10 Best Airbnb Vacation Rentals In Bala, Canada - Updated 2024

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Lying near the Muskoka Lakes in the municipality district of Muskoka, Central Ontario, Bala has around 370 residents all year-round, making it the smallest incorporated town in Canada. However, this tight-knit neighborhood is a very popular destination among tourists and locals during summer, swelling the population to 5,000 during this season. Bala’s Museum with Memories of Lucy Maud Montgomery, Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh & Muskoka Lakes Winery, The KEE to Bala, Windsor Park, and Bala Falls are just some of the many places you can go to as you explore the area. If you’re one of the many people who want to visit this place, check out our list of the best Airbnb vacation rentals in Bala, Canada.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 22, 2024.

1. Modern retreat near local amenities (from USD 586)

Designed with the latest amenities in mind, this modern retreat is a year-round cottage situated on the peninsula of Lake Muskoka. As the property is approximately 2 acres (0.8 hectares) wide and surrounded by 700 feet (213 meters) of waterfront view, you can take pleasure in watching the dazzling lake encompassing the place. Inside, there’s a kitchen where you can whip up hearty meals and a TV for indoor entertainment. It features an open-concept design that comprises four bedrooms and three bathrooms in the main cottage and two additional bedrooms in the boathouse. The cottage is also very close to restaurants, convenience stores, and liquor shops. Also, it is just a few minutes away from downtown Bala shops and The KEE to Bala.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.54 km (7.2 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
49 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 9 Beds 14 Guests 6 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 14

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
everything about the cottage layout was great with lots of room for 4 couples
we loved the kitchen as it had everything that you might need for cooking
the best cottage i’ve ever been to so clean and modern
a spacious well-equipped clean place with a very responsive host
carole was very helpful in booking the stay providing instructions and responding to questions
carol is a wonderful host responds quickly to messages
carol was a gracious host and her property was well maintained
carol was really sweet and accommodating
the location is great as you can walk into the village
the location is great - close to the grocery store and lcbo
great location beautiful interior and very spacious
would definitely recommend and would love to see this place in the summer
great location easy walk into bala that has all the amenities and a quick drive off main roads
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2. Charming cottage in the heart of Muskoka (from USD 871)

If you’re looking for a place where you can experience the fusion of classic and modern styles, this cottage is the place to go. This abode has vintage characteristics that are nicely accentuated with updated appliances. There’s a kitchen with ample counter space, in case you need to cook your daily meals. Outside, there’s a dock where you can watch the sunrise or sunset and an eight-person hot tub where you can soak in anytime you want. Located in the center of Lake Muskoka, the owners were able to preserve the authentic design of the place by keeping the cedar wood floors and the Muskoka stone fireplace. While staying here, you can enjoy numerous activities in the city’s most-visited places such as The KEE to Bala, Bala Falls, and Gravenhurst among others.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.2 km (7.0 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
13 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the beds were quite comfortable
beautiful luxurious clean well furnished and really well maintained
beautifully decorated stylish and impeccably clean while still feeling comfortable and cozy
the cottage was exceptionally clean very well equipped and organized
the cottage is well stocked and very clean
beautifully decorated extremely clean and close to quaint shops
the owner was friendly
thank you for hosting
the host was constantly checking the security cameras and texting us and we felt zero privacy
great location as far as convenience walking distance to grocery store and lcbo
perfect for 2 families close to town which is very convenient
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3. Elegant cottage with a spacious deck (from USD 205)

Built amongst the waters and forests of Bala, this cottage is indeed a cozy place to stay. You can easily explore the city downtown as it’s also just a few minutes away from the location. You can have fun during the Cranberry Festival which is one of the most popular events in the whole of Ontario. Snuggling inside the cozy cottage isn’t a bad idea either. The dwelling has a spacious room great for a family occasion or friendly gatherings. In addition, the place also has an outdoor pit and barbecue grill suitable for fun cookouts.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.7 km (7.3 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
133 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 8 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great host nice welcome baskets on the beds for a homey touch
place was sparking clean
clean space thoughtful complimentary items and very quick responses
extremely clean the area is amazing i'd definitely recommend staying here
everything was so cute and extremely clean
great host great place
dealing with the host was very easy
the host was super helpful and responsive which helped make our trip even more enjoyable
thanks again for hosting us and accommodating our needs
cathy and libby are great hosts and very responsive to any questions you may have
also a close drive to hardy lake provincial park if you are into hiking
really nice place to stay at great location as well will come back for sure
would definitely suggest this place
best place worth every cent must visit
pretty great to stay at a cottage with everything you need within walking distance
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4. Attractive cottage with a verdant backyard (from USD 403)

This rental is a fantastic place for people seeking great waterfront accommodation. It comes complete with modern conveniences such as free WiFi, heating, and a TV. It also features two bedrooms and two bathrooms for six guests. The area is close to the local stores, restaurants, and tourist spots. The KEE to Bala is also within walking distance of the cottage. However, if you wish to stay within the vicinity, there are numerous activities that you can do as well. You can enjoy the magnificent sunset view or appreciate the beauty of the waterfront sights from the balcony. The backyard is also big enough for games and barbecue. One more thing about this place is they allow pets in the vicinity, so you don’t need to leave your non-human companions behind for the trip.

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Bala , Ontario, Canada
11.98 km (7.5 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
18 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
bala retreat was lovely clean and spacious
the "bala-retreat" is beautiful well furnished and very clean
the owners are very responsive and accommodating
kim & mike are very friendly
the location was awesome 10 minute walk into town close to restaurants/bars/groceries/lcbo
great location clean home and had all the extras we needed
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5. Lakefront cottage for six guests (from USD 184)

This lovely accommodation located on Moon River in the center of Bala is a great place for families, couples, and friends. Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, and Port Carling are all a 25-minute drive away. Aside from the views and modern conveniences, there are numerous activities that you can do such as roasting s'mores at the outdoor fire pit or paddle-boating during the warmer months. For the colder times of the year, you can either stay inside and cozy up by the fireplace or engage in hiking and ice skating. Though there is no public transit available around the area, a large on-site driveway is ready for your vehicles to park in.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.58 km (7.2 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
125 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
i was very pleased with the cottage notably the incredible water views from the kitchen and deck
the cottage is cozy and comfortably fit myself and 4 friends
the beds were very comfortable and there were plenty of pillows
fully stocked kitchen comfortable beds large living room/dining room lots of towels & extra bedding if needed
the decor is modern and comfortable
the place was super clean when we arrived
the place was also very clean and homey
very clean and comfortable with everything you could possibly want
cozy cottage everything was super clean and well stocked
jessica’s place was quaint clean and the kitchen was very well equipped
great cozy lovely space with a host that was quick with responses to questions
jessica was an amazing host
jessica was a fantastic host
great place and host larger than we thought
jessica was a great host and i very much enjoyed my stay highly recommended
very cute cottage walking distance to bala and the grocery store - great location
jessica’s place is conveniently located near bala’s main street area and also close to beautiful trails
it is located very close to downtown bala and a has beautiful view of the lake
beautiful place perfect location and amazing amenities
clean and located close to anything you can think of to enjoy a getaway on the lake
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6. Tranquil cottage surrounded by lush trees

This cottage is the place to be for people who are looking for pure relaxation. This peculiar cottage is like a mystery box that has a surprise inside it. As you enter the cottage, you will be welcomed by an appealing wide-open space and pine-covered ceiling. Indoor entertainment is also guaranteed, all thanks to the free WiFi and TV with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. The interior decoration gives you a calming sensation suitable for meditation and rejuvenation. It is also surrounded by lush trees that add to the abode’s zen feeling. If you want to explore the place, the city downtown is just a few minutes away. While here, you can visit some famous tourist spots such as The KEE to Bala, Ball Falls, and Lake Muskoka.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
10.93 km (6.8 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
42 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 8 Beds 4 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
great kitchen amenities made for easy meal prep
loved the living space centered around the wood burning fireplace and loved the expansive kitchen
the cottage was very clean and cozy you immediately feel at ease in this ‘homey’ space
the cottage was so clean stylish and comfortable
cozy clean stylish cottage in the woods
the cottage is clean and well stocked with all of the things you would need and then some
carrie was really helpful and made us feel at home
great location situated a few minutes from cute little bala
wonderful location in the heart of bala
the cottage location is excellent
the town of bala /lcbo/groceries are walking distance which is fantastic and super convenient
great location carrie was very responsive and helpful if we had any questions
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7. Amazing abode with a full kitchen

If you’re visiting Bala to experience different adventures, this rental is a great place to stay while you’re in the area. The cottage is adjacent to famous Bala tourist spots. Among these is The KEE to Bala, which is famous for hosting numerous concerts, and Jaspen Park that has a public beach where you can spend time enjoying the breeze. You can also have fun with water ski shows at Windsor Park on Tuesday nights and buy fresh ingredients from the farmer’s market at Jaspen Park every Monday. In terms of amenities, this rental has everything you might require for a pleasant stay—from the cozy bedroom and well-equipped kitchen to the warm living room with a TV. There’s also a balcony outside, where you can just relax after a long day.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.73 km (7.3 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
255 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the couch and bed are extremely comfortable and they had a good movie cable selection
the kitchen was fully stocked and the coffee area was just perfect
nice private suite with kitchen and great amenities for our short stay
complimentary coffee/tea is the morning was appreciated as well as a very comfortable livingroom lounging area
cozy and tidy place with lots of nice touches like books cards games
very nice and clean place
the place was clean and spacious
the space was clean cozy and homey
the bathroom was sparkling clean which we really appreciated
june’s place was clean and tidy
hosts were very helpful in getting us settled in
great friendly hosts
june was a great host fast responses and easy to communicate with
very nice hosts and very accommodating
june is an excellent host
the location is perfect walking distance to everything
perfect walking distance to the kee
conveniently located and great value place for a short trip in muskoka lakes
great comfortable place awesome location within walking distance of everything in bala
nice apartment and everything in walking distance
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8. Capacious rental for 16 guests (from USD 519)

Located in the heart of Bala, this rental offers access to most of the popular local tourist spots in the area. It consists of 10 bedrooms and 4 baths, enough to accommodate 16 guests. It comes with a kitchen where everyone is allowed to cook meals as well as a backyard for some cookout. Another thing that you’d love about this abode is that it provides kid-friendly amenities for the little ones. It also accepts fur babies, so you don’t have to leave them behind. There are two public beaches you can go to loosen up. You can also enjoy water activities such as scuba diving, swimming, and canoeing among others.

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Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.52 km (7.2 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
21 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 18 Beds 16 Guests 11 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 16

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
each of the room has it's individual charms and decor that has a cottage/camp feel
cathy’s place is great - very clean and good location in town
cathy was a great host and made sure that we were well looked after
cathy is an excellent host she makes you feel right at home
cathy's bala house was fantastic she is a great host who communicates very effectively
i recommend staying here cathy is a great host
good location close to town shops
it’s location in town is very good
fantastic location within 5 minute walking distance of lots of downtown shops restaurants etc
cathy's place was great walking distance to town and the kee
if you're looking for a place to house a large number of people this is a great location
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9. Beautiful home near outdoor activities

This home in the heart of Bala is a lovely addition to this list as it also gives you the convenience of accessing the city’s best spots. Although it is recommended that you explore the area by car, walking your way around the place is not also a bad idea. Since the famous tourist locations in Bala are just a walking distance from the rental, you can have a fun stroll with your family, friends, or pets. Some activities that you can do here include ice-fishing, trekking, camping, and snowmobiling. You can also do yoga and other recreational activities because this abode exudes a serene feeling perfect for meditation. Other amenities that you can make use of while staying here include a well-equipped kitchen, free WiFi, and complimentary on-site parking.

Stayed at this property?
Bala, Ontario, Canada
12.12 km (7.6 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
16 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire residential home 6 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
we had an amazing experience at karen’s warm cozy and authentic house with so many small and touching things
all in all the cottage met my hygge standards and would recommend it for a cozy fall/winter stay
great place to stay and very clean and accurate
the place was absolutely great clean and comfortable
karen was extraordinarily accommodating friendly and kind
karen was very responsive
did i say the location was fantastic?
a lovely place in a beautiful area
karens’s place was just lovely great value for money and fantastic location
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10. Spectacular cottage with views of the Moon River (from USD 654)

Among all the places listed, this waterfront cottage is said to have the best view of the iconic Moon River. This place is surrounded by water on its three sides with its 600-foot (182-meter) deep waterfront. By afternoon, you can witness the magnificent sunset view from the dock or the hot tub. Inside, you will find a well-equipped kitchen with an island, four bedrooms, and three bathrooms. The famous Don’s Bakery, Beer Store, and The KEE to Bala are just some of the popular tourist spots you can visit nearby. If you’re with your family, Jaspen Park is also a great place to visit as it has a children’s playground and a beach. Aside from that, it also has a farmer’s market open every Monday.

Stayed at this property?
Bala, Ontario, Canada
11.48 km (7.2 mi) from Torrance Barrens Dark-Sky Preserve
15 reviews   Wifi Available
Entire cottage 9 Beds 15 Guests 9 Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 15

Top guest reviews
heather and kerry are amazing host they are kind and always reply quickly
the hosts are super kind and easily reachable
the hosts were very responsive and left detailed and easy to follow instructions
kerry & heather are truly super hosts
great hosts beautiful cottage
great location and beautiful views
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Enjoy the magnificent views of Bala

Wherever you decide to stay for vacation in Bala, you should always keep the purpose of your visit in mind. In that case, you will be able to find the perfect vacation rental that suits your taste and needs. For recommendations, consider checking out our list above.

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