Though it’s starting to get a bit chilly out there, fall is not yet over, and if you’re looking for a thrilling weekend escape, head to the Muskoka region. Lake of Bays is a wonderful all-season Ontario destination with picturesque landscapes, natural beauty, and four charming hamlets.
Just two hours north of Toronto and three and a half west of Ottawa is Lake of Bays. There are over 100 lakes to explore in this township and over 163,000 acres of land. Needless to say, there is a lot of ground to cover and a lot to do.
Though it is home to several businesses, local restaurants, and shopping experiences, Lake of Bays stands out when it comes to outdoor adventures,
You can explore over 20 km of track-set cross-country ski trails and snowshoe trails, embark along Fairy Falls Park Trail to small falls along the Muskoka River, visit Bondi Village Resort and even drive along an 80 km scenic loop with stops in charming hamlets.
As a matter of fact, Lake of Bays is circled by four of them. These charming hamlets include Baysville, Dwight, Dorset, and Hillside, according to Township of Lake of Bays.
Baysville can be found in the southern part of the Township, and is home to the Baysville Dam, as well as annual festivals and special events.
Dorset is located on Lake of Bays in Trading Bay, and features the historic SS Bigwin steamship and the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower.
You’ll find Dwight north of Lake of Bays home to bakeries, marinas, and shops worth exploring.
As for Hillside, according to the Township, that’s where you’ll find many artists’ studios, and the chance to venture into the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve.
To make your trip easier, you can embark on that scenic route using the online map, and see all hamlets in a single day.
Whether you plan on heading out on this journey during the fall season or you’re waiting for the first snow fall, there’s no doubt that Lake of Bays is a wonderful destination in any season.
Now all you have to do is plan your next trip to the Muskokas.