Busch Gardens is situated in the hub of Muskoka on Lake Muskoka with a 150' of prime water frontage (250' at road) in the town of Bala. This historical (2nd oldest building in the town of Bala) five bedroom cottage/home has much to offer and is a great size for large families or corporate getaways. This area (The Cranberry Capital of Canada) offers they say "some of the best boating in the world". So bring your boat and dock it right at the boathouse. Explore Lake Muskoka and see some of the most exclusive cottage estate properties in the world. Muskoka has just recently been voted by National Geographics as the No.1 tourist destination in the world. Enjoy summer activities such as sitting on the 1,000 sf deck on the boathouse (best seats) to watch the weekly (tuesday evening 7:00pm) ski show hosted from the park next door.Enjoy summer activities such as swimming, sunbathing, entertaining on several decks/patio around the property. Jump into the water from the dock or go in gradually from the the gently sloped sandy area beside the boathouse. You can sit out on the star filled nights on any of the decks/patio or by the firepit to listen to the Key to Bala or stroll through town to visit the falls and the towns activities. Walk through the town of Bala and visit many of the towns attractions and activities only minutes away such as the museum, shops, dining (Moon River Resturant, BJ's and more), water falls at moon river, Key to Bala etc.. Take less than a 1/2 hr. drive in the area to many attraction such as Santas Village in Bracebridge, the many historical Muskoka Resorts, dining, shops, museums, theatres. This area is also known as the hub for snowmobile trails right in front of the property. This area also known for cross country skiing is only 40 minute drive to your favourite ski hills such as Mount St. Louis, Hidden Valley etc
Bala is roughly 2 hour's drive from Toronto. There are two ways to get there - travelling east from Highway 400 or driving west from Gravenhurst.
From Highway 400 look for Exit 177 and go east on Muskoka Road 38
Drive about 18 km on Muskoka Road 38 to Bala
At Bala, turn right at the stop sign, on to District Road 169
Go about 500m and look for Olive Coloured Newly Stuccoed, 2-storey house on the left. The sign at the end of the driveway says Busch.
Drive west on District Road 169 from downtown Gravenhurst, about 25 km from the west end of Gravenhurst.
Look for a white, 2-storey house on the right, past the Beer Store and just before you enter Bala. The sign at the end of the driveway says Busch.
The fully equipped country kitchen with it's large antique oak table can accomadate your large family comfortably. The kitchen has an electric fireplace to either take off the chill in the summer morning or to keep it cozy in the winter.The two large family/living rooms can easy accomadate your large group. Each of these rooms have gas fireplaces to create the ambiance and rooms cozy for the winter. There is full Laundry (including now for winter) facility with one large 4 pc bathroom in the main building on the upper level by the bdrms and a 2nd bathroom with a 2 pc on the main level. We recently (2015) completed a new renovation on the back half of the building with an additional new 3 piece washroom. Most of the floors are the original hardwood (Maple) and red pine floors that have been restored as most of the building has been restored. The old existing trim adds to the ambiance of the old historical character of its time (late 1800's). The cottage/home is well furnished with a combination of some restored antique and newer very comfortable furniture. The 5 bedrooms host 3 queen size beds, 1 queen bed and 1 double bed with good mattresses mostly less than 3 yrs old. For the winter months a 100,000 btu high efficiency propane furnance temperature controlled to keep the building at a constant temperature. Although mostly summer being the high season for enjoying this property it can accomadate winter usage with comfort.
Muskoka is home to some of Ontario's finest attractions. Museums such as Bethune House and Muskoka Heritage Place showcase Muskoka history, while nature lovers travel from far and wide to enjoy the regions great outdoors Muskoka has many parks boasting countless lakes, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, campsites and hiking trails. You can also get close to nature at the Muskoka Wildlife Centre, Echo Valley Observatory or the only dark sky reserve in Ontario, the Torrance Barrens.
Why not experience a Muskoka tradition with professional theatre performances at the Gravenhurst Opera House and the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival? For the kids in the family, there is always Santa's Village and Sportsland for some great indoor/outdoor thrills and spills.
No visit to Muskoka is complete without taking in the scenery (or the splendor of the regions fall colours) on a sightseeing cruise on one of Muskoka beautiful lakes. Cruise Lakes Muskoka, Rosseau and Joseph on an historic steamship or the Lady Muskoka, explore Lake of Bays on a pontoon boat, or hop aboard the Island Queen and tour the 30,000 islands of Georgian Bay.
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