The Bala Cranberry Festival: Get Away & Stay

Celebrating 30 years in 2014, the Bala Cranberry Festival is an annual tradition that sees thousands of visitors from all over the world come to this small village with the “berry” big heart – always on the first weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving. But as we’re located in one of the most popular destinations in the province, why not stay longer and experience more?

Stay Longer & Experience More

Though known primarily as a summer destination (and voted by National Geographic Traveler magazine as one of the world’s Ten Best Trips of Summer), Muskoka is open for business all year round – and offers extra-special appeal during the autumn season. 

 Against a backdrop of pristine blue waters (including the Moon River and the Bala Falls) and colorful trees, you’ll find many ways to experience the leaves changing in these beautiful Canadian woods. 

From paddling to hiking, from fishing to biking, from cruising the lakes to relaxing at a spa, there is much to make your extended stay unforgettable – in addition to attending the Cranberry Festival.  (And don’t forget that a visit to the local cranberry marshes (Iroquois Cranberry Growers and Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh) is a year-round option. Enjoy their delicious products in every season, and head out onto the trails around each marsh as well.)

Take advantage of off-peak rates, no bugs, and more choice at area accommodations before and after the festival. (For the weekend itself, be sure to book early as availability dwindles during our popular event – everybody wants to celebrate all things cranberry with us.)

 For “Friends of the Festival” accommodations suggestions (ask about Cranberry Festival packages), click here. For more accommodations ideas and ideas on things to see and do, visit the regional tourism organization’s website at or Muskoka Tourism.

See you in Bala!

The Bala Festival takes place October 17-19, 2014 - always the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving!