Cottage-bound? Porter now offers Toronto-Muskoka flights

Cottage goers will have one more option to head to their favourite lake starting this summer.

If you’re heading to Muskoka Region this summer, you might want to consider taking a plane to avoid traffic congestion on Ontario’s highways.

Starting in June, Porter Airlines will be offering twice weekly flights (Mondays and Thursdays) to Muskoka, with planes departing Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and arriving at Muskoka Airport.

The service, which will be offered from June 27 to Sept. 3, will provide flights to Muskoka at 9:20 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, respectively, while trips back to Toronto will leave at 10:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, respectively.

During long weekends, flights will depart Tuesdays instead of Mondays.

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Fares start at $161 for a round-trip between Toronto and Muskoka, including fees and taxes.

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It is subject to change based on demand and may not be available for particular dates.

Tickets are required to be bought at least 21 days in advance.

“Muskoka is an inspiring destination that attracts travellers from near and far,” said Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines president and CEO, in a news release.

“This new route serves as a great opportunity to link Muskoka to our North American network.”

In a matter of approximately 20 minutes, travellers will arrive in Muskoka, where they explore the region’s renowned sites – from historic towns and villages to Algonquin Park and the local waterways, including Georgian Bay.

Muskoka is also home to numerous golf courses, marinas, camps and cultural attractions.

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To provide visitors with an upgraded experience in Muskoka and surrounding areas, Explorers’ Edge will provide a seasonal shuttle bus service at the airport to deliver Porter passengers to accommodations across the region.

Tourists who book a flight and accommodation will be offered $100 in spending vouchers.

“Explorers’ Edge is thrilled to be partnering with Porter Airlines to bring seasonal service to the Muskoka Airport this summer,” said James Murphy, Explorers’ Edge executive director, in the release.

“As the regional tourism organization for Muskoka, Parry Sound and Algonquin Park, it is our intent to leverage this service to increase international visitation across our entire region.”

Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport, also released a statement on the initiative.

He called the summer flight service between Toronto and Muskoka “great news for all Ontarians.”

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“Through this partnership, Porter Airlines and the regional tourism organization are opening a new route that will boost local business and make this stunning part of our province an easy-to-access vacation destination. Ontario is truly open for business in Muskoka,” said Tibollo.

Flights can be booked on Porter Airlines’ website and through travel agents.

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