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Why Invest Here


Lake of Bays is proud of our rich history and is planning for a successful and sustainable future by welcoming new development to the region. An amenity rich environment combined with the picturesque beauty of Lake of Bays creates a unique backdrop in which to grow your business. The Township has significant assets from geographical and business standpoints. Bordered by Highway No. 117 and the Provincial Highways No. 35 and 60 it offers excellent access to urban communities and inter-community travel. From all locations in Lake of Bays it is no more than a ten to thirty minute drive to the larger town centres of Bracebridge and Huntsville. Technology and transport infrastructure also keep communities connected, both locally and globally.

Current amenities and infrastructure assets include:

  • 2 community centres with attached libraries, an arena, and 5 volunteer fire stations;
  • A new Healthcare Hub in Dorset with nurse practitioner and other healthcare services;
  • Easy access to both Huntsville Memorial Hospital and South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge;
  • A Public School in Dwight, close proximity to 3 High Schools in adjacent towns, and Georgian College's Bracebridge Campus;
  • Numerous churches and senior’s centres with active community programming;
  • A municipal sewer and water system in Baysville;
  • Ongoing advancement of cell service and broadband coverage;
  • Proximity to multiple airports including Muskoka Airport in Gravenhurst (30 km), Haliburton/Stanhope Airport (40 km), Jack Garland Airport in North Bay (150 km), Peterborough Airport (160 km) and Pearson International Airport in Toronto (200 km).


Live, work and play in the Township of Lake of Bays! Exceptional recreation opportunities and a high quality of life enable you to enjoy the enviable work/life balance that many strive for. Leave the congested city traffic behind and enjoy the lifestyle benefits of Muskoka without the stressful commute! Offering the best in outdoor natural beauty, Lake of Bays is a four season waterfront playground just waiting to be explored. Our friendly communities offer a safe haven for raising a family with endless opportunities for fun, family friendly activities both on land and in the water. Lake of Bays offers a wide variety of recreational amenities that appeal to a range of interests including sport and active lifestyle, arts, culture and heritage.

Lifestyle perks include:

  • Access to world renowned Algonquin Provincial Park (never more than a 30 minute drive); 
  • Opportunities for four season outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, water sports, hiking, biking, golfing, ice fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and so much more;
  • Several hiking trails and public parks, numerous boat launches, public access points and swimming areas including Dwight Beach (one of the best public beaches in Muskoka);
  • Sports and recreational programs in all three major communities;
  • A vibrant and active heritage interest that includes several museums and heritage groups;
  • Several art studios and crafts establishments which support a vibrant community of artisans;
  • Festivals and community events (Dorset Snowball, Dwight Firefest, Baysville Walkabout, and many more!);
  • Countless resorts and tourist attractions;
  • Restored SS Bigwin wooden steamship operating public cruises out of Dorset;
  • Bigwin Island Golf and Country Club (ranked top #15 golf course in Canada by Golf Digest);
  • Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve (protected wilderness haven offering a full range of recreational facilities for all seasons in over 10,000 acres of mixed forests);
  • Many active groups with opportunities for community involvement (Lions, Cottage Watch, business groups, etc.).

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