Nature Trails near Dorset, Ontario


Dorset is a hamlet in the Township of Lake of Bays.

The Township of Lake of Bays is part of the District of Muskoka, known as one of Ontario's premier destinations for family vacations and summer cottages. There are over 3,200 permanent residents who enjoy the lifestyle benefits of calling Lake of Bays home year-round, and an additional influx of over 13,000 seasonal residents who escape to the Township to enjoy its pristine waters, relaxed atmosphere and recreational opportunities.

Conveniently located adjacent to world-renowned Algonquin Park, the Township is home to over 108 lakes, including Lake of Bays – the fourth largest lake in Muskoka with nearly 170 km of shoreline. Offering the best in outdoor natural beauty, Lake of Bays is a four season waterfront playground just waiting to be explored. Within the Township’s borders you will find the four unique and inviting hamlets of Baysville, Dorset, Dwight and Hillside. Each community offers trails and outdoor recreational opportunities, dining and shopping experiences, annual festivals and events, and various other attractions and amenities; all with friendly service and small town charm! We encourage you to visit each of the hamlets to explore all that Lake of Bays has to offer. For a guide and map of “Things to See & Do Around Lake of Bays”, visit http://www.lakeofbays.on.ca/content/around-lake-bays

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ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS

ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS The essence of Algonquin is in its vast interior of maple hills, rocky ridges, and thousands of lakes. The only way to explore the interior of this park is by canoe or on foot. There is also a second Algonquin – along the 56...

Beetle Lake Trail

Beetle Lake Trail This is a 5 km hike through an active beaver pond, bog, hardwood hills and primary growth forest to a stunning lookout of Oxtongue Lake. Because of the varied and open forest types, this area provides one of the best opportunities in the Highlands...

Bondi Village Resort Trails

Bondi Village Resort Trails. We have over 20 km. of trails on our private wilderness reserve. Trails vary in difficulty. Each offers its own special micro-environment and natural features. In winter, approximately 15 km. are groomed and track set for Nordic skiing....

DORSET TOWER LOOKOUT TRAIL

DORSET TOWER LOOKOUT TRAIL With a breathtaking 360 degree view, the observation deck of this historic tower stands 142 metres (465 feet) above Lake of Bays. The Dorset Tower is both a great attraction and a historical landmark. It was built in 1967 on the site of the...

Dorset Village Walking Trail

The Dorset Village Walking Trail is a gentle stroll through the community of Dorset. Enjoy the view of the river, the pleasures of a small town and time spent at the various water access points along the route. The community welcomes this trail as they invite you to...

Frost Centre Hiking Trails

Frost Centre Hiking Trails access at the Trails Office is currently closed due to infrastructure issues with neighbouring Frost Centre property. Access Frost Centre Hiking Trails from Dawson Ponds access point via Sherborne Lake Road. A number of stacked loops...

OXTONGUE RAPIDS HIKING TRAIL

OXTONGUE RAPIDS HIKING TRAIL This trail follows the shore of fast moving water. From the monument the trail heads west to the left of the road you arrived on. This rugged terrain highlights natural growth forest, a steep incline and descent. Return the same way or...

OXTONGUE RIVER-RAGGED FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS

OXTONGUE RIVER-RAGGED FALLS PROVINCIAL PARK TRAILS There is a short hiking trail that leads to the water fall. Depending on the time of year, and with caution, you can climb along the rocks to the bottom of the falls; an equally impressive view of the falls. We would...

PAINT LAKE COVERED BRIDGE WALKING TRAIL

PAINT LAKE COVERED BRIDGE WALKING TRAIL A walk through the community of Paint Lake, including its covered bridge. The trail follows Bellwood Acres Rd north, then east along Highway 117 and back along Paint Lake Rd to the cemetery. We would also direct you to read...

Partridge Lake Trail

Partridge Lake Trail is located off Highway 35, just past Partridge Lake, about 700 metres down the old highway roadbed.  It treks northward through the forest to Sherborne Lake. The area is a popular wildlife area and larger animals such as deer, moose and bears are...