Cottage and Country Living
The name "Kawartha" comes from the area's First Nation Peoples, in whose language it means "land of shining waters". The moment you see the sun dancing off the gentle ripples of the water, you'll see for yourself.
Historically known as Cottage Country, Kawartha Lakes continues to be home to thousands of seasonal residents who spend their summers at their waterfront cottages, proud to have a piece of Kawartha Lakes, which they fondly hold in their hearts. Located just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, Kawartha Lakes and its many charming communities are nestled amongst beautiful lakes, winding rivers, scenic farmland and pristine wilderness. With over 250 lakes and rivers throughout vast stretches of panoramic beauty, Kawartha Lakes offer local residents, seasonal residents and visitors alike an authentic sense of cottage and country living year round.
Six Trent-Severn Waterway lock stations from Bobcaygeon to Bolsover showcase some of the highlights of Kawartha Lakes whether you travel by boat, car or on foot. Quaint and rural, these communities cater to your every need and want, for your cottage and country experience. For your leisure enjoyment, take in live theatre at the historic Academy Theatre for Performing Arts or the Lakeview Arts Barn near Bobcaygeon and music in the parks along the way. Discover rich heritage and history touring museums and historic sites.
Regardless of how long you stay or your reason for being here, there's plenty to see and do in our natural four seasons outdoor playground. Escape to the great outdoors in Kawartha Lakes! The more you experience what Kawartha Lakes has to offer, the longer you'll want to stay
and the sooner you'll be back!