Anyone can come to Bala and park for free, and sit in the park and have a picnic lunch for free – there are even three sets of public washrooms available for free.
You can climb on the rocks and wade in the water for free, as these people below are at the base of the Bala north falls. This is what creates world-class, unique, and classic Canadian memories.
You can go fishing for free. And if you don’t have a fishing license, you can get that at the nearby bait shop, where you can also rent a canoe or kayak. And there are restaurants, stores, and shops – tourism is an important part of Bala’s economy.
But all this would be ruined by the proposed hydro-electric generating station at the Bala falls. The bait shop’s docks would be too dangerous to use. The fast water from Lake Muskoka would be brought hundreds of feet closer to the above popular in-water recreational area, making it too dangerous to use. The accessible and public shoreline seen here would either be used, or be made too dangerous to use, by the proposed generating station. 94% of the water from both falls would be diverted into the proposed generating station, drying-up both falls – tourists won’t come to see the dry rocks where the falls used to be.
The proponent said they would not impact the existing in-water recreation, but they lied.
The proponent said their generating station would not be higher than the level of the road, but they lied, as it would actually tower three storeys above the road and six storeys above the Moon River.
Instead of Bala being for everyone, the proposed project would make Bala for no one.