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Lake of Bays is a township within the District Municipality of Muskoka, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker. It is named after the Lake of Baysmarker.

Located in the northeast corner of Muskoka, the Lake of Bays offers a natural landscape of forests, rocks, lakes and wetlands. Because of its natural beauty, it is an important cottaging, recreation and tourism destination in Ontariomarker. Currently, the economy of the township is primarily based on tourism, recreation, and the service sector with forestry and aggregate extraction contributing as well.

The township has a permanent population of 3,570 and a seasonal population of almost 18,000, and encompasses approximately of land. The township is situated north of Torontomarker.


Lake of Bays was established in 1971 from the townships of Franklin, Ridout, McLean, Sinclair and Finlayson in the former District of Muskoka.

Lake of Bays is situated in Ontario's cottage country and has long been a vacation destination for the inhabitants of Toronto and the surrounding areas. In the early 20th century Bigwin Inn, a resort that once operated on Bigwin Islandmarker, was a sought after destination point by many individuals and groups.

The township was once home to the smallest railway line in the world called the Portage Railway. It ferried passengers between North Portage on Lake Peninsula to South Portage on Lake of Bays, a distance of 2 km. The train, named the Portage Flyer, was discontinued in 1958 and was relocated to an amusement park near St. Thomas, Ontariomarker. Much of the original components have since been repatriated and continue to operate on the grounds of Muskoka Heritage Place.


The township includes the communities of Baysville, Bigwin, Birkendale, Bona Vista, Bondi Village, Britannia, Brooks Mills, Browns Brae, Dorset, Dwight, Fox Point, Glenmount, Grandview, Grassmere, Grove Park, Hillside, Limberlost Lodge, Lumina, Maple Ridge, Millar Hill, Nith Grove, North Portage, Norway Point, Port Cunnington, Sea Breeze, South Portage and Wahawin.

In film

In 1963 the former Dorset Fire Tower was shown in the opening credits of the old CBC tv show The Forest Rangers.

The lake scenes from the Canadian film starring Gordon Pinsent called Away From Her were also shot in the township on the south shore of Lake of Bays nearly across from Price's Point.


Shania Twain has a home in Lake of Bays.

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District of Muskoka Municipalities
Town of Bracebridgemarker | Town of Gravenhurstmarker | Town of Huntsvillemarker
Township of Georgian Baymarker | Township of Lake of Bays | Township of Muskoka Lakesmarker

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