Visit Bala

Plan your visit to Bala, Ontario for great year round Muskoka experiences and lots of dining and shopping choices.

Have you visited Bala lately? Make a date to see what’s new on Thursday, June 16, 2022 for Bala’s Season Opener event. Our stores are staying open an extra 2 hours that afternoon to 7pm to serve you (our restaurants may be open even later).

Bala's Season OpenerThere’s so much going on with shiny new stores, and great restaurants. To kick off summer, every business taking part in Bala’s Season Opener is offering a special of some kind to entice you to come take a look. And if that’s not good enough, how about 4 Grand Slam Prizes….including a $400 piece of furniture that will look great in your home from Second Life Restoration…and a new outdoor lounger valued at $1060 from Lakeside Living by Design. Plus, surprise prizes throughout town (tickets to the Kee, for example). So here’s the pitch…come see us Thursday, June 16th, fill your baseball card with at least 10 stores visited, and you’ll be entered in a draw to win. Tip: If you’re dining after 7pm, any participating restaurant can still stamp your Bala Card to get into our Grand Slam prize draw.

See these offers from our all-star players.

  • Overboard – Enjoy prosecco and Cacao Boys bon bons while you shop, and receive a gift with purchase

  • Bala Bay Takeaway and Pizza Nova – Free drink or dip with meal

  • Ice Dreams Soda Shop – Free kiddy cone and/or 20% off fudge

  • Twig – Enjoy prosecco and strawberries while you shop, and receive a gift with purchase

  • Pure Muskoka – 15% off store-wide

  • Lakeside Bala – Free Samples from Muskoka Brewery

  • Birchbark – We pay the tax sale

  • Lake Wear Muskoka – 20% everything including hand painted paddles

  • Bala Pharmasave – 20% off all items except prescriptions, M&M products, and gift cards

  • Namast’ay Muskoka at Trinity All Saints Church – Learn about yoga plus $10 tank tops, hats and chance to win 6 free classes

  • Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery – New Made in house Salad Dressings – 3 for $24 +  Charcuturie cups ($6) and glasses of Sangria ($8) to savour while you shop.

  • Bala’s Museum – Free freckles

  • Lakeside Living Design – 20% off store wide

  • Pratt’s Garden Centre – 10% off store wide and 20% off ceramic pots and planters

  • Second Life Restoration – 20% off all merchandise

  • Don’s Bakery – Buy a dozen tarts, get 6 free

  • Muskoka Bear Wear – Select items on sale

  • The Hook and Ladder – Buy an app, get 2nd at 75% off

  • The Smokin’ Birds – Free side with purchase of sandwich or BBQ plate

  • Pengilly’s Hardware – 10% off everything in the store

  • Jack & Stella – Happy Hour – 7$ for select cocktails and $8 a pint, plus enter to win a $75 gift card

  • Bala Falls PubBuy 2 dine-in meals and you could win Our Lady Peace tickets at The Kee to Bala

Watch for a full page ad in MuskokaRegion.com listing who’s in on June 9th. And keep checking back here for details.

HOW THE DRAW WORKS:

  1. Visit as many Bala businesses as you can from 5-7pm on Thursday, June 16 (if you’re dining in at one of our great restaurants, you may want to come earlier…).

  2. Get at least 10 stamps from 10 different businesses on your Bala Baseball Cards.

  3. Drop off your filled Cards* (with your contact info so we can contact you if you win) at the Chamber office up until 8pm on June 16th (or leave them with a participating restaurant if you’re dining – that works, too).

We’ll draw the winners at Bala’s Museum! *Note: To win the Outdoor Lounger from Lakeside Living, you need to have one stamp on your card from that store or else we’ll draw again for that prize.

BALA BUSINESSES: If you’re just hearing about Bala’s Season Opener, never fear: There’s room in our dugout for you, too. We can add your name and your special to this page and shout it out on social media.

Shopping

Coming in from Gravenhurst, remember to cruise Bala Falls Road to see shops such as Second Life Restoration, Jack & Stella’s, and Pure Muskoka. Right in the centre of town are a variety of shops all within walking distance of each other. 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 grab some cool summer clothes at Muskoka Wake. A few steps away, there’s more to be found – decor, clothing and jewelry – at Birchbark at the corner of Highway 169 and Maple Street. And watch for Cacao Boys to open soon: it’s almost across the street from Birchbark. In Portage Landing, a visit to the famous Don’s Bakery is a must. And don’t miss all the great gift ideas in uptown Bala at Pharmasave Bala, Lakeside Living Design and Lake Wear Muskoka. For home needs and hardware, you can always count on Weismiller’s TimberMart or Muskoka Lumber 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. In nearby Glen Orchard, check out  The Smithy and the Glen Orchard General Store and Mobil gas station. Tip: outside of high season, call ahead to make sure of opening hours.

Services

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. Browse below or use our Member Search and enter a key word to find members offering the service you need.

In town, we have several restaurants that are Chamber members, offering everything from breakfast to ice cream and coffee to fine dining.

Food and Dining

Check out Bala Falls Pub, Moon River Lookout, Bala Bay Takeaway – Pizza Nova, The Hook and Ladder, Lakeside Bala, and Ice Dreams Soda Shop and watch for the grand opening of Cacao Boys for fine chocolates. 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 award-winning Mrs. H’s Fish and Chips. Just outside of Bala in downtown Torrance is Clear Lake Brewing Co. with Cottage Springs out in front. New at The Wahta Station is a yummy Ice Cream spot right beside the famous, award-winning Mrs. H’s Fish and Chips.

Bala is also famous for The Kee to Bala!
A must-visit musical hot spot for over 75 years.

Experiences

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 north Bala Falls as they tumble into the majestic Moon River. You can see the south Bala Falls from the Bala Stone Church or Shield parking lot. 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.

Chamber Members in Bala

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Help us celebrate Bala’s 150th Birthday

Bala celebrated its 150th birthday with events all throughout 2018. Everyone was invited to our big birthday bash on Saturday, July 21 with a massive group photo in front of the Bala Community Centre on Maple Street. Many who have lived here, cottaged, visited, enjoyed or just love Bala, were invited to this Come Back to Bala Birthday Bash. Show us your love for Bala by visiting our Bala150 page by clicking here and submit your favourite memories of Bala.