Luxury Lake of Bays — Cottage Country Culture at its best

Considering the fact it’s one of the smallest municipalities in Muskoka population-wise (and none of them are big!), Lake of Bays has a surprising number of excellent cultural events, activities, and attractions.

Leading the way are the many opportunities to enjoy the township’s rich artistic heritage. It was after all in nearby Algonquin Park that Canada’s Tom Thomson – a founding member of the famous Group of Seven – painted some of his most memorable artwork. And contemporary artists like Baysville’s John Murden continue this legacy to this day. Artists and crafters from many different disciplines can also be enjoyed at the excellent Baysville Arts & Crafts Festivals each summer, too. Another great place to view superb examples of Canadian and local artwork is at the Algonquin Art Centre, an easy drive away and just within the boundaries of Algonquin Park. Those visiting in the Fall can visit many area galleries as part of the annual Muskoka Autumn Studio Tour, a lovely scenic drive that includes Lake of Bays.

Notable cultural attractions include the Dorset Heritage Museum, the historic SS Bigwin steamship, the Dorset Lookout Tower, and Lake of Bays Brewery, which offers tastings and tours (a great time to visit is during the always-fun Baysville Walkabout Festival). Two other groups with a strong cultural presence in the area should also be mentioned: the Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation, which does an excellent job of preserving the “natural, built and cultural heritage” of the area; and the wonderful Dot The T Productions, a Lake of Bays-based professional theatre company that tours great shows around Muskoka and beyond.

To learn more about the diverse culture in this part of cottage country, be sure to visit Luxury Lake of Bays again soon!