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Beautiful Muskoka Lake Boathouse/Cottage Port Carling/Bala: Most of Fall Open!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Boathouse, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps ~6, 4 in queen/king beds, two on cots)

This boathouse is the perfect place in Cottage Country. Stairs or a ramp lead into the boathouse. The boathouse is located right on top of the water with a large deck on the second level with clear glass railings providing unobstructed views of the lake. Because it has a southern exposure, sun is available all day long. The large deck is perfect for sun bathing, taking in the view (Loons and ducks frequent the area.), dining, or just watching the stars at night. (Meteor Showers in August are jaw dropping!) Lower Docks are on three sides of the boathouse, which make swimming, fishing, or sunning an ideal experience. The biggest bonus of the boathouse is that the lake is visible from the family and dining room on three sides. Whether from the deck or inside, the sights make eating breakfast, lunch and dinner a special treat!

The master bedroom (ensuite) has a king sized bed. The second bedroom has a queen sized bed.

There are two rolling cots that may be used for additional sleeping accommodations.

If you have a boat, you may dock your boat by the docks.

There are 4 boats included with the rental for you to explore the lake: a canoe, rowboat, kayak, and paddleboat.

Chairs are available for enjoying the view from the docks or deck. The swimming area around the boathouse ranges from 3 feet to 7 feet close to the boathouse and then deeper (~20 ft.) further out. The water temperature is warmer as it’s located in a smaller, shallow bay on Lake Muskoka.

The Glen Orchard General Store is only 10 minutes away for quick need items. Restaurants, shopping, and sight seeing in Bala, Bracebridge, and Port Carling are within a short distance. Tennis and golf are also nearby.

Lake Muskoka connects to Lake Rosseau and Lake Joseph in the heart of Port Carling. Port Carling is not far either by motorboat or by car.

VRBO cancellation policy is not accepted by or binding on the owner. If You cancel, any time up until the date which is eight weeks prior to the Check In Date, we will retain $1,000 to cover costs. If you terminate on a date which is less than eight weeks before your Check In Date, the entire amount you have paid to us will be kept by us unless we are able to find a subsequent occupant at the same rate.

Payment via VRBO Payment carries a $200 charge + a service fee (pricing according to VRBO).

Keywords: Beautiful, sunny, southern exposure, large deck, awesome view, near Port Carling, Near Bala, Near Bracebridge

More Details

Tom Clarkson
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 14, 2018

Why Tom Clarkson chose Bala

Our family settled in the area in the late 1800's and since then have been coming to Muskoka. Our parents honeymooned on Acton Island and built this boathouse in the next bay over from Acton Island in the mid 1960’s (with improvements over the years). Now, our children vacation here. It is a place that has and will always be near and dear to us with many generations of our family holding a part of Muskoka in our hearts. If you vacation here, you’ll understand why it is loved so much by us!

What makes this cottage unique

This boathouse is a one of a kind and must see. When you wake up, all you have to do is look out on the beautiful Muskoka Lake. The scenery is breath taking. You'll enjoy the sun all day long and enjoy any water activities that you can desire! 4 boats are included with the rental: canoe, rowboat, kayak, and paddleboat. We also have a fire pit by the lake!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cottage rental in Bala, Ontario

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1) (Master En-suite Bedroom), Queen size Beds (1) (Second Bedroom). We have 2 rolling cots that sleep one each.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Back-up generator for power outages. 32 inch surround sound TV with Blu Ray Player Canoe, rowboat, 2 kayaks, and paddleboat Fire pit by the lake.


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Beautiful Muskoka Lake Boathouse/Cottage Port Carling/Bala: Most of Fall Open!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Boat House in Port Carling

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the boat house in October, loved every moment of our trip. Bala was amazing, we went the the Cranberry marsh. The boat house exceeded our expectations, it was fully stocked with bedding and dishes and so much space for us. The View off the deck is breath taking. Over all what a great place to rent with friends or family. So many little spots for kids to swim and play safely as well.

  • Submitted: 4-Oct-2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Short stay

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely time staying at this cottage. The host was very responsive to every query and detail. The lake is beautiful in this area and so is the property. You will not regret staying here.

  • Submitted: 6-Jul-2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient and cozy boathouse with huge deck overlooking lake Muskoka.

Great for swimming and fishing. Breathtaking views.

Boating on the lake is endless fun.

Spent evenings sitting around fire - fire pit is several feet away from the water.

Great communications with the owners.

Highly, highly recommend this place for your vacation!

  • Submitted: 5-Jun-2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, ON

Fall Colour Trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time, the views were absolutely amazing and we wanted for nothing. Port Carling, Bracebridge & Gravenhurst were all close by. Lots to see and do. Thank you so much for making our annual fall color trip and our honeymoon spectacular! Violet & Kevin.

  • Submitted: 8-Oct-2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three, just had an amazing 1 week vacation at this boat house on Lake Muskoka. The description of the property as depicted in the pictures was bang on. The 2 bedrooms were large and very clean and additional beds in the lower level could be utilized for larger families. Most of our meals were cooked on the BBQ and eaten on the outdoor table on the boat house deck surrounded by water.... an experience we all really enjoyed, being that close to nature..... 2 Loons came calling each evening while my wife and I had a cocktail on the deck. The boat house slip easily moored our 20 ft boat. We spent most of our days in the water swimming or in our boat. Day trips in the boat or car travelling a number of times to Port Carling, Bala and Gravenhurst for breakfasts, lunches and shopping provided us with a variety of things to do that were not available to us in past rentals. All in all we were all very impressed with this wonderful boat house.

We would recommended this place to anyone that loves being by the water!!

  • Submitted: 4-Sep-2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brantford, Ontario

Muskoka Lake Boathouse Vacation

  • 5 of 5

My husband, myself, and our two children rented this boathouse, along with friends for 1 week, this past July 2012, and had a fabulous vacation. In fact, we enjoyed ourselves so much so, that we are looking at booking another trip up this fall so that we can enjoy seeing the leaves change, and get in some more fishing before winter comes! This was our first time renting a cottage through the VRBO website, and I must say, we had a wonderful experience. The owners of the boathouse, we extremely helpful in answering all of our questions, and following up right away with any concerns. When we arrived, the property was very clean, and well maintained. There was lots of things there to keep our children entertained which was a huge bonus for us! The boathouse was just lovely. There was nothing like waking up and drinking my morning coffee out on the deck, overlooking the bay. The fishing was fabulous also. We were thrilled with the many nearby activities, and attractions. We thoroughly enjoyed going on a cruise (that was pet friendly!), and watching a fantastic ski show, as well as visiting many wonderful little shops in nearby Bala and Port Carling. All in all, we will definitely recommend this boathouse to friends, and we will definitely be back ourselves. Fabulous trip!!!

  • Submitted: 11-Aug-2012
  • Stayed: July 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
15 Kilometres
Bala Kee
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
1 Metres
Water Skiing Available Right There!
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres

You will not be bored at our vacation home. With the cottage/boathouse combination, you have swimming, fishing, sunbathing, water skiing, and available all day long! Inside the cottage we even have a foosball table!

If you want to go to towns for shopping or eating, Bala and Port Carling are the closest. They are at most 15 minutes away by car!

In Port Carling, there is a golf course.

Bala has the Bala Museum, the Bala Kee, and other attractions!

Bracebridge is not far away with Santa's Village. It is about 30 minutes away by car!

Gravenhurst is also not far away, approximately 30 minutes away by car!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cottage rental in Bala, Ontario

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Fall Season
Sep 8 2018 - Nov 3 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Card Fee C$150
Cleaning C$150
Refundable Damage Deposit C$1,000
Pet Fee C$200

Prime Season rentals are higher than nonprime rentals. Rates can be negotiable. If paying through VRBO, you will pay the fees they charge us for using a credit card payment.
****Rental is not secure until occupancy agreement is signed and returned and initial deposit is paid.*****

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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