Kawartha Lakes is a city in Canada located in the province of Ontario. It has a population of over 73,000 people.
The city stretches over an area of 3,083 square kilometers.
The city’s name comes from a group of lakes of the same name.
The city is very much a rural area and it is quite close and to the north of Lake Ontario.
With Kawartha Lakes being largely rural, it is expected that there would be some great parks and trails to enjoy in the area.
Kawartha Lakes has over 600 kilometers worth of trails.
All kinds of activities are available to participate in along the trails such as ATVing and horseback riding to name a few.
The parks in the area allow visitors to enjoy the activities and sports or even just relaxing with friends and family.
Land: 3,083.06 km2
Kawartha Lakes has plenty of opportunity to experience the arts as well. The Lindsay Gallery is a public art gallery in city. There are exhibits to view as well as art classes offered here. Globus Theatre & Lakeview Arts Barn puts on live performances of all types for visitors to enjoy. The theatre has been thriving and providing entertainment in Kawartha Lakes since 2003. Kawartha Concerts & Encore Children’s Productions has a focus on music in the city. This organization brings in many artists from around Canada and the world for Kawartha Lakes to enjoy. Kawartha Lakes also puts on many events throughout the year from 10k and 5k runs to beer festivals. Passport to Nature is an interesting event that takes place at the Couchiching Conservancy. The event takes participants through the trails to see wildlife and nature at its finest, as well as gives educational information on the surroundings. The Kawartha Lakes Festival of Trees is another event that takes place in the winter. There are dinners, shops and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. The Kawartha Settler’s Village is beautifully decorated for the event.
Kawartha Lakes has a number of amazing neighbourhoods, in the two main areas:
North Kawartha Lakes consists of the neighbourhoods of Fenelon Falls, Dalrymple, Head Lake and Rosedale. Fenelon Falls is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas”. Fenelon Falls has a beautiful landscape and it is filled with trails and beaches. Dalrymple is a neighbourhood that is known for Lake Dalrymple. The neighbourhood has a campground and a beach. Head Lake has two lakes in the area: Rush Lake and Head Lake. There is a trailer park here as well. Rosedale is located between Balsam Lake and Cameron Lake. There are resorts and parks here, as well as a car dealership.
South Kawartha Lakes consists of the neighbourhoods of Bobcaygeon, Omemee and Lindsay. Bobcaygeon is and interesting area in the city. The Downtown area of Bobcaygeon is on an island, which makes it very unique. There is shopping and restaurants in this area. There are many attractions here including lodges, resorts and the Lakeview Arts Barn. There is a farmers’ market and a museum here as well. Omemee is near Emily Provincial Park. It also has resorts and places to rent boats. In this area there are different amenities. The Trans Canada Highway also runs through the neighbourhood. Lindsay has many restaurants. There is also a drive-in theatre, a museum and a rock-climbing centre. It is also home the Ross Memorial Hospital and Fleming College. There are country clubs, trails and parks scattered throughout the neighbourhood and Jennings Creek flows through the North end of the neighbourhood. Lindsay has something for everyone.
Fenelon Falls has apartments, condominiums, single-family homes and vacant land. The homes here are affordable. The homes in the area are generally older as well.
Dalrymple has single-family homes and vacant land. Some homes are along the waterfront of Lake Dalrymple. Homes are affordable, but depending on the property the price can be more expensive. The houses in the area are older.
In Head Lake there are cottages, detached and single-family homes. The houses are somewhat affordable. Some properties are on the waterfront of Head Lake. Many of the properties have amazing views and plenty of space.
Bobcaygeon has multi-family, single-family and detached homes. Properties in this neighbourhood vary in price with some smaller homes being very affordable and the larger homes near the Bobcaygeon River being higher priced. There is a mix of newer and older homes in the neighbourhood as well.
In Lindsay there are single-family and detached homes as well as vacant land. The properties here for the most part have a higher price, but some properties on the outskirts are affordable. The homes vary in size and age.
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The following table, based on data taken from the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA’s) National MLS® Report for April 2016 (the latest information available), demonstrates how homes in LSTAR’s jurisdiction continue to maintain their affordability compared to other major Ontario and Canadian centers.
There are two school boards in Kawartha Lakes: Trillium Lakelands District School Board and Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board. These boards not only serve Kawartha Lakes but also some of the surrounding areas as well. In total there are 25 elementary schools and four high schools. French Immersion is offered at both boards. Trillium Lakelands District school board also offers and outdoor education centre for students to experience the outdoors. Fleming College is the only post-secondary option in the city. It specializes in environment and natural resources. Areas near the city like Oshawa and Peterborough offer other post-secondary options.
Some of the main sectors in Kawartha Lakes are agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. The agricultural sector employs 12,400 people. There is over 131,000 acres used to farm in the city. The agricultural sector is supported by companies that provide all of the supplies that they need. The manufacturing sector employs 4,500 people. It exports grass and agricultural seeds, food packing and more. The tourism sector employs many of the residents in Kawartha Lakes and brings in $111 million. Kawartha Lakes location in the Greater Toronto Area gives the city an advantage. It is close to many major areas in Canada such as Toronto and Peterborough. There are highways and airways that connect the city to other areas both in Canada and the United States. The Trent-Severn Waterway runs through Kawartha Lakes as well.