A year-round playground with over 100 lakes to explore.

Lake of Bays

With the name “Lake of Bays”, you know you’re going to be getting a lot of water.  There are over 100 lakes in the area to explore, with the actual Lake of Bays as the feature of the area. This is a four-season community with plenty of year-round activities. It’s right next door to Algonquin Park and is home to many cottagers seeking to enjoy its natural wonderland.

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Living in Lake of Bays

The Township of Lake of Bays has many smaller communities, but is anchored by the four hamlets of Baysville, Bigwin, Dorset and Hillside. The main population is just over 3,000, but that swells to over 11,000 seasonally.  Tourism is the main industry of the Township, along with forestry and Aggregate mining. Because of the high seasonal population and draw for cottagers and travelers, you will find many artisan shops and studios to visit. The region is also home to many festivals and special events throughout the year.


Imagine sipping on your Mint Julep while hobnobbing with the likes of Clark Gable or Ernest Hemingway. Well, back in the day you could have at the Bigwin Inn, a resort in the region that ran from 1920 until the late 1960s.  Found on Bigwin Island, this hotel resort was a draw for many of Hollywood’s elite. Even the Dutch royal family stayed for the summers from 1941 to 1945. The spectacular dining hall could hold up to 750 guests, and the dance pavilion was a draw for many musicians to come to the island and perform.

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Historic Sites

Points of Interest

Things To Do

Dorset lookout tower
Climb the Tower

Climb up 465 feet to get the spectacular views at the top of the Dorset Lookout Tower.  Originally, the tower was used for rangers to look out for forest fires, but now it’s a tourist attraction with over 60,000 visitors a year.  You can drive or hike up to this lookout.

Baysville Walkabout in Lake of Bays
Baysville Walkabout

Vendors, demonstrations and entertainment abound at the annual Baysville Walkabout street festival. There are over 100 vendors, a kid’s zone, live bands, and plenty of food. This festival happens in July rain or shine.

Dorset Heritage Museum
Dorset Heritage Museum

The Dorset Heritage Museum is open from May to October. It highlights pioneer life and the history of the region.  With guest speakers, special displays and interesting programming, this is a must-stop for anyone in the region.

Outdoor Rinks
Outdoor Rinks

Get out for a shinny on one of three skating rinks in Lake of Bays.  The Baysville Arena is an indoor rink or you can enjoy the fresh air at the Dorset Ice Palace or Dwight Outdoor Rink.

Limberlost trail in Lake of Bays
Limberlost “Lost in the Woods” Trail

This cycling trail is a scenic route along a newly paved road with one small rocking part.  Enjoy the view and wildlife as you wide your way along Limberlost Road in Hillside. 

SS Bigwin cruise along Lake of Bays
SS Bigwin

Take a cruise across the Lake of Bays in the historical SS Bigwin.  From June to October, travelers are welcome to take in the sights as the historical steamship tours the beauty of the region. The boat loads up in Dorset, and visitors are encourage to tour the Marine Museum before or after the journey.

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$5,195,000 1336 FOXPOINT UNIT #1 Road, dwight, Ontario

1336 Foxpoint Unit #1 Road

Dwight, Ontario

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 3240 sq ft
Sotheby's International Realty Canada
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$444,900 1330 PORT CUNNINGTON Road, dwight, Ontario

1330 Port Cunnington Road

Dwight, Ontario

2 Bedroom 1 Bathroom 556 sq ft
RE/MAX Professionals North
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$5,995,000 1209 DELBROOKE Road, dwight, Ontario

1209 Delbrooke Road

Dwight, Ontario

4 Bedroom 6 Bathroom 4800 sq ft
Sotheby's International Realty Canada
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$2,399,000 1842 FOX POINT Road, lake of bays (twp), Ontario

1842 Fox Point Road

Lake Of Bays (Twp), Ontario

4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 2758 sq ft
RE/MAX Professionals North
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$1,699,000 3760 BRUNEL Road, baysville, Ontario

3760 Brunel Road

Baysville, Ontario

3 Bedroom 4 Bathroom 2000 sq ft
Sotheby's International Realty Canada

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