Top Summer Activities in Lake of Bays

Top Summer Activities in Lake of Bays

Situated in northeastern Muskoka, next to Algonquin Park, Lake of Bays is a top Canadian destination.  Known for its natural beauty, bustling hamlets and endless recreational opportunities, Lake of Bays is one of Ontario’s best spots for enjoying summer. With over 100 lakes to explore, Lake of Bays is a highly recommended destination for cottagers and tourists seeking sightseeing, hiking, boating, golf, art, and a vibrant history. 

Top Summer Activities in Lake of Bays 

Arts Loop & Lake of Bays Role in Canadian Art History 

The Group of Seven was a group of Canadian landscape painters during 1920 to 1933. Their works of art often featured the idyllic granite rock outcroppings and twisted pines found throughout cottage country including Muskoka’s eastern region, Lake of Bays. Also known as the Algonquin School, The Group of Seven along with artists Tom Thomson and Emily Carr played a significant role in Canadian art history. 

Lake of Bays Arts interactive Arts Loop map and calendar allows visitors to plan arts-centric trips throughout Lake of Bays. Art enthusiasts can meet and support artists at their studios, visit galleries, museums, live theatre, and concert venues. Dine in first class eateries and enjoy stunning landscapes throughout Lake of Bays including the charming hamlets of Dwight, Dorset, Baysville and Hillside.

To explore the Arts & Cultural destinations Lake of Bays has to offer visit The Arts Loop website. 

Marsh’s Falls Nature Reserve

The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation acquired the Marsh Falls property to protect its natural and scenic values. Families and small groups are welcome to visit, but unlike other trails you must register first. By registering your group, the Foundation can control the amount of traffic that could otherwise significantly impact the delicate ecosystems found here in nature. 

Take in the scenery and connect with nature by hiking the trails as Marsh’s Falls. Totaling 4 km in length, the trails consist of four connected loops ranging from .6 to 1.1 km each. The trails are mostly level with some moderate elevations.  

The foundation hosts summer events led by naturalists at Marsh’s Falls Nature Reserve. These events include a Butterfly Count, Silent Boat Rally and Mushroom Forays.

You can book your time at Marsh’s Falls Nature Reserve through their website

Lake of Bays Brewing Company

What rural Ontario town would be complete without its own microbrewery? Lake of Bays Brewing Company draws locals, tourists and visitors from near and far with their unique craft brews. 

If you are Canadian you may agree, a favourite summer pastime is sipping a craft beer on a patio. Lake of Bays Brewery offers a wide variety of ale, IPA, lager, pilsner and stout as well as a variety of summer activities from late night music to trivia to Sunday brunch. If you love great beer, food and the outdoors, plan a trip to Lake of Bays Brewery & Taproom located at 2681 Muskoka Rd. 117, Baysville, ON. They also have satellite brew houses and barrel houses in Bracebridge and Huntsville.

Dorset Lookout Tower

The Dorset Lookout Tower is both an amazing attraction and a historical landmark. The original tower 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). Surrounded by trails and wildlife, it was erected to allow visitors to enjoy the stunning views.

Owned and operated by the Township of Algonquin Highlands, the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower is located off Highway 35 just north of the village of Dorset. For a small entry fee visitors can enjoy the tour and facilities including picnic sites, restrooms, tourist information kiosk, gift shop and the hiking trail.

The tower is located at 1191 Dorset Scenic Tower Rd, Dwight, ON 


Lake of Bays is an idyllic Ontario cottage destination located next to Algonquin Park in northeastern Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Just 2 hours north of Toronto and 3.5 hours West of Ottawa it is truly one of the most scenic regions to visit in all of Ontario. L.O.B. is known for its natural beauty, quaint villages, inviting accommodations and talented artisans. Discover the natural beauty, art, history, and culture throughout the Lake of Bays region.  

Make Lake of Bays Your Home or Home Away from Home 

Are you looking to sell or buy real estate in Lake of Bays? The Janssen Group specializes in Lake of Bays waterfront and rural properties. Muskoka North experts Ashley Chaban and Krystal Cosstick provide exceptional services and local knowledge in the northern Lake of Bays area including Hillside and Dwight. Reach out to Krystal and Ashley to start your search or list your home or cottage for sale. Ashley and Krystal’s dedication and expertise will guide you seamlessly through the entire process.

Jack Janssen and Carrie Trip list and sell waterfront properties in Dorset and Baysville including luxury waterfront cottages such as 5031 Hwy 117, Dorset. With 30 years in the Muskoka real estate niche market their service is second to none. Reach out to Jack and Carrie or any one of The Janssen Group associates today!

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