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COVID-19 Information: Based on the current provincially mandated stay at home order, which is in effect until May 20, the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower will not open on May 17 as previously planned. The Township’s emergency operations control group will continue to review this based on the timelines associated with the stay at home order.

The Township continues to prepare for the opening and operation of municipal facilities and programs however, the changing Provincial Orders have resulted in disruptions in usual preparations such as the hiring and training of seasonal staff which, in turn, can affect the implementation of annually scheduled work. In order to provide safe and enjoyable experiences for the public, Algonquin Highlands will open and operate its facilities and programs as soon as it’s safe to do so for both the public and staff, not necessarily immediately upon a change in Provincial Orders.

For regular updates, a list of Covid-19 related frequently asked questions and contact information, please visit our Covid-19 information page at:



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.

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!

Fee Schedule

Prices include HST  
Walk-Up $5.50
Car $16.50
Motorcycle $8.25
Coach/Van - up to 9 passengers $22.00
Large Camper/Van/RV/Mini-bus/10-15 passengers $33.00
Mini-Bus and/or 16-29 passengers $49.50
Coach Bus and/or 30 passengers or more $71.50
Seasons Pass* $27.50
*Season pass is limited to registration of two vehicles per household, NOT for shared use between households, NOT available for commercial use

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