History

Fred and Lillian Sutton ran Muskoka’s first brick summer hotel between 1910 and the early 1940s

Fred and Lillian Sutton ran Muskoka’s first brick summer hotel between 1910 and the early 1940s

The building that is now Bala Bay Hostel was built by E.B. Sutton, whose inn opened July 17, 1910.  Sutton, born in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, on November 8, 1854, died in Bala at the age of 63.  In his short lifetime, he managed to live several lives – as a businessman, writer, musician, composer, environmentalist, and non-stop promoter of Bala and Muskoka. Sutton got his middle name from a famous relative, poet Robert Browning, who died in 1889, seven years after the younger relative left for Canada.  The Bala Bay Hostel is a landmark and part of Bala’s rich history.