
L’eau: Located on the docks in Port Carling, L’eau is a boutique selling summer basics and cottage wear with a unique twist, as well as one-of-a-kind designs handmade in the atelier above the shop by the owner herself. I absolutely adore my one-of-a-kind flannel I got last summer (featured in the above photos) after visiting the shop and talking with the owner. She makes the clothes using a mix of discarded and vintage fabrics and creates new life out of them. My husband also got an amazing denim overshirt and had the owner stitch our wedding date into the pocket ❤️ Her designs are unique and funky, and she can do any little customizations you want!
Augustina: You can find the Muskoka location of Augustina Boutique at 1324 Peninsula Road by the Port Sandfield Marina. This boutique is a beautiful mix of higher-end designers and smaller, local brands. It’s a great place to pick up some chic and relaxed summer wear. They also sell my new favourite jewelry designer, Loveli Fine Jewelry! Another small, female-owned Toronto business. Her ear cuffs are amazing!
Cou: Located just up the road from L’eau in Port Carling, Cou sells chic summer and resort wear. They carry some well known brands like Faithfull the Brand and Loveshackfancy, and have their own line as well. I love my Cou gingham set I purchased here this summer and wear it all the time! In addition to clothing they also have a great selection of fine jewelry and beauty products.
Hopefully if you’re in Muskoka you can take some time to check out these shops, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend xx