Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Bala Cranberry Festival

1. You’ll enjoy a final getaway to Ontario’s cottage country before the snow flies…

Fall is a great time to visit Muskoka, with fewer crowds, off-peak rates and no bugs!  No need to worry about the volume of traffic heading north on the weekend either – by July and August it’s a distant memory. There’s also plenty to see and do in the region in addition to the festival, and Muskoka in autumn is just as beautiful as in summer…the lakes are even more blue and the stars sparkle brighter.

2. You’ll learn enough about cranberry farming to share around the office water cooler…

When you picture a farmer it’s usually a person toiling on land, but at a cranberry farm the workers are more likely to be half-immersed in water.  (Who knew – right?) Whether you head out to explore the two local cranberry farms their products (including an award-winning winery at one location), or just want to stay in Bala to sample these ruby-red beauties at the 

3. You’ll experience more than just cranberries…

Even if you aren’t into cranberries, there’s a ton of great stuff happening at the Bala Cranberry Festival each year. Check out the restaurants, shops, markets, vendors, entertainment, and much, much more (including a special performance by The Stampeders at The Kee to Bala). It’s a weekend of fun and flavor you’ll want to experience annually and a super time for the whole family!

4. You’ll be completely charmed by the village of Bala…

It’s cute, it’s quaint, it retains a rustic charm – and it’s a place of long-standing traditions for locals, visitors and cottagers alike. Come and experience Bala and discover why folks love it so.


5. You’ll be in good company – millions of attendees can’t be wrong…

Celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2014, the Bala Cranberry Festival keeps getting better and better. With an estimated attendance of just under a million people since this volunteer-driven event began, we’re looking forward to welcoming new crowds and old friends to the most popular destination weekend in Ontario during the fall season. We hope to see you too!


For more information on visiting Muskoka in fall, click here. To plan your accommodations, click here or visit our Friends of the Festival accommodation page (and ask about festival packages). For more information about Bala and the Muskoka Lakes area, click here.

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