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!
Looking to rent a boat and get on the water? Rent from the fleet at Baysville Marina and get onto beautiful Lake of Bays, one of the top lakes in Muskoka. A trusted name in Muskoka for boat rentals, give them a call today to reserve.
Baysville Marina is a full service professional marina, with over 25 years of experience for all of your boating needs.
They offer customized services, service and repairs, detailing, tune-ups, storage, dockage, sales, fuel as well as boat, sea doo and water toy rentals. Be sure to stop in and see Heidi’s Boathouse Store while at the Marina, your summer fun store!
Also offering snowmobile rentals during the winter months.
Erika’s in Dwight is a must! Featuring Muskoka’s most delicious baked goods, homestyle lunches, warm coffee, fun shopping, and great company!
Be sure to try their Muskoka famous butter tarts!
Welcome! For over 34 years the Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery has provided a unique shopping experience right in the heart of Muskoka. We offer an exquisite selection of original art and fine craft by artists and artisans from across Canada.
The Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery had a humble start in 1979 when artists Geraldine Slater and John McConnell nailed their artwork on the fence in front of their summer log cabin. Today, the gallery represents more than 85 of Canada’s most gifted craftspeople and artists and offer one of the most eclectic selections of fine Canadian craft north of Toronto.
The Oxtongue Craft Cabin & Gallery is a “must stop” for both locals, visitors and seasonal cottagers as it continues to delight new guests from around the block and around the world.
The Ragged Falls Oxtongue River trail is only 1 km long but it offers a great view of the Ragged Falls. It is just off Hwy 60 near the Algonquin Park border. Its proximity to Algonquin Provincial Park makes this protected waterway almost an Algonquin appendage, but it’s a park in its own right, and for good reason. Oxtongue River – Ragged Falls contains many features of local significance. The small plunge basin at Gravel Falls demonstrates the powerful, erosive force of glacial melt-water. There are nine distinct forest communities in the park. A marked gravel road provides access to Ragged Falls. Also accessible are the parking lot, washrooms and marked hiking trails that lead to a lookout over the falls. Ragged Falls has been named one of the 10 best waterfalls in Ontario.
Caution, this trail follows the shore of a fast moving river with rocky slopes to the river’s edge. Parents must keep small children close at all times.
Trail access if on Oxtongue Rapids Park Road. Follow this paved road 1 km. At this point the road becomes a narrow gravel road.
Proceed 2 km to the monument in Oxtongue Rapids Park, which is the start of the trail. From the monument travel west along the trail to the left of the road you arrived on. At times the trail will follow the road itself as it comes quite close to the river. Trail length is about 1 km or 1250 steps one way. Return the same way or follow the road back to the monument. This is one of the most beautiful spots in Muskoka so relax and enjoy. Picnic facilities are available.
The Lake of Bays ATV Association now operates over 90km of trails south of Dorset and Baysville, that connect with the Haliburton trail system.
Lake of Bays Township allow ATVs, UTVs, ORVs and SxS on all district and township roads. From May 1 until December 31, from sunrise to sunset, all roads in Lake of Bays Township may be used by All Terrain vehicles, subject to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.
Baysville is your headquarters for all things off road, with staging areas, fuel, food, trail maps and rentals all available from this welcoming community.
Limberlost “Lost in the Woods” Trail. This is one of our favorites. It is scenic, lots of rolling hills and lake views. Might even see some wildlife. Smooth turns make this an enjoyable ride. The turn down Fielddale is optional, but the road is newly paved (save one short section that has a couple of rough patches, but the scenary makes up for it). Park in the parking lot beside the fire hall.
This tour takes about an hour and a half to walk through the main central region, with side trips by bike or car to the more outlying points of interest. Please park in the Municipal lot, take some time to explore the shops in the village itself, and do be respectful of private property. Pick up a print map from the Lake of Bays Township offices in Dwight.
The Dorset Tower is both a great attraction and a historical landmark. It was built in 1967 on the site of the original fire tower where rangers once kept an eye out for potentially disastrous forest fires. The trail begins behind the Dorset Heritage Museum and winds its way through a beautiful mixed forest from the base of the lookout hill to the top, and back down again. The incline is fairly steep in places so sturdy shoes and a reasonable level of fitness are recommended. The total trail is 2.3km long. Taking time at the top of the lookout is a must while hiking this trail.
Starting and ending in Dwight, this one is a big one! Lake of Bays Loop is a 73km route takes you around one of Muskoka’s famous lakes, passing through Dorset, Baysville and Dwight. While in Dorset, you can turn right off of Hwy 35 onto Dorset Scenic Tower Rd to see one of Muskoka’s best lookouts.
Limberlost is famous for its varied hiking trails. In total, Limberlost offers more than 70 km of woodland trails and extensive woodland roads, with trails that cater to evening strollers as well as those seeking more strenuous exercise. More than two-thirds of the trails on the Limberlost Reserve are groomed and qualify as high quality trails, as opposed to rugged hiking paths. As such, they are suitable for joggers as well as individuals who prefer to enjoy nature at their leisure. These trails are also great for mountain biking enthusiasts.
In the winter, head on out to the trails with your snowshoes, or bring your cross country skis to experience their 25 km of groomed trails.
The best part of the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve trails, is they offer them for your use, free of charge!
Voted “Canada’s Best Country Store”, this famous general store is a “must-see” for anyone visiting the Muskoka area. The store has been owned and operated by the same family since 1921, and sprawls over 14,000 sq.ft. of retail space. Driving to or from Algonquin Park? Why not take the alternate route through Dorset (Muskoka Road 117 and Highway 35) and stop to visit Robinson’s General Store along the way?
Shoppers can find gifts, souvenirs, housewares, clothing, footwear (where moccasins are a specialty), Foodland supermarket, Home Hardware, and upstairs Ladies’ Boutique. Public washrooms are available (second floor walk up only), ATM, and propane cylinder exchange. Ample free parking or come by boat on beautiful Lake of Bays. Dorset is also home to the famous Scenic Lookout Tower and the snowmobile trail comes right into downtown. Dorset is about a half hour drive from Huntsville or Bracebridge.
This fascinating walking tour of the village of Dorset will take you back in time with 21 historical points of interest. Print maps are available to pick up from Robinson’s General Store, voted ‘Canada’s Best Country Store’. This gentle stroll of this charming community has beautiful views of the river, and many unique museums and sites to admire along the way.
Whether you are looking for wildlife, planning a short hike, a fast paced mountain bike trail ride, or a scenic snowshoe excursion, it is our hope you will find everything you are looking for in the Echo Valley Nature & Bike trails.
There are a total of over 3.5 km of trails consisting of the main trunk line and 14 smaller trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Hiking the main trunk line should take approximately 30-45 minutes. The park is approximately 24 hectares (60 acres) in size and there is a viewing platform overlooking the protected land. A viewing guide and three different on-site kiosks are available to enhance the learning experience.
Features & Amenities: Parking, observation deck, and scenic views.
Please make a donation of $2 to support the trails and help cover the costs of trail development. There is an honour box on site.
Dorset Heritage Museum officially opened on July 1st, 2001 and features museum exhibits of early pioneer life, local settlers, traditional logging practices, and historic information pertaining to pioneer settlement of the Dorset area.
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The Humble Pie Butter Tart Factory, a friendly quaint bakery, offers home-style hearty fruit pies, pastries, quiche, breads & award winning culinary delights – the infamous Humble Pie Butter Tarts! Try our savoury lean beef or chunky chicken pies or our new fresh & delicious traditional Italian style pizzas.
Gluten free & dairy free pizzas are available. Cool down with one of our fruity and refreshing frozen yogurt treats. It’s always best to order in advance to ensure you get your must haves when in Muskoka.
Seniors & volume discounts available. Hours vary season to season.
Sail across the smooth waters of beautiful Lake of Bays aboard the historical SS Bigwin! We offer regularly scheduled one-hour public cruises starting in June through to October. Cruises are available daily during July and August, and several days a week from September through to Thanksgiving. Departing from its dock in Dorset Ontario and cruising down majestic Trading Bay with its tall pines and towering cliffs, you’ll love seeing beautiful Lake of Bays as the world’s elite did in the early 1900’s. Be sure to bring a camera to capture the splendour. Arrive early so you can tour our Marine Museum and get checked in!
Interested in reserving the entire ship for a special occasion or at a special time of day? The SS Bigwin is the perfect venue for your celebration! Private cruises can be booked for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, reunions, and corporate functions. Contact us today for more information.
Enjoy your walk around the quaint village of Baysville. This route passes many of the historic homes churches and businesses. It explores both east and west sides of the river including a nature walk in the Van Setter’s Park to a lookout over the rock cut on District Road 117. There are many views of the Muskoka River from the numerous parks, and you get to learn about the fascinating history and pioneer days of this beautiful village.
At the Marine Museum next to the SS Bigwin dock in Dorset you will also find artifacts and photographs on display and many historical recollections concerning the marine history of Lake of Bays and the SS Bigwin. Stop by to learn more about the history of Lake of Bays, check out some local art on display in our upstairs art gallery, or purchase various novelty SS Bigwin items – everything from apparel to that perfect cottage gift! A Muskoka Century, a book by Marijane Terry and Jeff Gabura, is an excellent source of SS Bigwin history and is available for sale online and at the Marine Museum.
Yummies in a Jar have been tantalizing the taste buds since 1992 with unique and delicious jams, dessert toppings, pepper jellies, oil free vinaigrette dressings, marinades and flavoured Maple Syrup. Batched and bottled by hand in our Muskoka kitchen.
The Dwight Garden Centre Gift Store is open year-round, offering a wide variety of merchandise – with something to appeal to everyone. You’ll hear our collection of wind chimes as you pull into the parking lot.
Our rustic atmosphere in the garden area melds nicely with our wide variety of giftware making our store a wonderful place to browse.
Our gift store offers lots of unique gift ideas, fun cottage décor and a number of practical items, while our garden centre offers a full range of Garden Accessories, grass seed, soils, plants, firepits, deer repellent, worms and more!
Lake of Bays Circle Tour
Start & End @ Baysville
Approx. 80 km / 50 miles
About 1 ½ – 3 hours depending on number of stops
Lake of Bays Brewing Company and retail store is located right on Hwy. 117 in Baysville around 400 m from the town docks on the South Muskoka River. Visit the brewery’s retail store where you can find brews on sale in bottles and in kegs.
Lake of Bays Brewing Company prides itself on brewing premium craft beer using all-natural ingredients. Try all four of their year-round beers, their NHLPA partnership beer, their latest seasonal or beer from their Wild North Series.
The brewery also offer tours, has a sampling bar, beer garden and gift shop. Lake of Bays beers are available at participating LCBOs, Beer Stores, and the finest bars and restaurants across Ontario.
If you visit our winter wonderland, let us get you set up with snowmobile rentals, and equipment.
Call to reserve!
From the parking lot turn right on Dwight Beach Rd. Follow this quiet road 1500 steps to Dwight Beach an excellent spot for lunch with a view up Dwight Bay. Proceed along Dwight Beach Rd. 1000 steps to Stewart Memorial Church.From here you can return the way you traveled for a total of 5000 steps.
The Bigwin Island Golf Club is a par 72 championship layout measuring 7,166 yards, recently ranked 28th in Canada by SCOREGolf. The sweeping fairways drape naturally over the rugged Muskoka terrain, exposing glorious lake vistas at every turn and creating a sense of timeless beauty and tranquility.
Designed by world renowned Golf Course Architect Doug Carrick, and his design provides challenge and enjoyment to golfers of all skill levels. Every hole is surrounded by mature hardwoods, creating a sense of maturity and character typically found on the great classic courses built during the early 1900’s. The holes are routed in a variety of directions over the undulating island terrain, creating constantly changing shot values, wind directions and challenges.
This 3.6km trail is nestled in the community of Hillside and follows a paved road into a hamlet filled with Bed and Breakfasts, birds, woodlands, and plenty of nature. Enjoy the quiet atmosphere of this community as they welcome your visit. With plenty to see and a great grand finale, your day at Hillside Hamlet can be complimented by the many amenities around you.
To access: Turn right at Tally Ho entrance and follow to the right of the driveway. Park at Grassmere Beach, and head back out the same driveway.
A family style housekeeping cottage resort on Lake of Bays. 15 minutes from Algonquin Park. Cottages are large and well spaced with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces and modern baths. Gas BBQ’s and canoes included in the summer season. Large private sand beach, badminton, volleyball, shuffleboard, games room and boat rentals. In winter our 20 km of hiking trails become marked and groomed ski trails. Open year round.
Our six bedroom LODGE is ideal for groups or reunions of up to 18 people with a minimum of 10 people.
The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, rec room, covered deck, adjacent gazebo.
The Lodge is available for June 29 – July 6, August 3 – 10 and August 17 – 31, 2018
The largest cottage resort on Lake of Bays with 36 Cottages, 14 Main Lodge Rooms. Lumina caters to all ages with a dynamic choice of activities. Lumina vacations include full maid service, as well as breakfast and dinner daily. Located on a gorgeous 240 acre private estate, we are surrounded by pristine woodlands and almost a mile of shoreline. Please call for information. We look forward to your visit.
Muskoka Family Cottage & Lodge Resort on Famous Lake-of-Bays, Muskoka, Ontario Lumina Family Resort has been providing wonderful carefree Muskoka vacations since 1921. Our chef takes great pride in providing wonderful, mouth watering creations, always fresh and well balanced. Kids selections are a big hit as well. All meals are served in our beautiful panoramic dining room. Lunches are available at our Outdoor Patio or our Snack Bar. We are an ideal location for your special Muskoka Wedding or family reunion.
The Hungerfords have been Owner Managers since 1921, and warmly welcome you to join them this summer!
Spring Lake Resort offers clean, comfortable, and spacious rooms or suites with beautiful lake views as well as delicious homemade food in a newly designed, enticing restaurant or on the walkout lake view patio. During the summer come to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Muskoka complimented by our sandy beach, walking trails, and beautiful back yard gardens. Open year-round.
Spring Lake Resort is conveniently located right on Hwy 60 in Dwight, Ontario just 15 minutes from the west gate to Algonquin Park. Please feel free to use the complimentary canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats on our peaceful Spring Lake to enrich your stay. In the Winter, take pleasure in activities such as cross-country skiing, sledding, and skating. No matter what season you chose to visit us, you will enjoy your time at Spring Lake Resort. Our friendly and helpful staff is here to make your stay one of the best that Muskoka can offer. Spring Lake resort, where great service meets affordable price!!!
Welcome to Stone Ridge Chalet B&B, a Year Round destination! Relax in your own Private 4 Room Suite decorated with a rustic flair. Drive up to the door (no stairs) and enjoy all the luxuries of home. All linens included, 3 choices for breakfast; bring your own, continental or full.
The rugged landscape of granite rock, towering pines and hills offers the perfect getaway.
Retreat to this secluded wilderness, experience the relaxed surroundings of acres of forest, known as the Frost Centre. Nature watching, hiking, canoeing, skiing, boating, or snowmobiling are among the numerous activities next door, and the Snowmobile Trail is 1/4 mile from the driveway.
ATV Trails nearby! Located on Scenic Route 35 for the Motorcycle Touring, and Fall Colors.
Explore the region for museums, tours, and the arts, if these are your preferences. The glimpse of various animals, birds and the scenery will increase your appreciation for “Nature at its Best.”
Enjoy amazing views of the meandering creek and walking distance to
Lake St. Nora.
Ontario’s most complete lakeside cottage resort ideal for families and couples. Cottages are spaced for privacy in a beautiful natural setting. Fully equipped kitchens. Two styles of cottages available: traditional and new luxury fractional cottages. On Lake of Bays, close to Algonquin Park. Sandy beach, indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, 3 tennis courts and free use of non-motorized boats. In winter, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobiling. Dog sledding, sleigh rides, down hill skiing nearby.
The Moose Bed and Breakast is nestled in the quaint northern town of Dorset, Ontario. This boutique inn is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you’ve come to visit with friends, dangle your feet off the dock, or try running the channel on your snowmobile, The Moose B & B is sure to impress!
Located in the heart of Dorset, this spacious property is surrounded by magnificent gardens and overlooks the river joining Lake of Bays and Little Trading Bay. Close to the world renowned Algonquin Park and the charming town of Huntsville, perfect destinations for additional daily excursions. The original house dates back to 1911, and architectural features from the era, like the beadboard ceilings and wide-plank floors, help create the ambience of a classic Victorian bed & breakfast, while an addition from 1993 and more recent renovations provide guests with modern conveniences in a spacious, airy interior. The house features many antiques and original work from many local artists.
Offering a wide range of menu options, we serve breakfast in our dining room at 8:30 and 9:00 a.m; however, weather permitting, you may opt to be served on the terrace, where you can enjoy your made-to-order meal surrounded by the beauty of Muskoka. Breakfast in bed is available by request, and if you’d like to get an early start to your day, just let us know in advance and we’ll be happy to have a continental breakfast ready for you.
115 acres of Muskoka beauty 10 minutes west of Algonquin Provincial Park on Highway 60. We offer large private treed RV sites with sewers electricity and water for seasonal or overnight camping.
Other amenities include; free wireless internet, indoor heated pool, mini golf, sanitation station, vacuum service, coin laundry, playgrounds and activities, hiking trails and walking distance to the beautiful white sandy shores of Dwight Beach in the Lake of Bays.
For over 90 years, the Norsemen Restaurant and Walker Lake Resort has provided incredible family vacations and relaxing cottage getaways on gorgeous Walker Lake in Muskoka. We’re just minutes from historic downtown Huntsville and Algonquin Park but it feels like a million miles from it all. Seven newly updated lakeside cottages offer privacy and great views of the lake. Perfect for relaxing on your deck, playing badminton on the grass, swimming, or fishing. Canoe or kayak together and enjoy the haunting call of the loon and the tranquil quiet.
All-season family resort nestled in the woods on Walker Lake. Seven private one, two and three bedroom lakeside cottages with decks, BBQ’s, and free WIFI. Some with wood stoves for the winter. Your kids will love the, swimming, fishing, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards and water trampoline. Walker Lake Resort is just minutes from snowmobiling, downhill and cross country skiing in the winter, and some of the best golf courses in Canada in the summer.
The Norsemen Restaurant is the best that cottage country has to offer. Treat yourself to outstanding French inspired cuisine in a newly restored historic lodge!
Tally Ho Inn is a welcoming Muskoka cottage resort that is family and pet friendly. Located on the shores of Peninsula lake just outside of Huntsville and minutes from Algonquin Park, Tally Ho Inn offers you the perfect Muskoka getaway. With 1300 feet of shoreline and cottages ranging from one room suites, to 3 bedroom cottages with or without full kitchens, we have a little something for everyone. Have a pet? Don’t worry, we are a pet friendly resort and welcome your furry family members. All our units have a microwave, coffee maker, fridge, and satellite TV. The main lodge offers the opportunity to play pool, air hockey, play piano on a baby grand, or relax in front of the fire place. During the summer our guests have access to play tennis, basketball, volleyball or shuffleboard. They also have access to fun waterfront activities such canoeing, kayaking, row boating or paddle boarding free of charge.
Whether you’re looking to sit back, relax and reconnect with your family or looking for some adventure, there is something for everyone. Tally Ho is ideally located close to trails for hiking, horseback riding, tree top trekking, ATVing, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, as well as golf courses for every skill level. The resort also welcomes groups, weddings and reunions. Every season offers its own appeal to the whole family.
Colonial Bay Cottage Resort is located on Peninsula Lake between the Town of Huntsville and the Village of Dwight. 30 KM West of Algonquin Park and 2.5 hours from Toronto. Our cottages are fully equipped with modern appliances, new beds and full bathrooms. Our Deluxe cottages are air conditioned, have gas fireplaces and flat screen satellite television. Open year-round.
Enjoy our quiet family cottage experience where playing in the sand pile and at the lake with family and friends is more important than having your day all planned out. You’ll find staying at Colonial Bay very relaxing and unpretentious. We always include all bedding and pillows – it just makes less for you to pack. Cottage decor ranges between traditional and deluxe and most accommodations have decks and gas BBQ’s. Our kitchens may not be large but we supply everything you will need including the sink!
Located on beautiful Lake of Bays, this charming cottage resort is steeped in tradition. Exceptional accommodations range in size from one to five bedrooms featuring custom chalets, traditional cottages and suites. Fine country cuisine served by courteous, knowledgeable staff is always a pleasure in our fabulous lake-view dining room. Excellent facilities for weddings, family gatherings or small corporate meetings. Meal plans, housekeeping, off-season rates. Safe, sandy beach. Open May-October.
We are a family oriented housekeeping establishment with moderately priced one, two and three bedroom cottages.
Glen Manor has a private, safe, sandy beach for swimming in the clear water of Lake of Bays. Canoes are available for your use at no charge and we are located within easy access to two rivers for a leisurely canoe paddle. Limited space is available for power boat docking. There is a common pit for you to enjoy evening bonfires.
All our cottages are clean, have full kitchens, bathtubs and/or showers and electric heat. All are close to the lake, have screened porches and a beautiful unobstructed view of the lake.
Pillows, blankets and bedspreads are provided in all cottages, as are pots & pans, dishes, cutlery, toasters and coffee percolators. Guests with reservations provide their own towels and linens.
Logging Chain Lodge is a family resort located across from Dwight Beach on Lake of Bays, Muskoka. Two and three bedroom electrically heated housekeeping cottages with fully equipped kitchens, 4 piece bathrooms and BBQs. Swimming, canoeing fishing, children’s playground and summer kid’s program. Minutes from Algonquin Park, golf, shopping and artist studios. Let our third generation of owners welcome you to Muskoka.
The ruggedly beautiful landscape of the Canadian Shield has inspired artists for over a century, and this is the place we call home. You are invited to explore “our neck of the woods”, and discover how the creative tradition continues.
Meet the makers and experience the studios and workshops where they create. You’ll discover nature-inspired pottery, jewellery, glass art, sculpture and paintings in many styles and media, and functional art crafted from local wood. This year you’ll meet 19 artists at 7 locations, all within a short drive of each other. Our 2018 artists will be confirmed in January.
Limberlost Road is close to Algonquin Park in the Huntsville/Lake of Bays area of Muskoka Ontario, and winds through forest, rock and wetlands rich in wildlife and natural beauty. Join us for a creative adventure on this 12th year of our Open Studio Weekend!
We welcome guests to visit our studios at other times in addition to our Tour weekend. Check individual Studio pages on this website for contact information to plan your visit.
Come witness Lake of Bays’ finest antique and classic boats and browse one of the biggest car shows around, with over 100 last year.
Back by popular demand, The Northern Lights Steel Orchestra Band.
Bag Piper Sharon Mace will play her bag pipes as the procession of boats leave to docks at 4 pm sharp.
Time: Noon – 4 pm.
Admission by donation with all gate proceeds going to the Baysville and Dorset’s Winter Pantry Food Program.
Join us at the Dwight Library for Light up Dwight Night at 5:30pm, tree lighting ceremony will happen at 6pm
Please bring a non-perishable food donation
Include Bigwin Island Golf Club in your family cottage legacy and experience great food and fine wine when visiting the magnificent Lake of Bays.
Our menus are cultivated to incorporate the basic concepts of fresh, local & regional diversity, highest quality, seasonal influences, and reflect a collaboration of comfort and innovative recipes that address the diverse needs of our members and guests.
Our Award-winning Executive Chef Julien, blends classic and modern culinary cuisine providing exquisite flavours, creative presentation and a balance of nutritional excellence.
Open to the public in May, June, September and October. Reservations are required.
The Norsemen Restaurant is recognized for its fine Canadian and International cuisine for over 50 years. Treat yourself to mouth watering game, seafood, steak, schnitzel and ribs in our historic lodge with stone fireplaces, wood beamed ceilings and ‘Old Muskoka’ charm. The Norsemen has a reputation for great food and great times. Get off the beaten path, enjoy the lakeside view, and savour the superb cuisine. Just 10 minutes from Huntsville off Limberlost Road.
This is a combination of 4 stores all in one now. Something for everyone. Erika Grainger, only 25 years old has baked her way out of her old location on Hwy 35 in Dwight, Erika’s Wildflour Bake Shoppe. You will have to stop for a coffee, famous breakfast bagel, muffin in the morning or a sandwich or piece of pizza as well as many other items for lunch. That sweet treat always goes well with a coffee or tea and bring something home for later.
Enjoy casual fresh dining in the original 1819 Muskoka lodge. The menu offers seasonally inspired cuisine, emphasizing fresh, simple preparation using locally grown foods. The majestic post and beam architecture of the main lodge affords a captivating and panoramic view of the lake and surrounding forest.
Chef Joseph Wood:
Joseph Wood began his culinary career in the pit of the famous Sherwood Inn in southern Ontario. After many years of experience working the line of various Ontario restaurants found himself out west working under Executive Chef Alistair Barns and Chef Kelly Strutt for Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts.
Working with Menus influenced by European Mountain guides he gained valuable knowledge on many different styles of cuisine including game meats. With a new found passion Joseph ventured to Australia to gain further knowledge and experience, working at Kooringa Resort and Pier Nine restaurant. Cooking alongside talented chefs he was preparing modern style Mediterranean dishes while still preserving the British style of Pork and lamb dishes. Back in Canada he accepted a position with the award winning culinary team at Fox Harb’r in Nova Scotia where he furthered his passion and experience until moving back to Ontario and accepting the Chefs Position at the Trillium Resort and Spa.
Joseph inspires to bring his wealth of knowledge gained from his experience to the guests and tables at Trillium Resort and Spa.
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