Province/Territory: Ontario

Muskoka's Cranberry & Wine Discovery

  • 05 cranberry varieties
  • 09 wine varieties
  • 01 of the oldest farms in Canada

Discover fascinating secrets and surprising flavours as you follow cranberries from their native bog to becoming wine. Peek behind the scenes at this heritage farm, set in the Muskoka wilderness. Stand in the low-growing cranberry vines and discover how Canada’s most famous native fruit was named for its crane-shaped blossom.
In autumn, you’ll want to stay on the raised dikes, because the beds are flooded for picking.  After learning the bog’s secrets, it’s off to the winery where time-honoured winemaking techniques meet indigenous, Ontario fruit. Relax at the wine bar, tasting your way from red-style dry wines to ice-style dessert wines. Enjoy the delicious, award-winning flavours that only ingredients like blueberries, cranberries and maple syrup can produce! Craving a cranberry keepsake? Visit the gift shop where you’ll find everything cranberry; from fresh pick cranberries and homemade preserves to cranberry juice, tea and scented candles.

Why you should visit

• Discover the surprising way cranberries are grown and harvested.
• Sample cranberry wine from one of the few places in the world where it's produced.
• Explore one of five hiking trails (three with self-guided tours).
• Experience the treasure-hunt excitement of geo-caching on the trails (rent a GPS at the Welcome Centre).
• Enjoy a glass of wine and a local cheese plate on the patio.
• Bring a picnic or borrow a basket and fill it with local goodies to enjoy on the trails or in the picnic grove.
• Rent snowshoes in winter.
• Discover Art at the Marsh through displays by local artists and hidden pictographs.

Weather

• The warm season in the Muskoka area lasts from mid-May to mid-September with the average temperatures being: Spring 19°C, Summer 25°C and Fall 19°C.  
• Discover local weather information.  Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

Visitor information

Admission Prices.  Free parking is available!
• Open daily, year round.
• Daily tours start at 1 PM.
• Custom group tours available.
• On-site gift shop, food and beverages available.

When to go

• July and August have the warmest weather.
• Cranberry harvest happens in October.
• Celebrate everything cranberry the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving at the Bala Cranberry Festival.

Need to know

• Dress for the elements, wear comfortable walking shoes.
• Wheelchair-accessible gravel pathways.
• Free parking for vehicles and buses.
• Plan for at least 1.5 hours to experience this outing.
• Tours meet at the welcome centre.

Getting Here

• Located in Bala, Ontario, approximately a 2-hour drive north of Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
• There is no commercial airport in or near Bala so the easiest way for international travellers to access the region is to fly to Toronto and rent a car.
• View current highway conditions.