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Bala Cranberry Harvest

  • Johnston's Cranberry Marsh 1074 Cranberry Road Bala, ON, P0C 1A0 Canada (map)

Harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when we (quite literally) get to see the fruit of our labour! We start two weekends before Canadian Thanksgiving and are usually finished by October 31st. We harvest only once a year. We have 27 acres to pick and produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries.

Cranberries are grown and harvested like no other crop in the world. They’re also native only to North America. That makes them a fascinating part of our heritage! Drop by and learn about this unique crop!

Harvest Highlights:

Every Day:

  • Harvest Hours (until Oct 31): 9-6 daily

  • Daily Bog to Bottle Tour @ 11, 1 & 3

    • includes guided tour and tutored wine tasting

    • during harvest, the guided tour is on the wagon

  • Enjoy a Wine Tasting

  • Shop in The Cranberry Emporium

  • Take The Cranberry Plunge

  • Sample cranberry goodies at the Cranberry Cafe (Open daily Sept 29 – Oct 14)

  • Hike the Trails

  • Hunt for Geocaches

  • Try kids’ activities like Critter Catching

  • See harvesting and packinghouse operations (can vary)


  • All Day Wagon Tours (weekends between Sept 22 & Oct 21)

  • Helicopter Rides (Thanksgiving & Festival weekends)

  • Take The Cranberry Plunge (weekends between Sept 29 & Oct 21)

  • Harvest weekend dates:

    • Sept 22-23

    • Sept 29-30

    • Oct 6-8 (Thanksgiving)

    • Oct 12-14 (Bala Cranberry Festival)

    • Oct 20-21

Earlier Event: September 22
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour
Later Event: September 29
Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour