Bala is over 125 years old and full of history, music, and cottage life. Most importanly, it is about friendly, caring and hard-working people. We hope that you take some time to discover the rich history which surrounds Bala.
BALA MUSEUM with memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery: Take a tour of this 1920's tourist home, which served Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery meals during her holidays in Bala in 1922.
THE SEGWUN: Come take a breath-taking ride on North America's oldest operating steamship. Added to the fleet in 2002, the Wenonah II is the first steamship to be built in Muskoka in over 100 years. The new ship boasts three dining roms, an elevator and three viewing decks. The Wenonah's maiden voyage will take place this past Spring, with Prime Minister Chretien as one of the many dignitaries. Both ships can be boarded in Gravenhurst only 20 minutes (by car) from Bala. Cruises can be booked starting from the end of May till the middle of October. Book early.
SANTA'S VILLAGE: Spend a fun filled day at Santa's Amusement Park. This magical amusement park is located in Bracebridge, 45 minutes from Bala. There's fun for the whole family and enough things to do to keep you entertained all day. The park is open from mid June until Labour Day weekend.
OPERA HOUSE: A fun-filled evening can be found at the Opera House, located 20 minutes south of Bala, in the town of Gravenhurst. The Opera House is the site of a variety of performances for all ages.
30,000 ISLANDS CRUISE: For your sight-seeing pleasure this cruise takes you among many famous islands on Georgian Bay in Parry Sound, which is located one hour north of Bala. The cruise runs from June until October.
BALA CRANBERRY FESTIVAL: Always the weekend after Thanksgiving. This annual festival presents 3 fun-filled days for the whole family. Marsh tours, fresh Cranberries and juices, live entertainment, juried craft show, country bazaar, market place, food vendors, midway, fireworks and much more...."Celebrate the harvest of the Muskoka Ruby." This years festival will be on October 16th,17th and 18th.
CASINO-RAMA: They Deal Excitement! 75,000 sq. ft. of gaming area, with over 2,300 slot machines. All you want under one roof.
BALA SKI SHOWS: Weekly show with professional water skiers which perform amazing stunts/tricks right in front of your eyes. Great for the whole family. Every Tuesday night 7:30 p.m. (July and August only) in Windsor Park.
BALA FALLS: Located in Bala where the picturesque Lake Muskoka rushes into the majestic Moon River. See nature's forces at work while being mesmerized by its beauty as the water flows over the Pre-Cambrian Shield.
CHURCHES: Bala is home to some of Muskoka's oldest and most beautifully crafted churches. Visit Muskoka's church web site in order to find your denomination and it's location
PARKS: If it's a picnic you are interested in or a relaxing day over looking the sparkling water, our local parks are where you want to be. At the bottom of the hill from the Bala-Hy Motel is Windsor Park, which over looks Lake Muskoka. Here you will find picnic tables, a fire pit, and public washrooms. A short walk to Hwy 38 and Hwy 169 you will find Jaspen Park. There's a playground for the kids, or they can wade into the waters of the Moon River.
CRANBERRY MARSHES: Bala is known as the Cranberry capital of Ontario. We offer two marshes in the area for visitors to explore. The Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, located on Medora Lake Rd., just north of Bala, has been a family venture since its conception in 1952. Take a tour of this fully operational commercial Cranberry farm, which is open to the public from July to the end of October. The second Cranberry marsh is located on Hwy 69 about 35 minutes from Bala. Here lie the Iroquois Cranberry Growers with their extensive bogs. Visitors are welcome to come and learn more about Muskoka's Red Ruby.
Johnston's Cranberry Marsh (www.cranberry.ca)
MUSKOKA LAKES MUSIC FESTIVAL: Experience a wide variety of musical performances for all tastes. Usually held the last 2 weeks in July, until the first week in August.