Bala-Hy Motel and Cottages


Picturesque Bala

Bala-Hy Motel and Cottages is a family-owned, family-run business located in the picturesque town of Bala, Ontario. Situated on beautiful Long Lake, we are walking distance from downtown Bala with its many bakeries, boutiques, and antique stores. Our guests can stroll to the renowned Bala Falls and world famous The Kee to Bala concert venue and bar, enjoy a round of golf at one of our local courses, and savour a delicious meal at a celebrated Bala restaurant. We are situated 35 minutes or less from the towns of Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Port Carling, and Rosseau.


Friendly Service

At Bala-Hy, we operate seven motel units and three lakeside cottages. Our guests enjoy the serenity of a private sandy beach with rare sunrise-to-sunset views as well as a private island and forested surroundings. With 875 feet of prime waterfront, we have plenty of room for everyone, including access to a public boat launch for motorized fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and the like. 

Our pride comes from providing calm surroundings, friendly homestyle service, and clean accommodations for our guests, whether they are repeat customers or one-time visitors. 

Our special guest services include:

  • advanced reservations for dining, cruises, theatre, etc.
  • pre-arranged canoe and boat rentals



Bala-Hy has seven motel units of varying sizes and three private cottages. Our guests can expect friendly service, clean, well-equipped rooms, and access to our private sandy beach and island. Our cottage guests enjoy access to Bala-Hy’s private sandy beach, with its 875 feet of prime waterfront, access to a public boat launch, bonfire pits, and footbridge to a private island.

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All the way back to 1952

Bala-Hy Motel and Cottages date all the way back to 1952, when our founder, Herb Farlie, started the business with three cottages on 10-plus acres of beautiful lakeside land in the picturesque town of Bala, Ontario, deep in the heart of Muskoka. To this day, the Farlie family proudly owns and operates Bala-Hy, led by Herb’s son Rob and his wife Kristan.

Region’s longest-running accommodations

Over those almost seven decades, our customers have come to expect and appreciate the homestyle service they receive as guests at the cottages and motel. We take pride in the number of families who return season after season to spend part of their precious summers with us. Our history as one of the region’s longest-running accommodations is a legacy we cherish.

Explore the wonders of Muskoka

Though the Muskoka region has changed dramatically over the years, we know from experience that people today are drawn by the same attributes that have drawn visitors here since our business began and before. These include the region’s rugged beauty, its atmosphere of fun, and its tendency to reinvigorate the human spirit. At the Bala-Hy Motel and Cottages, we provide a cozy home-base for our guests so they can get on with the business of relaxing and/or exploring the wonders of Muskoka in Bala and beyond.