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Bala & Beyond Guidebook

Jason

Bala & Beyond Guidebook

Hiking
A true gem in Muskoka! With multiple loops of varying lengths (3km & 8km), this is a must visit if you enjoy hiking. Trails take you around Hardy Lake & through a hardwood forest with multiple spots to swim from if you're keen. Bring a picnic and enjoy a snack at any of the beautiful lakeside viewpoints.
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Hardy Lake Provincial Park
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A true gem in Muskoka! With multiple loops of varying lengths (3km & 8km), this is a must visit if you enjoy hiking. Trails take you around Hardy Lake & through a hardwood forest with multiple spots to swim from if you're keen. Bring a picnic and enjoy a snack at any of the beautiful lakeside viewpoints.
Torrance Barrens Conservation Area was designated as the world’s first permanent Dark Sky Reserve. The 4,700-acres of Crown land is bedrock and wetlands, with trees and bushes that are stunted in height. For star-gazers this means a spectacular 360 degree view of the night sky, unhampered by light pollution. The Barren’s also doubles as an exceptional hiking and mountain biking destination, with 3 well marked trails for public use.
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Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
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Torrance Barrens Conservation Area was designated as the world’s first permanent Dark Sky Reserve. The 4,700-acres of Crown land is bedrock and wetlands, with trees and bushes that are stunted in height. For star-gazers this means a spectacular 360 degree view of the night sky, unhampered by light pollution. The Barren’s also doubles as an exceptional hiking and mountain biking destination, with 3 well marked trails for public use.
Huckleberry Rock has been well known locally for over 100 years as a scenic lookout – and one of the best places to catch a sunset in all of Muskoka. These rocks are some of the oldest rock in the world, well over a billion years old. Recently, donations of land from adjacent landowners have now created a 120 acre township park that allows public access to enjoy the views from the Lookout. Trail Markers: white ribbons in trees and white marks on rocks.
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Huckleberry Rock Lookout
1103 Milford Bay Rd
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Huckleberry Rock has been well known locally for over 100 years as a scenic lookout – and one of the best places to catch a sunset in all of Muskoka. These rocks are some of the oldest rock in the world, well over a billion years old. Recently, donations of land from adjacent landowners have now created a 120 acre township park that allows public access to enjoy the views from the Lookout. Trail Markers: white ribbons in trees and white marks on rocks.
Visit the winery or take a hike! The trails form a route between wetlands and hills, hardwood forests, barren stone ridges and cranberry marshes. Over 10km of trails that originate at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, in Bala – the Cranberry Capital of Ontario.
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Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery
1074 Cranberry Rd
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Visit the winery or take a hike! The trails form a route between wetlands and hills, hardwood forests, barren stone ridges and cranberry marshes. Over 10km of trails that originate at Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery, in Bala – the Cranberry Capital of Ontario.
Brewery
Visit our local brewery! Just 10 minutes south of Bala gets you to Clear Lake Brewery where you can enjoy a great selection of locally crafted beers along side a delicious meal.
Clear Lake Brewing Co.
4651 Southwood Rd
Visit our local brewery! Just 10 minutes south of Bala gets you to Clear Lake Brewery where you can enjoy a great selection of locally crafted beers along side a delicious meal.
Located in Gravenhurst Ontario, the gateway to Muskoka, Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. We produce traditional ales and lagers in an array of styles, but there is nothing traditional about the flavour. Our brewmaster, Sam Corbeil, and his talented team create exciting beers that expand the borders of traditional flavour profiles. The rule at Sawdust City is there are no rules. We are just here to make great beer.
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Sawdust City Brewing Co.
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Located in Gravenhurst Ontario, the gateway to Muskoka, Sawdust City Brewing Company is dedicated to the art and science of creating exceptional craft beers. We produce traditional ales and lagers in an array of styles, but there is nothing traditional about the flavour. Our brewmaster, Sam Corbeil, and his talented team create exciting beers that expand the borders of traditional flavour profiles. The rule at Sawdust City is there are no rules. We are just here to make great beer.
Food scene
Looking for great homemade pub fare? This is it! The Bala Falls pub has something for everyone. Great atmosphere, awesome, friendly owners and staff, affordable prices and some great vegetarian options!
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Bala Falls Pub
1010 Bala Falls Rd
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Looking for great homemade pub fare? This is it! The Bala Falls pub has something for everyone. Great atmosphere, awesome, friendly owners and staff, affordable prices and some great vegetarian options!
Yep, that's right, authentic Mexican in Bala! One of my favorite new additions to Muskoka. Everything = delicious and the staff and owner are incredibly friendly.
Taco Kar
3129 Muskoka District Road 169
Yep, that's right, authentic Mexican in Bala! One of my favorite new additions to Muskoka. Everything = delicious and the staff and owner are incredibly friendly.
Enjoy a lakeside meal at Creative Plate. Creative Plate is about tantalizing your taste buds with organic produce, herbs, and grain-fed, non-GMO proteins. We believe that a combination of fresh seasonal produce, quality ingredients, and creative food artistry is fundamental in producing tasty dishes. We strive to ensure that lactose-free, gluten-free and vegetarian meals are always on our menu.
Creative Plate Eatery
2194 Muskoka District Road 169
Enjoy a lakeside meal at Creative Plate. Creative Plate is about tantalizing your taste buds with organic produce, herbs, and grain-fed, non-GMO proteins. We believe that a combination of fresh seasonal produce, quality ingredients, and creative food artistry is fundamental in producing tasty dishes. We strive to ensure that lactose-free, gluten-free and vegetarian meals are always on our menu.
Upscale casual dining with a beautiful patio and great service.
Lakeside Bala Limited
3068 Muskoka District Road 169
Upscale casual dining with a beautiful patio and great service.
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Pie Wood Fired Pizza Joint - Torrance
2641 Muskoka District Road 169
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One of my favorite places to grab a quick meal. The owners are amazing and the food delicious. They have lots of sweet treats as well as fresh and frozen pre-made foods. While you're waiting for you food, check out their great gift shop!
Cottage Cravings Cafe & Gift Shop
3181 Muskoka District Road 169
One of my favorite places to grab a quick meal. The owners are amazing and the food delicious. They have lots of sweet treats as well as fresh and frozen pre-made foods. While you're waiting for you food, check out their great gift shop!
The Hook and Ladder Bar & Grill serves traditional breakfast meals, comfort options, including pizzas, homemade burgers and sandwiches as well as all day breakfast!
The Hook & Ladder
3181 Muskoka District Road 169
The Hook and Ladder Bar & Grill serves traditional breakfast meals, comfort options, including pizzas, homemade burgers and sandwiches as well as all day breakfast!
Grocery
Bala's compact grocery store!
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Bala Freshmart
1003 Mill St
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Bala's compact grocery store!
Bigger than Bala's Freshmart and only 10 minutes away, if you're looking for a bit more variety then this is a great place to shop.
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Foodland - Port Carling
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Bigger than Bala's Freshmart and only 10 minutes away, if you're looking for a bit more variety then this is a great place to shop.
Coffee Shop
Friendly service, locally roasted coffee, baked goods & wifi.
Olivers Coffee
1003 Mill St
Friendly service, locally roasted coffee, baked goods & wifi.
Shopping
Birchbark is a fun little place in beautiful Bala, the heart of Muskoka. We're stuffed with home & garden decor, gifts for all occasions, clothing, games, quilts, and stuff for the cottage. Make us part of your Muskoka adventure!
Birchbark
1003 Maple Ave
Birchbark is a fun little place in beautiful Bala, the heart of Muskoka. We're stuffed with home & garden decor, gifts for all occasions, clothing, games, quilts, and stuff for the cottage. Make us part of your Muskoka adventure!
Quality clothing for anyone wanting to take a Muskoka souvenir home with them.
Muskoka Bear Wear - BALA
Quality clothing for anyone wanting to take a Muskoka souvenir home with them.
RIOT is a modern Muskoka surf shop with one simple, totally non-political mission: give cottagers access to the brands and products they know and love, at fair prices, where and when they need them most. From sun dresses to board shorts, long boards to backpacks, on the dock, in the water, out on the town, or somewhere in between, we’ve literally got you covered. And with locations in Port Carling, Bala, and now, Gravenhurst, at the spectacular new Shipyards Marketplace, now is definitely the time to join the lifestyle revolution. Get outside, get active, explore, soar, make life a riot!
Riot Clothing & Access
123 Medora St
RIOT is a modern Muskoka surf shop with one simple, totally non-political mission: give cottagers access to the brands and products they know and love, at fair prices, where and when they need them most. From sun dresses to board shorts, long boards to backpacks, on the dock, in the water, out on the town, or somewhere in between, we’ve literally got you covered. And with locations in Port Carling, Bala, and now, Gravenhurst, at the spectacular new Shipyards Marketplace, now is definitely the time to join the lifestyle revolution. Get outside, get active, explore, soar, make life a riot!
Women's apparel located Port Carling, Muskoka. Currently carrying brands such as: Wildfox, Free People, Rails, Mackage, One Teaspoon, South Parade,BB Dakota, Jack, Mink Pink, Gentle Fawn, Pink Stitch, Laurentian Chief Mocassins, Melanie Auld, Vitaly, Daniel Wellington, BIKO Jewelry, Quay Australia, Lush, Rebecca Minkoff, Mia & Moss, J Brand, Amuse, Obey, Norquay Co., Pendleton Home Collection.
Free Anatomy
5-123 Medora St
Women's apparel located Port Carling, Muskoka. Currently carrying brands such as: Wildfox, Free People, Rails, Mackage, One Teaspoon, South Parade,BB Dakota, Jack, Mink Pink, Gentle Fawn, Pink Stitch, Laurentian Chief Mocassins, Melanie Auld, Vitaly, Daniel Wellington, BIKO Jewelry, Quay Australia, Lush, Rebecca Minkoff, Mia & Moss, J Brand, Amuse, Obey, Norquay Co., Pendleton Home Collection.