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Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower

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Address: 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd | Highway 35, Dorset, Lake of Bays, Ontario P0A 1E0, Canada
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+1 705-766-1032

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Great view and dirt Cheap attraction

We went here in August and it was getting close to closing time the older gentleman at the gate said we are closing soon and i was like that is fine. It was 6.00 but i had a 2.00... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Chris B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went here in August and it was getting close to closing time the older gentleman at the gate said we are closing soon and i was like that is fine. It was 6.00 but i had a 2.00 coin and 5.00 bill he said keep the 5.00 and go enjoy the view. We climbed to the top not gonna... More 

Thank Chris B
Halifax, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

We set off to this look out tower looking forward to seeing the view on getting there we discovered that the gates were locked so disappointed we set off back into Dorset lucky for us the lady at the coffee shop told us that we could still go up the tower just walk passed the gates!! Which is just what... More 

Thank rocksterrach
Whitby, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I climbed this historic tower on an overcast, fall day. Parking is $1 at the bottom of the hill and $6 at the top. The tower itself is very basic. Metal frame and metal stairs. Thankfully, there were hand rails. It was a bit windy when we visited so that, coupled with the height, made the experience... More 

Thank CAThorne
Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The views are excellent whether you climb up the hill or all the way up the tower. It can be a little frightening, not recommended if you don't like heights. You can drive up the hill or hike it (the hike is great).

Thank Laura V
Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The view from the tower is amazing! However, try to avoid going there during weekends because the traffic is heavy at peak season and the parking space there is limited. The admission fee that day was $8.00 per car. If one want to save that $$$, as lots of visitors did, park their cars on the main road and hike... More 

Thank George C
Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I really wish I could give this review a 5/5 because the view was certainly deserving but there are issues. Here is a breakdown: Positives: First of all, amazing view. We went during the fall colors and it looks amazing from up there. It only costs $1 for parking, so next to free. Only 25 minutes from Huntsville so it's... More 

Thank TrooperMax
Val Marie, SK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Really enjoyable! Great views from the watch tower, good historical information at the visitor centre and some hiking trails near by. Worth doing!

Thank saskatchewanian13
Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Worth a visit to the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower. The colours and view are amazing from the top of the tower. Also we ventured on the one hour trail. It was great exercise & also included excellent scenery. A great way to enjoy the Autumn season.

Thank Fearless57
Burlington, Canada
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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

When we set out from southern Ontario to see the fall colours in Muskoka, this tower was our single "must-see" spot. The tower did not disappoint. Everything about the experience was great, except maybe the footing and width of the stairs up the tower. We parked in the lot by the highway because we wanted the experience of walking up... More 

Thank ewschmidt
Imlay City, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This place was listed as one of the top places to see the fall colors. The first day we drove to this place, cars were lined up for nearly a mile along the highway, with people walking to the top, so we skipped it. The next day we went back earlier in the morning and there were far less cars... More 

Thank Jonny B

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