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Dons Bakery

££ - £££
3119 Hwy 169 | Unit 2, Portage Landing, Bala, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
+1 705-762-3937
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Overview
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“scones” (22 reviews)
“chelsea buns” (9 reviews)
“bread” (11 reviews)
Closed Now
07:30 - 17:00 Hours
CUISINES
Canadian
PRICE
££ - £££
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LOCATION
3119 Hwy 169 | Unit 2, Portage Landing, Bala, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
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1 - 10 of 88 reviews

Reviewed 15 March 2018

Always make the trip into Bala when travelling on the 400. The cookies and scones are a staple, but it's the chelsea buns you need to keep an eye out for. Gooey, messy and delicious!

Thank RailBandit
Reviewed 4 March 2018

I am not big on white flour baked goods. This place really makes people nostalgic because it offers old school type scones, cookies etc. Just ok to me, but that's not to say that you won't love it. Most people seem to!

Thank Catharine28
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Everything we have tried is delicious but expensive. I don't think I will be making regular weekend trips here, just a special treats.

Thank Delicia1973
Reviewed 19 October 2017

We drove up from Bradford to visit the festival and to stop in at the bakery.....no such luck unless you were willing to walk miles and miles than this wasn't the event for you or your family. I didn't see any buses for pickup. Town...More

Thank Darlene649
Don's B, Owner at Dons Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

You are right, Cranberry Festival is a different weekend than all others and maybe not the best to see the true beauty of Bala and Muskoka as the streets are flooded with people and vendors. It’s a great weekend, don’t get me wrong, but to...More

Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The cookies were good but service was awful didn't know you had to take a number to even get looked at!! Might return as the food was good but staff need to be more friendlyMore

Thank Katie A
Don's B, Owner at Dons Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

We are so sorry that you did not have a good experience. We actually pride ourselves on exceptional service, so we are surprised to see that you did not experience this. Yes, we do use the take a number system because otherwise, it would be...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017

For years, Don's was the "go to" place for scones and butter tarts in Bala. It changed hands a few years ago and the food quality has slipped. The tart crust and scones are not as good as they used to be. Now we only...More

Thank David S
Don's B, Owner at Dons Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

I am sorry that you did not have a great experience. As we are a family-owned business, hard-working and pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and high quality products, we hope that you would, in the future, please come and discuss your concerns with us...More

Reviewed 7 September 2017

Every time we're in Muskoka we make it a ritual to visit Dons. The bakery has been around for years and the local "summer" resident's flock to this bakery religiously regardless of the weather. If you arrive early you are greeted with a short queue...More

Thank BreezeRidge3
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We have gone to Don's a couple of times in the past. The baked goods have never lived up to the hype (including on this website), but were passable. The line-ups are a pain, but in the context of summer at the cottage, perhaps a...More

Thank Nancy B
Don's B, Owner at Dons Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

We are sorry you did not have a good experience. We take all comments very seriously and wish you would have come back in talked to us, as we never want to have disappointed customers. We would have gladly refunded your pie and even given...More

Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

We went to Don's based on recommendations from the Internet. Apparently the butter tarts are all the rage. We ordered one of each and are glad we stopped at that. The dough was tasteless and not flaky and the contents was not very flavourful and...More

Thank Pamm1971
Don's B, Owner at Dons Bakery, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

We are so sorry that you did not enjoy our butter tarts. We use the original recipe from 1947 and have not changed a thing. Butter tart across the country can vary in texture, pastry to filling ratio, etc. It's just a matter of your...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Made our yearly visit for scones and butter tarts. They never change and never disappoint! The service this year seemed more friendly than ever - super nice staff.

Thank 907sandy
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Glen D
27 March 2017|
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Response from Don's B | Property representative |
We moved locations just down the street in 1996. We are still in the centre of the town of Bala. Just recently, we opened up a second location in Barrie as well. Hope you stop by, original recipes are all the same, but... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cuisine
Canadian
Meals
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 15:00
Friday
07:30 - 17:00
Saturday
07:30 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3119 Hwy 169 | Unit 2, Portage Landing, Bala, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario P0C 1A0, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Muskoka District  >  Muskoka Lakes  >  Bala
  • Phone Number: +1 705-762-3937
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