Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower, Dorset

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Stop at Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower for panoramic views over verdant rolling hillsides and a picturesque lake. Originally used as a fire lookout point upon construction in 1922, the tower was reconstructed in 1964 for sightseeing purposes and now reaches 30 m (100 ft). This ever-popular attraction draws visitors with its views, pleasant picnic sites, and walking trails. Using our world travel planner, Dorset attractions like Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you are ever in Dorset area a visit to the Lookout Tower is a must (in the fall is the BEST Colours in Ontario) you can see forever in all directions. Tower is closed from end of Nov.-Mar. but you ...  more »
  • Road leading to Dorset tower was closed due to maintenance I guess in Oct . But you can park In parking and walk up the hill towards tower. It is one of the most beautiful fall walk I have experienced...  more »
  • Get there earlier in the day as the parking lot fills up. We were there for 9am ish and we had lots of choice for parking as the main gates are closed after thanksgiving. Its a beautiful hike up hill ...  more »
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  • Beautiful view over the lake of bays and the village of Dorset. Nice walking trails and a fall colours must stop location can be very busy during peak colour time
  • We loved our long drive from Toronto to Muskoka. You still cannot see fall colors there or in Algonquin Provincial Park. I don't know what's happening with the fall. I was super excited to see the Fall colors from the tower but it turns out there are very few leaves who changed there color. If you are afraid of heights then this tower is not for you. When we were in the queue we didn't knew the consequences but later when we were on the stairs it was really scary. Upon reaching we felt that the tower is shaking because of people that means tower is not strong enough that's why they say "Use at your own risk" if something happens to that tower then there is no guarantee that you'll be safe. People go there with there toddlers which is not okay. Toddlers were scared and yes adults were scared too! They charge 8$ for your car if you want to take it a little inside and want to park near the tower(which is about 1 km from the main road). If you are willing to park your car outside then also you have to pay 2$ as you have to walk.. so you have to walk for 1 km and you've to spend your energy then you've to pay 2$ and moreover you are risking your life by reaching to the top of that tower. As they are charging people they can rebuild that tower so that it could be safe for people. I'm just sad that we drove a long way and didn't got my perfect fall foliage picture!
  • Great challenge if you are a little afraid of heights. Perfectly safe but because it's an open steel tower you can see through the stairs, floors and railings!
  • You would think with the number of visitors they could afford to invest in better infrastructure.. Amazing views but long wait on weekends. Best to go during the week.
  • It is what it is. A giant metal tower on top of a hill in one of the most beautiful places in Ontario, well worth a visit and parking is free if you don't drive all the way to the tower base and walk up the hill. Always a beautiful sight. 100% safe for those who are afraid of heights, it's worth the climb if you can make it all the way up to the top!
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