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With a breathtaking 360 degree view, the observation deck of this historic tower stands 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays.

The Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower Park is 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 until 1961. The current tower was built in 1967 and is 30 metres high (100 feet) and was erected for visitors to enjoy the view.

Annually, more than 10,000 vehicles (60,000 visitors) 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, and enjoy the view from the tree-top lookout as well as ground level lookouts

Facilities include picnic sites, 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.

Live web stream from the top of the Dorset Lookout Tower!

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
Motorcycle $3.00 $4.00
Coach/Van - 9 passengers or less $8.00 $12.00
Large Camper/Van/RV/Mini-bus/10 passengers or more $20.00 $25.00
Season Pass* $20.00 N/A
Bus $45.00 $55.00
*season pass is limited to registration of two vehicles per household. NOT for shared use between households.  NOT available for commercial use.

Hours of Operation

Victoria Day Weekend to Thanksgiving
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

July 1st (Canada Day)
9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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:  705-766-9033


Dorset Scenic Tower Trail Map