Explore Lakefield

One of the prettiest towns in the area also has a great downtown for shopping and exploring for treats and many basics.

Famous for its international private school once attended by Prince Andrew, Lakefield is a favourite retreat for retirees who begin their cottage days here then come back for more. The town has an artist’s heart, serving as home for its annual literary festival in July (although not this year), plus one of Canada’s first authors Catharine Parr Traill, renowned late Canadian author Margaret Laurence and the fiddling and dancing sensation Leahy.

In Lakefield, you find a beautiful boardwalk along the Otonabee River, taking you into natural areas with birdsong and stunning plumage. You can also hike or bike along Millennial Trail for miles, thanks to its connections to the Trans Canada Trail via the Peterborough County Rotary Trail.

If you arrive by boat, via Lock 26 of the Trent-Severn Waterway, enjoy a lovely 10-minute walk to the heart of the town. There, you will find art, eclectic gifts and clothing, in addition to books and delicious meals. Take some time to admire the 1800s architecture of its numerous charming homes and churches. 

Cenotaph Park is an ideal place to rest in the shade while admiring Memorial Hall’s flower beds and enjoying ice cream from across the street. For more fabulous vistas, you will also want to visit Isobel Morris Park’s two acres next to the arena. Its pavilion, playground and skate park all offer stunning views of the Otonabee River. 

Lakefield Beach is also a popular destination to cool off, sitting on Hague Point. It is also close to the arena complex, which also sports a tennis court.

Treats & Eats

  • Kawartha Butter Tart Factory
  • Jack’s Family Restaurant
  • Lakefield Restaurant
  • The Nutty Bean Cafe
  • Food Haven Restaurant 
  • Chinese & Canadian Food
  • Pizza Hut
  • Canoe & Paddle
  • Selwyn Corner Restaurant
  • Angle Iron Kitchen
  • Free Topping Pizza
  • Hobart’s Lighthouse
  • Subway

Things to do

  • Overstock Liquidation 
  • The Art Shop
  • Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area
  • McLean Berry Farm
  • Buckhorn Berry Farm
  • Trent-Severn Waterway, Lock 26 – Lakefield
  • Lakefield Farmers’ Market

Where to Stay

  • Village Inn
  • Beachwood Resort
  • The Burleigh Falls Inn
  • Old Bridge Inn
  • Lake Edge Cottages
  • Forest Hill Lodge
  • Birch Bend Cottage Resort
  • Katchawanooka Resort
  • Redwing Cottages
  • Islandview Cottages
  • Pine Vista Resort