We need your help to create a vision for Dorset’s waterfront. Click here to fill out the online public survey: http://ow.ly/Y5oyT

The survey is now closed. Click here to view the results.

Dorset Aerial - Photo by Muskoka UAV Fall 2015
Photo credit: Muskoka UAV

Dorset Waterfront Development Plan and Downtown Study

The Township of Lake of Bays in partnership with the Dorset Community Partnership (DCP), Lake of Bays Marine Museum & Navigation Society (SS Bigwin) and FedNor are pleased to announce the launch of a community-based planning strategy for Dorset’s waterfront and downtown area. urbanMetrics inc. and Dillon Consulting Limited have been retained to work with residents, businesses and other local stakeholders to create a vision for a dynamic, year-round waterfront and downtown experience.

The primary objective of this study is to establish a refined land use concept that considers the following overall objectives:

-to enhance pedestrian connections between public assets and attractions;
-to promote tourism, economic development and job creation;
-to ensure shoreline preservation;
-to improve public access and visitation from cottagers and tourists;
-to ensure that public and private assets are well-positioned to support enduring community-based partnerships; and
-to ensure the plan is financially sustainable for stakeholders, including taxpayers.

As we begin the process, we need your insight and ideas to help create a vision for our waterfront and most important community assets.


Your input and feedback will be an integral part of this study and there will be multiple opportunities for you to participate:

-Online survey public launch:
Survey responses will be collected from February 4, 2016 until February 29, 2016.

-Information booth at Snowball Winter Carnival – we encourage you to come speak with us to ask any questions and/or share your ideas and insights about the downtown and waterfront.
February 20, 2016 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Dorset Recreation Centre (1053 Main Street, Dorset)


-Meeting #1: Interactive Workshop – Everyone is Welcome!

  • Learn more about the results of our online survey; and
  • Provide additional insights that will help keep us on the right path toward success and sustainability
  • March 1st, 2016: Two Session Options,
    • Daytime: 2:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset, or
    • Evening: 6:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset
  • NOW AVAILABLE: Click here for a copy of the presentation and results from this workshop.

-Meeting #2: Draft Options Review – Everyone is Welcome!

  • Presentation by the project consultants to review and prioritize potential “Draft Options” for future consideration
  • March 22nd, 2016: Two Session Options,
    • Daytime: 2:00 PM, Dorset Recreation Centre, 1051 Main St, Dorset, or
    • Evening: 7:00 PM, Dorset Seniors Centre, 5025 Highway 117, Dorset
      **Please note the change in venue for the evening session**

For project updates, visit the Township of Lake of Bays website at: http://www.lakeofbays.on.ca/content/waterfront-study