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Johnston's Cranberry Marsh

Address: 1074 Cranberry Road | Bala, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
Phone Number: 705-762-3203
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Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Local cuisine and exceptional wine with a cranberry twist! Featuring a daily 'Bog to Bottle...
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Type: Farms, Sights & Landmarks
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Local cuisine and exceptional wine with a cranberry twist! Featuring a daily 'Bog to Bottle Discovery' (guided tour and tutored wine tasting) at 1 pm - designated a Canadian Signature Experience by Canada Tourism. Other 'must dos' include sampling wine and cheese on the patio, shopping for local goodies, hiking or snowshoeing the wilderness trails, GPS and kids' adventures. Open daily, year round (Mon-Fri 9-5, Sun 11-4). Located four minutes north of Bala, in scenic Muskoka.

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Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It appears I knew nothing about cranberries. All the staff, from the young lady giving the tour to the more mature man in hip waders out in the bog were more than willing to answer questions and explain things. The wine tasting was informative & we came away with a couple of bottles. Would I put it on par with,... More 

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Tillsonburg, Canada
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25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

As part of our bus trip, we stopped here. It was raining, but we enjoyed the wagon ride around the marsh. It was very informative. The had a great gift shop. Try the cranberry wine.

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Barrie, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

My husband and I drove to the cranberry farm for the first time and came away terribly disappointed. We paid $5.00 for the "bumpy" wagon ride and it was a waste of time and money. Just took us to see fields from a distance and sat there listening to information about cranberry farming. Not much of a tour of the... More 

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Wendy H, Owner at Johnston's Cranberry Marsh, responded to this review

Dear Joyyy, Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit. We're so sorry you were disappointed by your tour! My family and I open our farm to visitors because we’re passionate about cranberry farming and want people to be as excited by it as we are. What we do is different 365 days a year, but we... More 

Lindsay, Ontario
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22 reviews 22 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Went on the weekend...did the tour and wine tasting...very nice...great spot...great hostess...great wine...$10.00 and you get almost a nice size glass of wine.....We enjoyed it, we always wanted to go...so I highly recommend it

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I look forward to a trip up to the cranberry marsh in October, the nearby city of Bala holds it's cranberry festival the weekend after Thanksgiving. They have wine tasting, a tour around the bog, some vendors set up, and a gift shop. I love their cranberry candles, they burn just like they smell.

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Burlington, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I really enjoyed the bog to bottle tour and wine tasting at this beautiful family owned and run Cranberry marsh. We were surprised to find out that they also grow blueberries as we'll! We really enjoyed sampling all of the different wines, dessert wines and spritzers as we'll! Would highly recommend!

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

This is a place that has clearly stayed true to their roots, family-owned since its founding and still growing. The 1pm 'Bog to Bottle' tour and tasting was $10 for an interesting look at both the cranberry growing and wine-making areas. though it was a little short ultimately. The wine itself though was just fantastic, and we barely made it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

We weren't entirely sure that a cranberry bog tour was going to be too exciting, but it was great! A really nice place and tour. The tasting is fun (though sweeter than a lot of wines... I think the wild blueberry wine is like a blueberry Chardonnay) and there are a lot of fun things (cranberry related of course) in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

They're open every day, year round. Well worth going for the daily tour at 1pm - recently named a "Signature Canadian Experience" by the Canadian tourism commission. The wine was excellent! A local cheese and cracker plate is also available.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We went here when they were doing cranberry harvesting - early October. It was a week or so before Canadian Thanksgiving. It was fun to see how the cranberries were harvested. In addition, nice store, and harvesting area to visit. We did their cranberry wine tasting as well under their outdoor tent (it was raining just a little while we... More 

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