For the second year, advanced tickets will be required to visit the Dorset Tower during fall colour weekends (including Thanksgiving Monday) from Sept. 23 to Oct 15. On weekdays (excluding Thanksgiving Monday) tickets will be sold on a first-come/first-served basis and can be purchased at the gate on arrival.
“The Tower is one of the premier destinations to view fall colours in the province,” says Chris Card, Algonquin Highlands Manager of Parks, Recreation and Trails. “It is growing in popularity in attendance each year. Recent years have seen a drastic increase in attendance, and it has become common for visitors to wait up to two hours to enter the site and another hour to get onto the tower structure. This has created traffic congestion on Highway 35 north and south of the village of Dorset.”
In order for visitors to have the most enjoyable experience, the Township has implemented an advanced ticket system. It allows visitors to choose the time they arrive in advance. The implementation of the system has proven to reduce wait times and traffic congestion during a time of year when thousands of people visit the Tower. Advanced tickets will only be available and required on weekends and the Thanksgiving holiday Monday, which are the most popular days. Season pass holders will also be able to book their chosen time for no additional fee using the online system.
Weekdays will continue to operate on a first come/first served basis, with entrance passes available at the gate. Visitors can purchase tickets online at ahtrails.ca starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. Although ticket holders must arrive during their chosen timeframe, there will be no limit as to how long they can stay.
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