Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower
You don’t have to wait until the fall to experience the view at the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower. The observation deck offers a 360 degree view, 142 metres (456 feet) above Lake of Bays. For those that enjoy the view closer to the ground Peek-a-boo Rock keeps your feet on the ground with a great view across Dorset. At the top of tower hill there is an information/gift kiosk, picnic tables and toilet facilities.
The original Fire Tower was built in 1922 and stood 25 metres (82 feet) tall. Access to the top of the tower was up an enclosed ladder. The tower became obsolete in 1962 when aircraft replaced towermen. Many people climbed the tower to enjoy the view. Then, in 1967 the existing tower was built, not for fire watching, but for the spectacular view! This tower stands 30 metres (100 feet) tall with a staircase making it much easier to climb.
To park at the tower there is a per vehicle charge, season passes are also available. Because parking is limited during our busiest time there is some-times a waiting time. To avoid long line ups during the fall colour season it is recommended that you visit the tower during the week. Free parking is available at the baseball diamond on Main Street, as well as the parkette located on Highway 35. From both of these areas it is easy access to the walking trail that leads to the tower from the base of Tower Hill, just behind the Dorset Heritage Museum. The trail is marked and the walk itself should take about twenty minutes up the less steep trail.
The tower can be visited by snowmobile in winter months. The trail leading there is part of the Tall Pines Snowmobile Club Trail.
Tower use is a “use at own risk” and signs are posted throughout the area. High risk use of Tower and Mountain is not permitted.
Open seasonally: 705-766-1032