This chapter on the Lakelands region is taken from the Ulysses guide to Ontario. For many years, the countryside north of Toronto, known as the "Lakelands," has been popular with visitors and locals seeking a respite from the fast pace of city life. There are three distinct regions in this territory, each with its own extraordinary scenery. The first region, the Muskoka Lake Region, is closest to Toronto and offers harbours for pleasure boats and charming villages. Further north is the region that borders the magnificent Georgian Bay, where visitors will find lovely beaches and the popular Blue Mountain ski resort. The third region, the eastern shore of Lake Huron, has some pleasant little towns and magnificent beaches stretching as far as the eye can see along enormous Lake Huron. This guide provides overviews of all the attractions and parks of the Lakelands region, as well as the lowdown on its best hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and outdoor activities.