Dorset is a small community in southeast Ontario’s cottage country, approximately 2 hours northeast of Toronto. Dorset is located right at the far eastern edge of the Muskoka District, which stretches from Sparrow Lake in the south, to the southeastern islands of Georgian Bay in the west, and up to the town of Novar in the north.
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Dorset also falls at the boundary between the Lake of Bays Municipality and Algonquin Highlands Township. Dorset is situated near the intersection of Highway 35 and 117, and across an inlet into Trading Bay of the Lake of Bays. A bridge at the middle of Dorset crosses the divide between Big and Little Trading Bay.
Nearby towns include Dwight (north), Baysville (west), Pine Springs (south), and Carnarvon (further south). Dorset also falls within Ontario’s scenic cottage country, most of which is in the geographical region known as the Canadian Shield, an area defined by rocky outcroppings, dense forests, and hundreds of lakes.
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Real estate in Dorset includes a small town center with businesses and a few single-family homes. These homes are both rustic and comfortable, reflecting a range of country appropriate styles including wood frame construction, large decks, and many other features for enjoying the scenery and weathering the elements.
As with many homes and properties in the wider southeast Ontario area, the homes around Dorset are grouped along the shores of lakes and tributaries like Paint Lake, and Raven Lake. These homes have elevated living rooms opening onto decks and with tall windows for taking in the lakeside views. The properties also have their own docks and other boating facilities for enjoying the water in the summer.
Homes and cottages around Dorset include large and unique structures in innovative layouts. Some will blend a variety of shed-roof configurations and multi-leveled designs. Common features include balconies, fireplaces, and spacious interiors.
The area around Dorset and the local real estate market also includes a number of empty or undeveloped lots. These properties present an excellent opportunity for building a vacation or getaway home of your own, complete with all the custom details and conveniences you wish for.
Things to do in & around Dorset, ON
Dorset is a very popular destination with visitors from urban centers to the south. During the summer months, the town swells in size as vacationers come to take up residence in their holiday homes and cottages. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the many activities offered by the natural landscape of Dorset, including boating, swimming, fishing, sunbathing, hiking, and so on.
You can take a trip on the SS Bigwin into the Lake of Bays, visiting the resort on Bigwin Island and the golf course located there.
Dorset is especially popular as a gateway to Algonquin Provincial Park, an expansive natural area located to the northeast.
Within Dorset, there are many sites to see and visit, such as:
- Lake of Bays Beach
- Dorset Recreation Centre
- Dorset Heritage Museum
- Muskoka Jewels
- Dorset Lookout Tower
Robinson’s General Store (surprisingly, a beloved and well-known local destination) Restaurants like Pizza on Earth, The Fish Shack, and The Trading Bay Dining Company
There are also a few B&Bs and resorts to stay at, like the Muskoka All Seasons Resort at the far end of Little Trading Bay.
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