Welcome To Bala

Located on the western-most side of iconic Lake Muskoka, a visit to the village of Bala leaves folks feeling like they’ve experienced Ontario’s cottage country at its charming best.

 Home to two of the province’s biggest commercial cranberry producers (Iroquois Cranberry Growers and Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh) and an award-winning winery, Bala also has a long history of attracting travelers with its unequaled beauty (be sure to bring your camera to capture the Bala Falls, and the Muskoka River becoming the Moon River, which then empties into Georgian Bay), and by unique things to see and do while you’re here.

Stop in at the Bala Museum and experience life in Muskoka during the early 20th century. The museum pays tribute to Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of Anne of Green Gables and The Blue Castle, who visited Bala in 1922.

Take in a performance by the Actor’s Colony Theatre during the summer season, a fantastic group of professional and amateur thespians who are dedicated to continuing the tradition of 80 years of summer stock theatre in Muskoka.

Marvel at the wonder of the season and of community spirit during Bala’s annual Trek To Bethlehem event, where the whole town gets in on the Christmas action.

Rock out at Ontario’s favourite summer concert venue, The Kee To Bala – a Canadian music tradition since 1942.  Over 70 years of showcasing incredible performers, from Duke Ellington to Snoop Dog. (Don’t miss a special celebratory concert during the 2014 Cranberry Festival at The Kee featuring The Stampeders.)

Kids young and old will enjoy a visit to Balacade, a popular arcade that’s been running for over 50 years, or to Bush’s Watersports Park to learn how to have exceptional fun on the water.

In summer and fall, everyone will enjoy sampling the delights at the famous Don’s Bakery, a family-owned establishment that has seriously perfected the scone (among other irresistible treats). And be sure to enjoy a great meal at one of many fine dining establishments located here.

For more information on Bala, Muskoka, click here. For “Friends of the Festival” accommodation ideas, click here. For a schedule of events for the 2014 Cranberry Festival, click here.

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