Just two hours north of Toronto, Muskoka Lakes is a popular getaway for anyone looking for a great Ontario vacation! Muskoka Lakes offers an wide variety of activities all year-round which include boating, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, hiking and so much more. Muskoka was given the #1 spot in the National Geographic “10 Best Trips of Summer 2011” and was included in their “Best Trips of the World 2012” Famous for pristine waters, granite landscape and brilliant fall colours, Muskoka Lakes is a breathtaking destination for your vacation!

Bala is a small town within Muskoka which has many fun and exciting events and things to do. I spent the day touring through the town experiencing everything the town has to offer.

First I took a trip to Bala Falls! ‘Splash’ The scenery is gorgeous and I could have stared at the frothing water, crashing over the pink rocks, all day.

Next I made my way down the main street for some shopping! There are clothing stores, restaurants, cafe’s, Don’s Bakery and a grocery store.

 

I then visited Bala’s Museum. Did you know that author Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of Anne of Green Gables) based one of her best books upon a 2-week visit to Bala, Muskoka, in the summer of 1922? Bala’s Museum is the house where Lucy M. Montgomery ate her meals for the 2 weeks when she visited Bala. (I picked up a copy of The Blue Castle from the gift shop)

The Museum is dedicated to L.M.Montgomery, and gives an extensive experience of the time period she lived in, the books she has written and her life.

 

 

To the left, I am standing in an authentic 1920’s kitchen. Everything is cream and green! Amazing enough, all of the appliances are fully functional. I am holding a child’s mini 1920’s stove toy, which actually works (I guess it would be the equivalent of an Easy Bake Oven).

I sat down with the owner of the museum, Linda, to have some tea. This scene is inspired by when Anne and Diana were at the famous tea party where Diana mistakenly drank red currant wine (Anne of Green Gables).

 

Bala is also the home to the annual Cranberry Festival! It is always held the weekendafter Thanksgiving. The organizing group of the Festival is a non-profit corporation that is

dependent on community pride and cooperation.  The entire Cranberry Festival is run by Bala’s enthusiastic volunteers. Each year, the festival donates funds to local charities,community organizations, scholarships, and special events taking place throughout the year.

Honourable mention goes to The Kee to Bala. This Canadian music tradition was established in 1942. The Kee is the place to go for a night filled with dancing and music!

   Just twenty minutes north of Bala in Gravenhurst, you can get aboard the Segwun, North America’s oldest operating steamship. Experience the Wenonah II with all its modern conveniences. Celebrate aboard the intimate Wanda III. It’s the one-of-a-kind way to experience Muskoka.

The Muskoka Lakes Navigation Company (a.k.a. NAVCO), from its founding in 1866 until its demise as a common carrier in September 1958, operated the largest and finest fleet of inland lake steamships in North America. This revived NAVCO is not a common carrier but operates public cruises to preserve knowledge of the steam era and to let the public experience “the fun, romance and history” of the Muskoka Lakes.

 

Thanks Niagara Falls for sponsoring the Miss Teen Canada World 2nd blog challenge!

Written by: Natasha Bordiuk
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