I stumbled across an advertisement for the Bala Cranberry Festival a couple of weeks ago and was surprised I had never heard of the event before. It’s really well established and there are actually shuttle buses available from places like Gravenhurst taking tourists to the festival for the day. After seeing a few photos, I knew I wanted to go check it out!
The Bala Cranberry Festival
The festival takes place in the town of Bala with all kinds of food, crafts, and art vendors set up along the streets in different clusters. The best part though, I think, is visiting the actual cranberry farm itself. I mean, we’ve all seen the cranberry juice commercial where the guys are wading in the berries, right? Why wouldn’t you want to do that!? It’s a short drive or shuttle bus journey from Bala (like 5 minutes) to Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and although it was packed with visitors, the people dispersed throughout the farm’s different activities and it never felt over crowded.
The cranberry festival is taking place right Now, October 14th – 16th in Bala, and I can tell you from first hand experience that the leaves are at their absolute peak in the area. The drive from Toronto is about 2 hours, but it’s definitely worth it. The views are breathtaking and if you’re lucky you’ll even spot some wildlife on the side of the road (moose, bear, deer…you’ll at least see a squirrel!).