Helping to build happy, healthy kids in Muskoka!

Summer fundraising generates $12,155 for Muskoka's kids so far!

Watch the winning tickets being selected


  1. Ticket #7 - Lauri Coulson

  2. Ticket #119 - Lori Lippert

  3. Ticket #313 - Val Newlands

Message from the Executive Director

July 2020

It looks and feels like summer is full on now with much needed visits to the local beach, dock, or splash pad a vital part of getting through a sweltering day! We hope you’re managing to find ways to stay cool and healthy as a hot summer unfolds.

The Children’s Foundation continues to work hard with our local community partners to ensure that we connect children to the things and supports they need to stay healthy and happy. Thanks to the generous support of the Rizzuto Family and the Toni Lynn Rizzuto Campership Fund, we have children attending or preparing to attend day camps at Great Moose Adventures, Back of Beyond Equine Centre, the Muskoka Discovery Centre, and the Town of Bracebridge Day Camps. Thanks also to Jen Nicholson and the Muskoka Mental Health Network for all they do and the partnerships they create.

Grant applications quadrupled in June for everything from beds to bikes to music lessons to upcoming and resumed sports and recreation opportunities. Needless to say, Covid-19 has made donating to charities a real challenge for residents, cottagers and businesses alike. In order to allow us to continue to support the physical and mental well-being of some of the neediest kids in Muskoka, the Children’s Foundation will be running a couple of much-needed fundraisers this summer including an on-line raffle (with some incredible prizes - thanks to Canadian Tire Huntsville, Sandhill Nursery, TruLOCAL, and SWS Boatworks!) in the month of July as well as co-hosting Muskoka’s Incredible Race in August (crazy Muskoka fun for all ages!). Visit us at for raffle tickets and more information and to register.

We hope you’ll join us in working to support the kids that need us most in Muskoka - especially this summer when so many opportunities to be involved in the things they need to truly make summer feel like summer are not available.

Stay well and take care,

Dave Lyons.

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August 29 & 30 2020

Inspired by the popular TV series, teams will move from Lion's Lookout field to a secret(!) final destination in downtown Huntsville. Participate in fun challenges en route with the support of local activity hosts.

​Solve puzzles, paint like Tom Thomson, search for clues on the river by stand up paddle board, become an Algonquin Park animal, apply your weekend warrior building skills and much more as you participate in Muskoka-related challenges.

  • It's a morning of great fun, adventure and camaraderie - no prior Incredible Race or high-level fitness required!

  • Cost to enter is $59/person with a minimum of $100 in sponsors or donations to the CFM (tax receipt provided).

  • Enter teams of 2 to 4 people from the same social or family "pod" at and click on the CFM fundraiser. Space is limited to five teams per day, so register early!

  • Prizes to be awarded to the top fundraisers - stay tuned for details!!

20th Annual Children's Foundation Gala

Please join us for an evening of fine dining, dancing and live music all in support of Muskoka's kids. To purchase tickets for our largest fundraiser of the year, click on the 'purchase tickets' button below.

After you have purchased your tickets, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions outlining how to select your table/seats. If you have any difficulties or questions please contact our executive director Dave Lyons at

Our Mission:

To help create an equitable Muskoka where all children have access to the opportunities and supports they need to be happy, healthy, and feel sense of belonging.

The Children's Foundation of Muskoka is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1989 by volunteers in Muskoka. CFM raises funds in our local community, in partnership with individuals, businesses, and service organizations. We are also a community partner with Canadian Tire's Jump Start Program.

Through our community partnerships, we are able to help children and families in practical ways when no other help is available. We provide funds to meet the recreational, cultural, and emotional needs of the children we serve. Our grants provide children in Muskoka the opportunities to grow and develop.

As a Foundation, we believe:

  • in the creation of a community where equality of opportunity is offered to all children;

  • that we must be proactive in enabling the community to respond to the needs of children;

  • in helping children and families in situations where other resources are not available;

  • that all grant decisions that are made will be based exclusively on the needs of the children involved;

  • that we must encourage the deployment of volunteers and 'Friends of the Foundation' to assist our efforts.