News & Updates
Chamber members are looking to hire good people, so let's spread the word. Here are just some of the jobs waiting for the right person in Muskoka Lakes or nearby. Want the full description of [...]
Cheering on our award-winning Chamber members Left to right: Muskoka Lakes Mayor Don Furniss, Wendy Hogarth, North Johnston's and OMAFRA's Catherine Oosterbaan at award presentation February 156, 2018 Our Chamber members are racking [...]
Book your free and private consultation anytime during the business day with David Perlock of The Velocity Partners at the Chamber office in Bala. Once your time slot is booked, the office is all yours [...]
The Chamber Board of Directors and Staff would like to wish you all peace and joy this holiday season. And a huge thanks to all our members for making 2017 a great year. We're taking [...]
Join other Chamber members and their guests at Clear Lake Brewing Co on Tuesday, December 5. Sample brews from Muskoka's newest brewery and enjoy nibbles from their new kitchen. RSVP now to firstname.lastname@example.org Event Details: [...]
Come visit Bala for great year round experiences and lots of dining and shopping choices.
Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery, just outside of town, is open year round and together with the award-winning Bala Cranberry Festival, the marsh has put Bala on the map as the Cranberry Capital of Ontario. Bala is also famous for The Kee to Bala – a music must visit hot spot for over 75 years. For the sporting enthusiast, Bush’s Watersports Park serves up Muskoka’s only cable wakeboard park, the “What Wake Park”. Bala’s Museum, also known as the Anne of Green Gables Museum, offers up the history of Bala and memories of Green Gable’s author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s stay that helped inspire her novel, The Blue Castle. You can pick up Heritage Walk maps from the Chamber and learn more about Bala through a series of historic plaques. A picnic in Margaret Burgess Park gives you a view of the Bala Falls as they tumble into the majestic Moon River. And if you want to gear up for fishing, drop in to Purk’s Place in the centre of Bala or Bait, Tackle and More in nearby Glen Orchard.
Food and Dining
In town, we have several restaurants that are Chamber members, offering everything from breakfast to ice cream and coffee to fine dining. Check out Bala Falls Pub, Moon River Lookout, Bala Bay Food and Spirits and Pizza Nova (in the former Bala Bay Inn), The Hook and Ladder, Castle Blue, and Cottage Cravings. Next door to the Cottage Cravings plaza is The Cottage Butcher. In summer and spring/fall weekends, Don’s Bakery is famous for its wide array of excellent baked goods. For all your food needs, Bala Freshmart is found in the centre of town and Oliver’s Coffee is in the same building. Heading toward 400 on 38? Check out the Northern BBQ Shack and the award-winning Mrs. H’s Fish and Chips. Just outside of Bala is a PIE Wood Fired Pizza Joint in Torrance with Clear Lake Brewing Co. tucked in behind it.
Right in the centre of town are a variety of shops all within walking distance of each other. Outside of high season, call ahead to make sure of opening hours. Chamber member shops include Overboard, Bala’s boutique for beautiful women’s clothing and gifts (same side of Highway 169 as the LCBO). Across the street, Twig offers stunning home and cottage decor, and there’s more to be found – decor, clothing and jewelry – at Birchbark at the corner of Highway 169 and Maple Street. In Portage Landing beside Don’s Bakery, browse the new Rustic Corner for beautiful cottage decor. For home needs and hardware, you can always count on Weismiller’s TimbrMart, Pengilly’s Hardware and you can find gorgeous window and door solutions at Lakeland Windows and Doors. Use our Member Search to find Chamber member stores, restaurants and experiences in Bala.
Need a painter, cleaning service, plumber or carpenter? Maybe you’re looking for help with your website. Shopping local also means finding a Chamber member nearby who is ready to serve a wide variety of your needs at your home, office or cottage. Use our Member Search and enter a key word to find members offering the service you need or browse our member categories. It’s that easy.
Help us celebrate Bala’s 150th Birthday
Bala is celebrating its 150th birthday with events all through 2018. Everyone is invited to our big birthday bash on Saturday, July 21 starting at 12.45pm with a massive group photo. Where? Right in front of the Bala Community Centre on Maple Street. If you’ve lived here, cottaged, visited, enjoyed or just love Bala, you’re invited to this Come Back to Bala Birthday Bash. We’ll follow up the group photo with a family BBQ and a 150th birthday cake. What can you do NOW to show us your love for Bala? Visit our Bala150 page by clicking here and submit your favourite memories of Bala. See you on July 21 and visit our Bala150 page often to see what events are coming up.
Visit Port Carling
Visit Port Carling, the Hub of the Lakes
Visit the locks that connect Lake Muskoka and Lake Rosseau via the Indian River. Here you can see The Wall, a huge photo wall made up of hundreds of smaller images. From May to October, visit Muskoka Lakes Museum on Bartleman Island. If you like hiking, the entrance to the Hazlewood Trail is right in the village and beyond Port Carling in Milford Bay is the stunning Huckleberry Rock Lookout on the Huckleberry Rock Trail. While in Port Carling, visit many of our member shops. Use our Member Search to find member stores and services based in Port Carling.
Visit our Chamber member shops in Port Carling. Call or check their websites first as some of our members in Port Carling operate from Spring to Fall only.
- Muskoka Chair Company – the original Muskoka chair manufacturer in Muskoka
- Indian River Trading Co.– your Muskoka lifestyle store
- Tommy Bahama – clothing for men and women
- Doggon-it! (gifts for pooches & their human friends)
- Lee Plumbing Kitchen and Bath Show Room
- Muskoka Teak – fine furniture
- The Muskokery – gifts, clothes and famous Lucky Duck Fudge
- Open Court – activewear
- Muskoka Boat Gallery – featuring Mastercraft
- The Apothecary
- Port Carling Home Hardware
- Town and Country Automotive Esso – gas, convenience, Oliver’s coffee
- Port Carling Foodland
- Port Carling Garden Centre
- Windermere Garden Centre Too – just outside Port Carling