Come Wander

At 465 feet tall, the climb to my top is not for the faint of heart. My original purpose was to warn against fires, but today, thousands flock to me each fall to marvel at the fiery colours of the season that surround me. Where am I?

If the climb to the top doesn’t take your breath away, we’re pretty sure the view from the top will.

…I am Dorset Lookout Tower

Standing tall just north of the town of Dorset, the Dorset Lookout Tower offers 360-degree views over the Lake of Bays from its tree-top level observation deck. Brace yourself as you gaze at your destination – 132 metres up – before starting your trek to the top of this former fire lookout tower to soak in spectacular views.

Discover the history of the tower, which was originally built in 1922, stood 82 feet tall, and was used to watch for fires until 1961. Though not the original tower, today’s was erected in 1967 and marks this moment in history, standing an incredible 465 feet tall.

There’s a reason this tower is most popular in fall, when the lakes still sparkle in the sunlight and Mother Nature delights us with her vibrant display of colour. Nothing quite beats the view from the top, but we can pretty much guarantee this won’t be the only thing delighting your eyes as you take in the beauty of the surrounding area from the base and enjoy the additional views offered along the climb to the top.

Insider Tip: Stop into the famous Robinson’s General Store on your way to the tower to pack a picnic to enjoy surrounded by nature, and extend your visit to hike the Dorset Tower Lookout Trail.
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