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Lake of Bays

The Township of Lake of Bays is an outdoor enthusiasts’ oasis in the northeastern section of Muskoka, adjacent to world renowned Algonquin Park. The Township is home to Lake of Bays, one of the largest lakes in Muskoka, which provides four-season fun from boating and paddle boarding to snowmobiling and ice fishing. The Township boasts picturesque landscapes, over 100 pristine lakes, unique cottage resorts, distinct cultural attractions, and outdoor activities for every season.

The three vibrant and inviting communities of Baysville, Dorset, and Dwight offer a variety of restaurants, galleries, and specialty shops, and each have their own self-guided Heritage Tour to enable visitors to learn about the history of the area. Historically known as a summer playground, Lake of Bays is also a sparkling, white wonderland for winter sports enthusiasts and each village hosts a unique winter festival on weekends throughout February – not to be missed!

Some of the must-see attractions in the area include:

Gateway to Algonquin Park: Lake of Bays is the western gateway to Ontario’s most famous Provincial Park. Come for a day hike, an overnight camping trip or an extended canoe and portage excursion. Arrowhead and Ragged Falls Provincial Parks, Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve, and Oxtongue Rapids are also nearby.

Dwight Beach: This sandy public beach nestled in Dwight Bay is the perfect spot to go for a swim and have a picnic in the summer sunspend an afternoon. Launch your boat to enjoy sun-soakedsome water sports or stay on land and have a picnic in the summer sun. and explore the self-guided Dwight Heritage Tour.

SS Bigwin and Marine Museum: Cruise on Lake of Bays aboard this majestic, restored wooden steamship built in 1910. The SS Bigwin has carried historical guests such as Clark Gable, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, and Greta Garbo. Cruises depart from Dorset docks adjacent to the Marine Museum from June to October.

Dorset Tower & Heritage Museum: Climb this former fire tower built in 1922 to experience a spectacular panoramic view from 142 metres (456 feet) above Lake of Bays. Don’t miss the nearby Dorset Heritage Museum with exhibits of early pioneer life and the logging industry. or explore the self-guided Dorset Heritage Tour.

Lake of Bays Scenic Drive: Drive the 80km loop around the lake by car or experience the route by bike, boat, or snowmobile! This is an incredible way to view the fall colours. Click here to see the route map

Local Flavours: Tour a craft brewery, sample treats at decadent bakeries, dine at fabulous restaurants, or visit one of the seasonal Farmers’ Markets. Try delicious homemade jams and butter tarts, local maple syrup, or authentic wood-fired pizza.

Artists’ Playground: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven painted these stunning landscapes that continue to inspire contemporary artists in the region. August and Autumn Studio Tours offer the chance to meet local artists.

Whether you’re looking for unique shopping, family-friendly events and activities, world-class golfing, cultural experiences, or outdoor adventure, Lake of Bays is an exciting destination for a day trip, weekend or week-long retreat!

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Lake of Bays Cycling Route #1
Dwight Garden Centre
Baysville Historic Walking Trail
Limberlost Forest & Wildlife Reserve
Algonquin Adventure Tours
Bigwin Island Golf Club
Ragged Falls Oxtongue River Hiking Trail
Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory & Pizzeria
John Murden Art Gallery & Studio
Back Country Tours
Dorset Heritage Trail
Unforgettable Shorelines
Baysville Marina
Baysville Farmers' Market
Dorset Heritage Museum
Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery
Lake of Bays ATV Trails
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Lake of Bays Marine Museum
Lake of Bays Cycling Route #2
Echo Valley Nature & Bike Trails
Hillside Hamlet Trail
Yummies in a Jar
SS Bigwin
Dorset Lookout Tower Trail
Robinson's General Store
Dwight Heritage Walking & Driving Tour
Algonquin Adventure Tours
Dwight Beach Trail
Oxtongue Rapids
Baysville Marina
Dwight Farmers' Market
Erika's Bakery
Lumina Resort
Colonial Bay Cottage Resort
Bondi Village Cottage Resort
Norsemen Walker Lake Resort
Tally Ho Inn
Blue Water Acres
Algonquin Trails Camping
The Moose Bed and Breakfast
Port Cunnington Lodge
Back Country Tours Inc.
Logging Chain Lodge
Nordic Inn
Spring Lake Resort
Stone Ridge Chalet
Baysville Santa Claus Parade
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10
Dorset Snowball Winter Carnival
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Feb
16
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Feb
17
Baysville Winterfest
Feb
19
Baysville Walkabout Festival
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28
The Norsemen Restaurant
Erika's
Bigwin Island Marine Dining Room
Trillium Resort and Spa
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