Winter of 2022 & 2023 in Muskoka has started with a 'once in a generation snowstorm' where most of Muskoka and surrounding areas accumulated 4 to 5 feet of snow in just over 48hrs, right at Christmas time! A major melt followed, bringing the level of snow back to seasonal averages. This weather event highlights the main reason for the seasonal real estate market in Muskoka. Winter! Muskoka is a winter wonderland from December to March, and sometimes from November to April! Tourists, seasonal residents (cottagers) usually focus their time from May until October, shutting down their visits thru the snowy season.
Also, NOBODY, if they have a choice, really wants to move in or out of a home/cottage in the middle of a cold, snowy winter. This makes for fewer listings, fewer showings, and fair-weather buyers who are adverse to driving in wintery conditions. Generally speaking, listings that begin in January/early February are 'need to sell' type of situations, where there is a good reason why they are listing, instead of waiting for spring! Once the warm weather starts melting the snow in late March, people once again begin thinking about their Muskoka properties.