History meets culinary genius at the Bala Bay Inn

July 29, 2009 – by Kim Good – special thanks to The Muskokan

At almost 100 years old, the Bala Bay Inn is steeped in history. Sitting down for dinner, I was immediately awed by the remnants of the era still retained in the hotel’s original dining room, recently redesigned but which dates back to 1910. Aptly named Ghosts, the room’s 16-foot tin ceiling and refinished hardwood floors evoke nostalgia while the bright, modern décor provides a fresh, airy feel…more

Haunted Ontario

By Tracy McLaughlin

Haunted OntarioMisty swirls of vapour that float across the room. Eerie orbs of white light. The sound of footsteps in the night when nobody is there. The cackle of laughter, or the lonely desperate sound of someone weeping that echoes from the walls of empty rooms…more


Muskoka Sun

By Mr.Jack Hutton June 29 2006

balabay1Have you ever seen a ghost smile? Take a look at one of the upper windows the next time you drive past the Bala Bay Inn. If you look ever so carefully, you may catch a glimpse of the late E.B. Sutton, who built that hotel in 1910. Sutton has supposedly been haunting the place ever since his death in August 1917..more

balabay2The story of ‘The Three Knocks’ has been shared many times on CBC television and radio and appeared in a book called Haunted Ontario, written by Parry Sound writer Terry Boyle. (Boyle will be conducting ghost tours outside the Bala Bay Inn… more

balabay3Word is slowly getting out that the Bala Bay Inn is not what it was a year ago. Every carpet and every mattress was replaced within weeks of the sale going through. The interior has undergone a total restoration in colour design. Guests can now use a wireless environment for their laptop computers. Soon, there will be special buffets on…more