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.
Points of Interest
Things To Do
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1336 Foxpoint Unit #1 Road
1330 Port Cunnington Road
1209 Delbrooke Road
1842 Fox Point Road
Lake Of Bays (Twp), Ontario
3760 Brunel Road