A fun-filled (and delicious) culinary trail inspired by our beloved cranberry!
There is some pretty exciting news coming out of Muskoka this fall with the annual Muskoka Cranberry Route, a culinary trail (or route if you will) with 13 crantastic stops across Muskoka.
You might already know this, but Bala is the Cranberry Capital of Ontario and has been hosting one of the biggest cranberry celebrations, the Bala Cranberry Festival, for the last 30+ years. The cranberry capital of Ontario is also home to the oldest cranberry farm in Ontario, and the only cranberry farm in the world with its own on-site winery. Cranberry Festival is back! You must purchase your ticket in advance.
The love for cranberries doesn’t stop in Bala. Muskoka has long been crazy for cranberries. Across Muskoka, our talented chefs, bakers and brewers have been incorporating local cranberries into their craft for years, and the Muskoka Cranberry Route pulls this collection together to showcase our local food and talent.
Tour the cranberry marsh (and get that iconic photo in the berries), sip cranberry craft beer and cider, indulge in cranberry baked goodies and treats, be amazed by cranberry inspired cuisine, and bring home the tastes (and smells) of the harvest! Your cranberry adventure will take you down some of Muskoka’s historic main streets, most scenic back roads, and along the shores of our stunning lakes.
Plan your #CRANROUTE culinary adventure today. This is one crantastic experience you don’t want to miss!
Visit the Cranberry Marsh
Every Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary adventure should start with a visit to Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery to gain a true appreciation and understanding for cranberries.
Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, an experience so special it has been designated a Canadian Signature Experience. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a tour of the farm followed by a tutoured wine tasting of their delicious fruit wines. Tour is available 3 times daily – 11am, 1pm and 3pm – and all day during cranberry harvest weekends.
Take the Cranberry Plunge, one of Muskoka’s most exciting fall experiences. Put on hip waders and venture into the cranberries for that amazing candid photo that should be hung on your wall, on your fireplace, or posted as your Facebook profile photo. There have even been marriage proposals in the berries (she said yes!).
- Shop the Cranberry Store for some amazing goodies to take home like fresh cranberries, delicious fruit wines, Mrs. J’s (famous) preserves, cranberry honey, cranberry teas and so much more. Definitely take home one of their Cranberry Cider or Cranberry Splash Wine Spritzers!
Dining & Culinary
Muskoka has a growing reputation as a foodie destination and for a good reason. Our restaurants boast exceptionally talented chefs that share a commitment to fresh, local ingredients (like fresh, local cranberries).
Discover the amazing tastes of cranberry-inspired cuisine at these great eateries and restaurants:
Huntsville Brewhouse: Savour the In-House Smoked Trout Salad, a tasty blend of Georgian Bay Rainbow Trout, dried Bala cranberries, maple granola, four seasons greens, and smoked peach and cranberry vinaigrette. Don’t forget to try their cranberry-inspired brew, including the Red Sky at Night cranberry-peach radler.
Bracebridge Barrelhouse: Check out the cranberry offerings at one of Bracebridge’s newest culinary additions. Feast on the Warm Brie Wheel, complete with spiced cranberry compote and caramelized walnuts. Pair with their cranberry-inspired brews, including the Red Sky at Night cranberry-peach radler.
Bala Bay Takeaway: Experience several cranberry products on our menu, which are available year round as well as a few that are seasonal.
Bala Falls Pub: Try our Fall Harvest Moonshine Cocktail featuring Johnston’s Cranberry Juice and Fire Water Moonshine From Murphy’s Law Distillery. This beverage is perfect for any kind of fall day, and available all year for those who just love cranberries, like us!
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka: It’s Cranberry Season at The Rosseau. Treat Your Taste Buds and sip on a Bala cranberry infused cocktails as you savour our Ontario center cut pork chop with apple cranberry compote. Enjoy our Muskoka Fall Salad and Cranberry Cheesecake. Cocktail in hand, head outdoors to the resort’s terrace to overlook scenic views of magnificent Lake Rosseau from a hundred foot granite bluff.
Crack a pint (or stop in for a sample) and enjoy the good life at these great local craft breweries. Be sure to take some craft pints home to enjoy throughout the harvest!
Try these delicious cranberry-inspired craft brews:
Muskoka Brewery:Stop by Muskoka Brewery’s Taproom to try a wide selection of local craft beer. Celebrate Cranberry season with the recent launch of Winter Beard. A double chocolate cranberry stout that boasts notes of rich, dark chocolate and tart cranberry. Take some cans home to celebrate the season all winter long! Open daily 11am – 6pm. No reservations. Outdoor covered patio.
Huntsville Brewhouse: The Red Sky at Night cranberry radler is a delicious blend of peach and cranberry. This light, not too sweet, not too tart thirst-quencher goes down easy while watching the sun disappear into the horizon. A perfect blend of mulled apple cider and soft peach, this dry radler is distinctly crisp and aromatic, complemented by Magnum and Cascade hops. The delicate sweetness is created from a combination of 2 Row malts and a mix of fruits, creating a light and refreshing drink. The brewhouse features all the Lake of Bays brews and is conveniently located right downtown Huntsville.
Bracebridge Barrelhouse: This is the Lake of Bays brewery’s newest venture! Now you can conveniently enjoy your favourite Lake of Bays brews in Bracebridge. The Red Sky at Night cranberry radler is a light mix of peach and cranberry flavours.
Clear Lake Brewing Company: Find this local brewery downtown Torrance, just off of Southwood road. The Clear Lake Cran Radler is a refreshing blend of tart cranberries and beer with just a hint of blood orange. Or, try the Torrance Tea, brewed specially for the cranberry harvest. This OG malt beverage is flavoured with iced tea and fresh cranberry juice from the Johnston’s cranberry marsh.
Visit these route stops and bring the cranberry harvest home with you to enjoy year round!
Bala Freshmart: Don’t forget to pick up some of their famous pure pork Cranberry Sausages, the perfect hearty fall BBQ headliner. The sweet and savoury combination is a match made in heaven. Pair with fresh-baked buns for a delicious cranberry dinner you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Available fresh or frozen.
Inn at the Falls: Enjoy our two new Cranberry Route inspired items! Our delicious Baked Brie with Roasted Cranberries, Pistachio and Fresh Basil and signature Cranberry and Ginger Sparkling Rum Cider. Both Available after October 15
JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka: Welcome the cranberry harvest this fall at Hydrospa with cranberry inspired treatments for the whole month of October!
Have a berry good time at these must-see local attractions that are celebrating the joys of cranberries in Muskoka!
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery: Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, a one-of-a-kind experience includes a tour of the farm followed by a tutoured wine tasting of their delicious fruit wines. Take the Cranberry Plunge, one of Muskoka’s most exciting fall experiences. Put on hip waders and venture into the cranberries for that amazing candid photo that should be hung on your wall, on your fireplace, or your social media accounts.
Where to Stay
Muskoka is brilliant during the fall season, and a Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary adventure is the perfect excuse for a fall getaway. Stay at one of these great Muskoka Cranberry Route accommodation partners: