For more information on doing business in Lake of Bays, contact:
Jennifer Clancy | Economic Development Coordinator | 1012 Dwight Beach Road, Dwight, ON P0A 1H0
705-635-2272 ext. 1235 | 1-877-566-0005 | Email Jennifer |

Credit: Brian Tapley Credit: Fred Heinzler


The Township of Lake of Bays is a vibrant four-season community located in the northeast corner of Muskoka, adjacent to Algonquin Provincial Park. Known for its natural beauty, charming hamlets, talented artisans, and recreational opportunities, the Township is named after the Lake of Bays but is also home to over 100 lakes of varying sizes.

Lake of Bays is circled by four charming hamlets – Baysville, Dorset, Dwight, and Hillside – all offering picturesque landscapes, outdoor activities, specialty shops and restaurants. Lake of Bays is truly the ideal place to live and work.


• Permanent Population: 3,167 (Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census)
• Seasonal Population: 11,720 (Source: District of Muskoka Second Home Study 2017)
• Located just east of Huntsville; 2 hours north of Toronto; 1 hour south of North Bay; 3.5 hours west of Ottawa
• 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


Community Assets

• 2 community centres, 2 public libraries, an arena, and 5 volunteer fire stations
• Dorset Community Health Hub with nurse practitioner and other healthcare services
• Irwin Memorial Public School in Dwight; close proximity to 3 secondary schools in adjacent towns
• Numerous churches and seniors centres with active community programming

Access & Connectivity

• Easy access to both Huntsville Memorial Hospital and South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge
• Proximity to multiple airports including Muskoka Airport in Gravenhurst (30 km)
• Located 2 hours north of Toronto


• Municipal sewer and water system in Baysville
• Ongoing advancement of cell service and broadband coverage


Live, work and play in the Township of Lake of Bays! Escape hectic urban life and enjoy the enviable work/life balance that defines Muskoka. Our friendly and safe communities offer endless opportunities for family-friendly fun, recreation, arts, culture & heritage – the perfect place to raise a family.

• Close to Algonquin Provincial Park
• Active lifestyle and four season recreation opportunities
• Beautiful 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!)
• Vibrant artisan community with artist studios, galleries, studio tours and the Group of Seven Outdoor Gallery
• Live outdoor theatre
• Cruise on Lake of Bays aboard the restored wooden steamship SS Bigwin
• 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)
• Museums and active heritage groups
• Numerous festivals, community events and family-friendly activities


Whether you are expanding, relocating or starting a business, the Township of Lake of Bays welcomes new development. With the picturesque beauty of our natural environment as the backdrop, you will be living and working in a community with many amenities and recreational opportunities. The Township values our history and natural beauty and is committed to supporting sustainable growth.

Business Support & Outreach

We provide one-on-one support for each and every business located in the Township of Lake of Bays. Big or small, we want you to succeed and grow in Lake of Bays.

Available Lands

Looking for a new location? Check out our Available Lands and Buildings listing.


Know your market by accessing up-to-date information in our community profile.

Business Marketing

Every business located in the Township has access to a listing in our business directory. This is a FREE way to promote your business. We also promote our businesses regularly as part of the Business Spotlight program and various marketing campaigns.

Development Charges

In March 2020, Council made the decision to stop collecting development charges. (District of Muskoka development charges apply)

Community Improvement Plan

Coming 2021/2022

Let us help you start or grow your business in the Township of Lake of Bays!
Contact the Economic Development Coordinator now! 705-635-2272 ext. 1235

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