The historic Dorset Lookout Tower is located off Highway 35, in the north Dorset village. The historic tower was originally built in 1922 above the Lake of Bays. From the top of the tower, you can have a breathtaking 360-degree view. The observation deck of this scenic tower stands 142 m above Lake of Bays. The tower park is maintained by the Township of Algonquin Highlands. The original 25 m high tower was built in 1922. Till 1961, it was used as a fire lookout tower. The current 30 m high lookout tower was built for visitors in 1967.

What is Dorset Lookout Tower famous for?

Built in 1967, the Dorset Tower is a historical landmark. The tower was constructed on the site of the fire tower, which was once used by the rangers to keep an eye on devastating forest fires. 

Things To Do At Dorset Lookout Tower

The Dorset Lookout Tower offers incredible views of Ontario. Scale the tower to enjoy the treetop view and ground-level lookouts. That original lookout tower became outdated in 1962 when aircraft substituted the tower men. The current tower was reconstructed in 1967 and is 30 m high. It also has a staircase, which is a far better alternative than the ladders of the original tower. 

About 30 m rise is steep. So take a break at a few stops in between and just go at your own pace. Even if you cannot climb to the top of the tower, you should check the enclosed observation deck for an awesome view.

The scenic tower, kiosk, and picnic site are maintained by the Township of Algonquin Highlands.

The 2.3 km long tower trail begins from the backside of the Dorset Heritage Museum. Passing through the beautiful forest along the base of the lookout hill to the top, and back down again. 

Other facilities present at the place comprise a picnic site, restrooms, a gift shop, and a tourist information kiosk. 

Closing Words

Plan a fun trip to the charming town of Dorset located on Lake of Bays. Dorset town is the home to the Dorset Heritage Museum and grabs the SS Bigwin for a sightseeing cruise on Lake of Bays.