Local Bala Experience Tour

Starts and ends in Bala
Approx. 23 km / 14 miles
About 5 – 5 1/2 hour drive depending on number of stops

Click here for a map with points of interest

Bala IS the cranberry capital of Ontario, and they are darn proud of it. Local chefs, bakers and even the local grocery store all get behind their beloved berry especially during harvest time. This tour takes you to all of the town’s hot spots, a local well-known hiking trail, and will leave you with plenty of cranned goodies to take home and enjoy with friends and families.

Directions and Tour Highlights:

  • Start at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh to experience the bog to bottle tour. From there take the Frank Miller Memorial Route Hwy 169 into the town of Bala.

  • Have breakfast at the Hook and Ladder lathered with fresh homemade cranberry syrup, then continue on Hwy 169 to Hardy Lake.

  • Go for a hike on Hardy Lake trail to work up an appetite. Follow the way you came back into the charming town of Bala.

  • Have a late lunch or early dinner at the Moon River Lookout. Try the beer battered pickerel & chips with their famous cranberry tartar sauce or cranberry BBQ chicken & ribs.

  • Drive past the falls to get back to the main street. Park the car to look at the mammoth statue downtown Bala (and snap a photo). Walk down the street to do some shopping.

  • Hit the local shops like Birchbark, Overboard, TWIG, and Cottage Cravings. Grab a warm drink from Cottage Cravings to last you the drive home.

  • Before leaving town, pick up some fresh cranberry sausages at Bala Freshmart to cook on the BBQ when you get back home.

  • On your way out of town (heading to Hwy 400) stop at The Wahta Station for some locally made jams, and What a Bakery for cranberry chicken meat pies to eat at a later date. Pick up some baked goods to have for breakfast the next morning.

Don’t miss the Bala Cranberry Festival, always the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year, the festival will be October 12, 13 & 14.