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Dorset Lookout Tower

Dorset Tower Lookout

The Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, Tower Kiosk and Picnic Site are operated and maintained for your enjoyment by the Township of Algonquin Highlands.

The Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower is located off Highway 35 just north of the village of Dorset.

The original tower was built in 1922, was 25 metres high (82 feet) and used as a fire lookout tower. The current tower was built in 1967 and is 30 metres high (100 feet).

Annually, 60,000 vehicles will pass through the gates. In the peak Autumn season, it is not unusual for more than 600 vehicles to visit the tower in a single day.

Visitors are welcome to climb to the observation deck which is 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays.

Facilities include an extensive picnic site, restrooms, a tourist information kiosk, a gift shop and a hiking trail.  Click here for a printable copy of the Dorset Scenic Tower Trail map.

The Tower is a "use at own risk" attraction. High risk use of the Tower and mountain is not permitted.

Fee Schedule

Prices include HST Victoria Day Weekend
through first Friday
after Labour Day
First Saturday after
Labour Day through
Thanksgiving Day
Walk-Up $1.00 $2.00
Car $6.00 $8.00
Van - 9 passengers or less $8.00 $12.00
Van - 10 passengers or more $12.00 $16.00
Season Pass $20.00 N/A
Bus $45.00 $55.00

Hours of Operation

Dorset Tower 2 – through the big binoculars

Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving
9 am to 6 pm daily
July 1st Canada Day
9 am to 10 pm

After Thanksgiving, the Tower will remain open, weather permitting. Please call ahead. Once the snow flies, the Tower will be closed for the season.




Directions & Contact Information

Dorset Lookout Tower
1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd. (located off Hwy. 35, just north of the village of Dorset)
Map Coordinates:  45.252987,-78.893852
GPS Location: UTM Zone 17. 0665289E 5013211N

Phone: 705-766-1032
Gatehouse: 705-766-1242