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Muskoka Cottage on Bala Bay at Water's Edge, Sun All Day

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 - 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 6, beach and deep water

A private cottage on Bala Bay on Lake Muskoka. This beautiful three bedroom bungalow is right at the water’s edge, with a huge south-facing dock 10 steps from your front deck.

Sunshine from sunrise to dusk, and a view that goes for miles.

The dining and living rooms have large picture windows, and from your kitchen window you are just 5 feet from the water looking across the bay. Swim in the deep water at the dock, or play at the shallow sandy beach. The cottage is on a private island only 50 meters from shore, and the owners live at the opposite end. A 14 foot aluminum boat is yours to enjoy while you visit. Free parking is available for your car.

Lot/Waterfront Description: The island is 1.3 acres, with about 1300 feet of shoreline. Terrain is very flat with lots of trees.

The Cottage: A large 30 x 15 Living and Dining room looks out to the lake in three directions. A pine kitchen is well equipped with fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer and dryer. High speed broadband internet will keep you connected.

There are 3 Bedrooms, two with double beds and one with twin beds, as well as a three piece bath.

Capacity: 6 people. This cottage is ideally suited for families or seniors (up to 6 people).

Includes: TV, DVD player (with a selection of DVDs), CD player, Propane BBQ, pillows, blankets.

Keywords: Muskoka, cottage, Bala, Shallow sandy beach and deep water, sunny, south exposure, level, treed, quiet, private, bunglalow, island, internet, private

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 30, 2017

About Robert

Our family has summered in Bala for 105 years. In the summer of 2011, we purchased this wonderful island. Your bungalow cottage is at the east end of the island. Our 1890-vintage home is at the opposite end of the island.

Robert purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Robert chose Bala

Simply the best vacation spot in the world - all of our worldly travelers tell us so. Quiet when you want it, action when you go looking for it. Lake Muskoka is gorgeous, and you can boat for miles. Golfing, tennis, hiking are nearby, and the best swimming in the world are at your doorstep.

What makes this cottage unique

Island life can seem a little intimidating at first. Soon you will appreciate the peace, privacy and space. And with ony 100 yards to the landing, you really have the best of both worlds - the convenience of being minutes from town, and the 'get-away-from-it-all' feeling of a private island. The bunglaow has a huge dock facing south - you may need the sun umbrella. The sandy beach has been the place where many children have learned to swim over the past 130 years.


Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Toronto Pearson
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Bala Falls Pub
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Beaver Run
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Moon River Lookout
Nearest Ski
1 Kilometres
Summer Water Sports Ski Show every Tuesday
Nearest Beach
6 Metres
Private Beach
Car: necessary

Local Services (within Bala): The Bala town dock – and the famous Don’s Bakery and Lucy Maud Montgomery museum are just minutes away, as are groceries, laundromat, clothing and gift shops, LCBO, Beer Store, gas, marinas, weekly water-ski show, antique shops, galleries, and exercise classes. More information about Bala here:

Amenities close by: Golf and Tennis are nearby in Bala, Gravenhurst, Foots Bay and Bracebridge. You can also cruise the lakes in the in the historic Segwun. Visit the boating museum at the Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre. The locks and shops of Port Carling are always worth a visit. Hiking scenic trails in Muskoka are fantastic. You will find the nearby the famous Torrance Barrens, Huckleberry Rock lookout trail and Hardy Lake Provincial Park.


Bala Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Ski-Out ...
  • Waterfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Three piece bath with shower. Bath towels and beach towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom has a new Queen bed, Second has a double bed, the third has Twin Beds. Sheets, blankets and pillows are provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We spent our 14 days holiday with three children (16, 14 and 4) on the island of Robert and Katie in their lovely cottage. We really enjoyed the island, at the dock watching the falling stars at night, swimming in the lake during the day and enjoying water skiing. It's a lovely area, great for older and small children as well. The cottage is wel kept and in the weekends Robert and Katie are at the island as well to answer any questions you might have. Stunning views from the dock and the cottage as well, with wild blueberries in the garden that make a superb granola in the morning.

Being at the island is really very private but not very isolated as the shore or main land is only two minutes with the 10hp boat Robert and Katie provided. Great place for relaxation and for activities as well. Lovely nature.

Jan & Angelique from Holland

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are honoured that this wonderful family chose us for their vacation in North America, out of the thousands of options on VRBO. They enjoyed everything Muskoka has to offer including hiking, boating, golfing, canoeing and lots of swimming. We hope they will return soon.
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

An awesome month on Dempster Island in beautiful Muskoka

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (kids aged 4 and 12) cannot recommend the cottage, location, and owners more highly. We had a fantastic time on Dempster Island with lots of swimming, boating, fishing, and fun. The cottage is perfect with everything you need and views of the water from every room, and the provided boat is great for zipping into town and exploring the area. We rented a larger boat for 5 days to venture further that added another dimension to our experience. Rob and Katie were very kind and generous to us during our stay, which really added to the great time we had. We would not hesitate to return next summer.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a great month of hiking, swimming and boating, but the highlight for us was little Addison learning to swim at the same beach where I did... so long ago!
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Perfect place for a family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We (wife and I, kids aged 7 and 5 and my parents) spent a week on Dempster Island. The cottage is very well equipped and very comfortable. The views are spectacular, especially sunrises, sunsets and looking at the stars at night from the private dock.

Our kids loved playing on the beach and going for canoe and motorboat rides.

Although the cottage is on an island, Bala is very close and it's easy to get to and from shore with the provided motorboat.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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London, Ontario

Couldn't ask for more

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from an idyllic week in the Muskokas. The cottage was everything you could ask for and more! Rob and Katie picked us up as soon as we arrived. The island is only a stone's throw from the mainland. The cottage is extremely well maintained and equipped and the beds are comfortable. You can view the lake from almost every window. The cottage has it's own private dock and there is a sweet little beach for young children. We liked the fact that the dock was so close to the cottage and that it got the sun all day long! The island is fun to explore and the boat gives you easy access to Bala in case you need to replenish your supplies. Rob and Katie are a fountain of information about the area and happily answer any questions. They were extremely gracious hosts. I would stay here the whole summer if I could and I am certainly going to recommend it to friends!!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Week on Dempster Island

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week at this cottage with another couple. It was perfect. Katie and Rob are great hosts and could not have done more to make us comfortable. We spent our entire week on the dock and in the water. The swimming is great and if you prefer to wade in, the beach is lovely. We had no desire to leave the island once we arrived but it is a very short boat ride or paddle to town if you feel the need. The bright and sunny cottage is well equipped, clean and tidy. And if you like blueberries, they are everywhere! Thank you for a great week Katie and Rob.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful spot

  • 4 of 5

This is a lovely, rustic very comfortable cottage. It is easy to get to and well-maintained with no surprises in the kitchen or bathroom. My daughters and I enjoyed a wonderful week of swimming, boating, and exploring. The island is very quiet with a variety of environments to enjoy. It's also very conveniently located and close to town should you need to run a quick errand or pick up groceries. Rob and Katie were very helpful and a pleasure to deal with. Highly recommended and will visit again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Can hardly wait for the girls next visit... the fun they had is what summer cottages are all about
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $783.51

20% upon booking, balance 4 weeks before arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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