Tucked away in the heart of cottage country is a little town called Dorset, and it may just be among the prettiest in all of Ontario.

According to its website, the town of Dorset is “a year-round global tourist destination and is known for its rich history, love of arts, beautiful landscapes, and amazing views.”

When you take a look at the town’s lush surroundings, you’ll be quick to agree that the views are a top attraction.

The town’s population may be small, but it is “active and ever-evolving,” and no matter when you visit, the locals will always have something to offer.

From pottery to yoga to snowshoeing to hiking, this town has it all.

That’s because it’s nestled right on the boundary of Algonquin Highlands Township in Haliburton County and the Lake of Bays Municipality in Muskoka District, two of Ontario’s prettiest regions.

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To get the ultimate view of the surroundings, you can climb up to the top of the Dorset Tower observation deck.

This observation deck towers a whopping 465 feet above Dorset in the beautiful Lake of Bays region.

The original structure was used as a fire tower until 1961 but has since been converted into an observation tower that provides 360-degree views of treetops and glistening lake water.

The tower attracts over 60,000 visitors each year and offers stunning panoramas from the top as well as the ground level.

The town also hosts incredible events throughout the year, like the beloved Dorset Snowball Carnival in February.

So whether you’re seeking small-town hospitality, a thriving local arts scene, or unbelievable natural surroundings, Dorset has it all in one place!