Destination guide

Living the Canadian cottage lifestyle in Bala

Set in scenic Muskoka Lakes, Bala is a laid-back community known for its waterscapes and award-winning cranberries. The town has been luring sunseekers for years, with characterful chalets and historic boathouses dotting the shoreline. Bala is a "Cottage Country" institution, which means its population soars over the summer months. With waterfront views, rustic decor and plenty of Muskoka chairs, Bala vacation rentals make it easy to live the Canadian cottage lifestyle. Some properties sleep up to 20 guests, so why not make it a family reunion?

Things to do

Bala is the "Cranberry Capital of Ontario"

The town's biggest claim to fame is its cascading waterfalls. Located where Lake Muskoka flows into the Moon River, Bala Falls is one of Ontario's prettiest waterscapes. Thanks to its fertile soil and continental climate, Bala is known as the "Cranberry Capital of Ontario." Farming the antioxidant-rich berries for 3 generations, Johnston's Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery is a Bala institution. Its year-round "Bog to Bottle" tours offer a fascinating glimpse of the crops, the harvest and the winemaking process. Sip on something you like? Why not stock up on wine and cheese, then head back to your Bala vacation rentals for a private tasting session?


Sun-drenched days in Bala

For most vacationers, Bala is all about sun-drenched days by the lake. You can swim, kayak or cast a line. With spacious sun decks and private docks, it's easy to make a splash with family-sized Bala vacation rentals set right on the water. In the evening, there's nothing better than lighting the BBQ, uncorking a bottle of wine and watching the sunset light up the lake. For a change of scene, you can always put on your boots and explore the hiking trails at Hardy Lake Provincial Park.


Long summers and sunshine in Bala

Summer is high season in Muskoka Lakes, when legions of sunseekers descend on Bala and its fellow "Cottage Country" communities. You'll enjoy long days, warm weather and endless sunshine. The season culminates in October with the annual Cranberry Festival, held on the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving. While winter can be chilly, Muskoka Lakes looks magical under a dusting of snow. You can cross-country ski, snowshoe in the countryside and play board games by the fireplace of your Bala vacation rentals property.

Natural features

Stargazing and wildlife in Bala

Set in the heart of "Cottage Country", Bala is part of Ontario's Muskoka Lakes Township. The region is made up of over 80 lakes, including Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph. Wildlife lovers will be in their element, with the chance to spot moose and black bears, as well as birdlife including loons and great blue herons. For stargazers, Bala unlocks access to one of North America's most-dazzling celestial displays. Banning all forms of light pollution, the Torrance Barrens Dark Sky Preserve offers a unique chance to view the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Visit after dark to immerse yourself in a dome of stars, planets and galaxies.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bala?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 512 vacation rentals near Bala. From 346 Cottages to 346 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bala for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bala?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bala. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Muskoka Lakes Winery: 556 vacation rentals
  • Bala's Museum: 549 vacation rentals
  • Georgian Bay Islands National Park: 225 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Bay Golf Course: 416 vacation rentals
  • Six Mile Lake Provincial Park: 437 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bala listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Bala?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 346 Cottages in Bala. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bala include:

  • Cabins: 346 rentals available
  • Houses: 137 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 346 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Chalets and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bala?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 54 vacation rentals with pool available in Bala. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.