Photo of View from Dorset Tower

Advanced, timed entrance tickets required for fall colour weekends (including Thanksgiving Monday) from September 24 to October 16. Click here to purchase.

Entrance on weekdays (excluding Thanksgiving Monday) remains first come, first serve with tickets available at the gate. 

For information on what to expect for fall colour viewing in the area click here


Seasons pass holders: During the fall colour weekends will be able to reserve an advanced ticket online, referencing their seasons pass number and no additional fee will apply.


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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.

Dogs, when leashed, are welcome at the Tower Park and on the Trail, but are not allowed on the actual Tower.  

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!



Advanced, timed entrance tickets are required during fall colour weekends (and Thanksgiving Monday) Sept 24 to Oct 16 Sept 10th to end of season
Walk-up $5.02 per person
Car $15.04
Motorcycle $7.52
Commercial coach/van - up to 9 passengers $20.05
Large vehicle needing two parking spaces. (Camper/RV/Towable or a 10 to 15 passenger mini-bus) $30.09
Mini-bus and/or 16 to 29 passengers $45.11
Coach bus and/or 30 passengers or more $65.17
Season Pass (limited to registration of two vehicles per household.  NOT for shared use between households.  NOT available for commercial use. $25.07
10 pass package (vehicle) $25.07

Note: all above fees subject to applicable taxes.


9AM - 6PM Seven days a week

*Last vehicle in at 5pm. 

The Tower will be open after October 30th weather dependent.  

Directions & Contact Information

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


Dorset Scenic Tower Trail Map