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Edition 29: September 30, 2002

Come Celebrate Fall in West Muskoka

In the twenty-ninth issue of the Bed and Breakfast Traveller, we take you to Muskoka, located in central Ontario just ninety minutes north of Toronto.

Autumn in Muskoka

When she puts on her fall colours, Muskoka begins her second busiest season of the year. For many, this is the best season of them all. With the granite and water as a backdrop, the foliage adds yet another dimension for scenery seekers. Walking and cycling trailsoffer opportunities to breathe the fall air. Festivals complete the show. In West Muskoka, the towns of Bala and Port Carling as well as such smaller communities as Windermere and Rosseau welcome you and can offer comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation during your stay. See the Muskoka Bed and Breakfast Association website,

On September 28 and 29 the Autumn Studio Tour of Muskoka takes place throughout the district. This is an annual event featuring visits and tours of artisan studios. On October 5 & 6 a triple-header of activities includes an Antique Show & Sale at the Bala Sports Arena, Cottage Country Art Show & Sale at the Bala Legion,and Gift & Craft Fair at the Torrance Community Centre.

West Muskoka takes centre stage with the 18th Bala Cranberry Festival on October 18, 19, 20. Three fun filled days celebrate Muskoka's unique agricultural heritage. This is a festival designed with the whole family in mind!

Aerial photo of Johnston's Cranberry Marsh

Come and celebrate the harvest at Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh or Iroquois Cranberry Growers. Shuttle buses will take you out to the marshes where you can take a tractor or horse drawn wagon ride. Sample Cranberry, White Cranberry, and Blueberry Cranberry wines at Muskoka Lakes Winery at the Johnston Marsh.,

Bala has strong ties to Lucy Maud Montgomery and on the 19th, you can enjoy the Cran-Anne Look-Alike Contest. What would Anne (of Green Gables fame) look like if she came to the Cranberry Festival today? Find out at this delightful contest.

One of the hanging baskets that helped Bala earn those four blooms

On Saturday, December 7 take a Trek to Bethlehem. Bala's streets are transformed into a biblical village where visitors journey back in time to experience the first Christmas. 5:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.If you can’t make it this fall, put West Muskoka on your must-do list for next year. Both Bala and Port Carling were awarded the coveted "Four Blooms" in the province-wide Communities in Bloom competition and will be in national competition next year.

Thank you to the West Muskoka Chamber of Commerce for assistance in the preparation of this edition of the Bed and Breakfast

The Muskoka Bed and Breakfast Association

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