If you are ever driving on Highway 35 keep your eyes open for a glimpse of the area’s history. There’s an old fire tower along this route, north of Canarvan and south of Dorset just past the Leslie Frost Centre. You’ll see it on the right side of the road, peeking above the trees.
In days gone by, fire towers were scattered throughout Northern and Southern Ontario, protecting nearby townships in case of disaster. But there aren’t very many left standing today. The remaining tower in Dorset is not the original structure from 1922 but it nonetheless gives you a pretty accurate visual of what the original might have looked like.
The Dorset tower stands 100 feet tall and was built in 1967, the year the Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. This tower has amazing views of Lake of Bays, Dorset and the surrounding area and is well worth the climb to the top.
There are two towers in the Algonquin Park area that are still manned today. Haliburton still has part of a tower left and Gravenhurst had one as well.
Why not take the time to experience a bit of cottage country history next time you’re in the area?
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