A fun-filled (and delicious) culinary trail inspired by our beloved cranberry!
There is some pretty exciting news coming out of Muskoka this fall with the second annual Muskoka Cranberry Route, a culinary trail (or route if you will) with 26 crantastic stops across Muskoka.
You might already know this, but Bala is the Cranberry Capital of Ontario, and has been hosting one of the biggest cranberry celebrations, the Bala Cranberry Festival, for the last 30+ years. The cranberry capital of Ontario is also home to the oldest cranberry farm in Ontario, and the only cranberry farm in the world with its own on-site winery.
The love for cranberries doesn’t stop in Bala, Muskoka has long been crazy for cranberries. Across Muskoka, our talented chefs, bakers and brewers have been incorporating local cranberries into their craft for years, and the Muskoka Cranberry Route pulls this collection together to showcase our local food and our local talent.
Tour the cranberry marsh (and get that iconic photo in the berries), sip cranberry craft beer and cider, indulge in cranberry baked goodies and treats, be amazed by cranberry inspired cuisine, and bring home the tastes (and smells) of the harvest! Your cranberry adventure will take you down some of Muskoka’s historic main streets and coolest back roads, along the shores of our stunning lakes and sweeping forests.
Plan your #CRANROUTE culinary adventure today. This is one crantastic experience you don’t want to miss!
Visit the Cranberry Marsh
Every Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary adventure should start with a visit to Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery to gain a true appreciation and understanding for cranberries.
Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, an experience so special it has been designated a Canadian Signature Experience. This one-of-a-kind experience includes a tour of the farm followed by a tutoured wine tasting of their delicious fruit wines. Tour is available 3 times daily – 11am, 1pm and 3pm – and all day during cranberry harvest weekends.
Take the Cranberry Plunge, one of Muskoka’s most exciting fall experiences. Put on hip waders and venture into the cranberries for that amazing candid photo that should be hung on your wall, on your fireplace, or posted as your Facebook profile photo. There have even been marriage proposals in the berries (she said yes!).
- Shop the Cranberry Store for some amazing goodies to take home like fresh cranberries, delicious fruit wines, Mrs. J’s (famous) preserves, cranberry honey, cranberry teas and oh so much more. Definitely take home one of their Cranberry Cider or Cranberry Splash Wine Spritzers!
Dining & Culinary
Muskoka has a growing reputation as a foodie destination and with good reason. Our restaurants boast exceptionally talented chefs that share a commitment to fresh, local ingredients (like fresh, local cranberries).
Discover the amazing tastes of cranberry-inspired cuisine at these great eateries and restaurants:
Moon River Lookout: Three Course Cranberry Menu, featuring a Field Greens Salad with a Cranberry Vinaigrette, choice of Beer Battered Pickerel & Chips with their famous Cranberry Tartar Sauce or Cranberry BBQ Chicken & Ribs, finished with their delicious Cranberry Apple Crumble
Rende Italian Eatery: 4 cranberry menu features including their Cranberry Lasagna, fresh lasagna with Cranberry Italian Sausage in a cranberry cream sauce. 100% authentico Italian cuisine. Buon appetito!
Vintages Dining Room at Sherwood Inn: 3 cranberry menu features including their Cranberry Panko Crusted Salmon Filet, served with your choice of whipped Yukon potatoes, apple and sausage stuffing, or seasonal fall harvest vegetables
Muskoka Chophouse at JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka: Sip on a Bala cranberry infused cosmopolitan as you savour succulent lump crab cakes, Certified Angus Beef, tantalizing sides and the crowd pleasing crème brulee
Huntsville Brewhouse: 3 cranberry menu features including their Seasonal Turkey Burger: charbroiled, served on a spent grain Kaiser, cranberry mayo, tomatoes, baby lettuce. Your choice of soup, green salad or thick cut fries. Wash the dish down with the refreshing Red Sky At Night Cranberry Radler
Lighthouse 45 at Rawley Resort: The Chefs artfully blend savoury tastes with innovative touches with the 5 oz. bacon wrapped pork tenderloin and cranberry
Inn at the Falls: A (difficult) choice of either delicious Beef Tenderloin with cranberry red wine reduction or Cranberry and goat cheese stuffed chicken
Riverwalk Restaurant: Three Course Cranberry Menu, featuring a Green salad with dried cranberries, Savoury cranberry compote that accompanies both the pan seared duck entree and pork entree, finished with their delicious Seasonal cranberry bread pudding
Seasons Restaurant at Patterson Kaye Resort: Three Course Cranberry Menu, including their whole brook Trout with cranberry almond sauce, served with wild rice and lentils, cranberries, baked sweet potato with a chipotle-lime aioli, finished off with cranberry pavlova for dessert.
Creative Plate Eatery: 3 cranberry menu features including herbed venison with cranberry and cherry coulis, duck burger with cranberry blackberry cherry jam an goats cheese, and the signature cranberry garlic maple pasta with cranberry sausages
Blue Willow Tea Shop: Sip on a cranberry apple tea, while enjoying the grilled brie and cranberry tea sandwich, with baked brie and cranberry chutney grilled on your choice of bread. Choose one of the homemade soups or salads on the side
Erika’s: Enjoy the turkey with a twist sandwich, served on you choice of 9 Grain, Muskoka Rye Bread, white or whole wheat bread with sliced white turkey breast, lettuce, salt, pepper and topped with the delicious cranberry mayo
Crack a pint (or stop in for a sample) and enjoy the good life at these great local craft breweries. Be sure to take some craft pints home to enjoy throughout the harvest!
Try these delicious cranberry inspired craft brews:
Muskoka Brewery: The Caught Red Cranded is a dry saison with subtle notes of pepper matched with a low bitterness and tart cranberry, we know we’re going to catch you with this one. Stop by the taproom to try this limited edition graduate of the Moonlight Kettle Series, or stay a while to check out the grounds and maybe even tour the brewery.
Sawdust City Brewing Co.: The Blood of Cthulhu Imperial Stout is a flavoured imperial stout with a ridiculous amount of malt, rich chocolate, and a mixture of tart cranberries and raspberries. The stout pairs well with dark beefy venison stews, dark chocolate cakes, and vanilla ice cream. The seasonal beer is available at the Sawdust City Brewing retail store located on the north end of Gravenhurst’s main street.
Huntsville Brewhouse: The Red Sky At Night Cranberry Radler is infused with peach and cranberry. This light, not too sweet, not too tart thirst-quencher goes down easy while watching the sun disappear into the horizon. A perfect blend of mulled apple cider and soft peach, this dry radler is distinctly crisp and aromatic, complemented by Magnum and Cascade hops. The delicate sweetness is created from a combination of 2 Row malts and a mix of fruits, creating a light and refreshing drink. The brewhouse features all the Lake of Bays brews and is conveniently located right downtown Huntsville.
Baked Goodies & Treats
Who doesn’t love baked goodies? And who doesn’t love baked goodies with delicious cranberries, the perfect blend of sweet and tart. You’ve got to try these unbelievably good baked goodies at our local scratch bakeries and cafes:
Cottage Cravings: whipped up glorious cranberry tarts, oatmeal cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies, cranberry frozen yogurt and cranberry and white chocolate scones for all cranberry route goers to enjoy with a cup of hot coco. There is a flavour for every taste, with over thirty mouth watering hot chocolate flavours to choose from.
Whimsical Bakery: is baking cranberry scones with house-made cranberry raspberry jam, apple cranberry crumble tarts, lemon cranberry muffins, cranberry walnut muesli bread and cranberry frozen yogurt for their featured stop on the cranberry route. The light, warm, and fluffy pastry will have your mouth watering with the lasting taste of cranberries.
Erika’s: is baking delicious cranberry butter tarts, filled with freshly cooked cranberries, cranraisin and their famous butter tart mixture. Their award winning butter tarts are sure to leave you wanting more.
Blue Willow Tea Shop: is busy baking up a storm with their cranberry scones, baked fresh each morning and paired with orange or lemon. Served with jam and Devonshire cream all day long. Also enjoy their cranberry and brie crepes with orange infused crepes topped with baked brie and cranberry chutney offered on the breakfast menu.
Humble Pie: offers home-style hearty fruit pies, pastries, quiche, breads & award winning culinary delights – the famous Humble Pie Butter Tarts!
Visit these route stops and bring the cranberry harvest home with you to enjoy year round!
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery: shop the Cranberry Store for some amazing goodies to take home like fresh cranberries, delicious fruit wines, Mrs. J’s (famous) preserves, cranberry honey, cranberry teas and oh so much more.
Bala Freshmart: home to the pure pork cranberry sausages, the perfect hearty fall BBQ headliner. The sweet and savoury combination is a match made in heaven. Pair with a fresh baked bun, lightly toasted, and your friends will be calling to ask when the next BBQ will be happening.
Cranberry Spa Treatments
Sometimes it is just nice to get pampered! Sip cranberry cinnamon cider, taste local cranberry treats and re-hydrate with luxurious treatments; lounge in the hydrospa, aromatherapy steam room, whirlpool or sauna at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka.
Have a berry good time at these must-see local attractions that are celebrating the joys of cranberries in Muskoka!
Sunset Cruises: The “Muskoka Experience” always includes a cruise on the big 3 Muskoka Lakes, with their rugged & beautiful Canadian Shield vistas & gorgeous cottages. Enjoy live commentary including history and local lore. They will be serving yummy cranberry muffins aboard the Peerless II.
Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery: Take the Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour, a one-of-a-kind experience includes a tour of the farm followed by a tutoured wine tasting of their delicious fruit wines. Take the Cranberry Plunge, one of Muskoka’s most exciting fall experiences. Put on hip waders and venture into the cranberries for that amazing candid photo that should be hung on your wall, on your fireplace, or your Facebook profile photo.
Where to Stay
Muskoka is brilliant during the fall season, and a Muskoka Cranberry Route culinary adventure is the perfect excuse for a fall getaway. Stay at one of these great Muskoka Cranberry Route accommodation partners:
- JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka
- Taboo Muskoka
- Sherwood Inn
- Residence Inn by Marriott
- Ontario Cottage Rentals
- Patterson Kaye Resort
- Inn at the Falls