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Muskoka chairs on a Lake Muskoka cottage dock. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)
Muskoka chairs on a Lake Muskoka cottage dock. (Fred Lum/Fred Lum/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

National Geographic honours Muskoka, but uses photo of Collingwood Add to ...

The Muskoka region of Ontario's "cottage country" has been voted number one on National Geographic Traveler's list of the top 10 places for summer trips in 2011. But the photograph used to display the area's attractions didn't quite match.

The online publication came out last week and praised the Muskoka region for its history, parks, lakes and waterfalls. Pictured above the write-up was a photo of six vibrant Muskoka chairs on a deck overlooking the water in front of a resort.

The resort in the photo is actually part of the popular Blue Mountain Ski Resort near Collingwood, Ontario. The distance between Collingwood and Muskoka is approximately 146 kilometres.

Heather Wyatt, spokesperson for National Geographic Traveller says the photo was pulled from the My Shot online community, which contains user generated photographs. Ms. Wyatt says though some people consider Blue Mountain to be a part of the Muskoka community, National Geographic Traveller will be switching up the picture to avoid any confusion.

"We're actually going to be using a purchased National Geographic photo so we can make sure it is definitively from the Muskoka region," she said. "We want to make sure it's completely accurate."

Muskoka was at the top of the list, which also included cities in Argentina, Wales, Sweden, Portugal, Honduras, Croatia and the U.S.

Muskoka Tourism Executive Director Michael Lawley said Muskoka Tourism was delighted to be recognized in the online publication, and that they're not concerned about the photo error.


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