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About Lake of Bays

The Township of Lake of Bays is located in northeastern Muskoka, beside world-renowned Algonquin Park. Known for its natural beauty, charming hamlets and recreational opportunities, Lake of Bays is a vibrant four-season community.

With picturesque landscapes, outdoor activities, specialty shops and restaurants, Lake of Bays is the ideal place to live and work. It is also a premier destination for cottagers and travellers seeking a summer playground or a winter wonderland.

Lake of Bays is situated just east of Huntsville and is 2 hours north of Toronto, 1 hour south of North Bay, and 3.5 hours west of Ottawa.

  • For permanent and seasonal population numbers, see our community profile
  • Over 66,000 hectares (163,083 acres) of land
  • Over 100 lakes to explore in the Township
  • Lake of Bays is the fourth largest lake in Muskoka with nearly 170 km of shoreline
  • Our community profile offers additional stats and data

Lake of Bays is circled by four charming hamlets:

Baysville is located in the southern part of the Township and is home to the Baysville Dam and many exciting annual festivals and special events

Located on Lake of Bays in Trading Bay, Dorset features the historic SS Bigwin steamship and the Dorset Scenic Lookout Tower.

On the Highway 60 corridor, Dwight is a thriving community at the north end of Lake of Bays with many accommodation options, bakeries, marinas and shops. Enjoy beautiful Dwight Beach or experience one of the many exciting festivals and special events

Hillside is a hub for artists and adventurers located along the Highway 60 corridor and Limberlost Road. Visit one of the many artists' studios or venture into the Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve.

Check out our Community Events Calendar to find out what's happening in the community. 

We meet the changing needs of the community through the effective delivery of municipal services. We educate the public on choices, which may affect the community. As the primary link between government and the community, we strive to be professional and fair in all we do.

Corporate Statement of Values

  • We strive to be a proactive, team-centred organization, equipped to provide effective municipal services in the most efficient manner possible.
  • We are dedicated to find innovative ways to address the evolving needs of our community.
  • We make full use of technology without losing the personal touch.
  • We value honesty, openness and respect for others.
  • We endeavour to be approachable, and to treat everyone with fairness, compassion, and understanding.

Township of Lake of Bays Road Index Map

The District of Muskoka provides GIS data and PDF maps including a Lake of Bays Wall Map

District of Muskoka Web Mapping

The Muskoka GeoHub is an online interactive mapping application that features a new mapping interface and touch screen support for mobile devices.

The application allows users to search for features and view high resolution aerial photography for the entire district.

The most recent photographs were captured in May 2013. New in 2017 is the Shoreline Video Map which shows video of select portions of shoreline.

Please refer to our GeoHub Video if you are not familiar with the use of online mapping.

View our complete Community Profile

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