Bala, ON, Canada

Bala, ON, Canada

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Where to stay near Bala, CA?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 444 vacation rentals near Bala. From 347 cottages to 77 houses, 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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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.