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Fall Colour Traffic Considerations

The Tower is an extremely busy place during the peak of fall colours. Traffic management plans will be in affect during the weekends of October 5-6, 12-14, 19-20. Expect delays and long wait times of over two hours to access the Tower. Parking lots fill quickly and stay full throughout the day. The last vehicle permitted to enter the access line will be at 4:30pm, plan accordingly. If you can visit during a weekday, wait times will be significantly reduced. Please be patient and obey posted signage, the traffic control staff and the OPP who will be directing traffic.

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  
Walk-Up $5.00
Car $15.00
Motorcycle $7.50
Coach/Van - up to 9 passengers $20.00
Large Camper/Van/RV/Mini-bus/10-15 passengers $30.00
Mini-Bus and/or 16-29 passengers $45.00
Coach Bus and/or 30 passengers or more $65.00
Seasons Pass $25.00

Hours of Operation 

The Tower will be open the following hours for the 2019 season:

  • Friday May 17th - Friday June 28th 10 am - 5 pm
  • Saturday June 29th - Sunday Sept. 15th 10 am - 6 pm
  • Monday Sept.16th - Thursday Oct. 31st 9 am - 6 pm
  • Friday Nov. 1st - Sunday Nov. 17th 9 am - 5 pm Weekends (Weather permitting) 

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


Dorset Scenic Tower Trail Map