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The Village of Lakefield, located on the shores of Katchewanooka Lake, was first used as a seasonal camping ground for the Anishinabe. A walking tour of historic sites will take you past the former residence of Col. Samuel Strickland (Reydon Manor), Catherine Parr Traill and Margaret Laurence and to the Christ Church Community Museum.

Our Victorian past is reflected in the architecture of many homes and public buildings. On the weekend closest to the anniversary of Margaret Laurence's birthday, Lakefield annually celebrates its literary heritage by honoring past resident authors Margaret Laurence, Catherine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Isabella Valency Crawford, and showcasing current Canadian authors. ,~
Once home to many canoe manufacturers including Thomas Gordon, The Brown Boat Co., The Strickland Canoe Co. and The Lakefield Canoe Co., our rich canoe heritage lives on in the works ofWalter Walker - master canoe builder.

Browse the many shops for antiques, collectibles, art, and contemporary giftware. Be inspired by the creative talent features at local artist's studios.

The future Speed Skating Oval will be on of only three long-track facilities in Canada, and is destined to become an important, world-class centre for the sport, its athletes and so much more.


Bring a tent or trailer and camp out under the stars at Hague Point. Paddle a canoe through our Class A wetland at the Imagine the Marsh interpretive area ... ,watch for blue heron, swans and osprey as well as turtles, beaver and muskrat.

Launch your boat near the Lakefield Marina and embark on a journey through the Trent-Severn Waterway linking you to Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay. Build a sand castle or go for a swim at the beach. Fish for largemouth, smallmouth and rock bass, walleye, perch, carp or muskellunge in Lake Katchewanooka.


Pause to reflect and refresh in one of our many parks. Walk, rollerblade, or pedal along the Millennium Trail, as it takes you through the Otonabee River, linking with Trent University, Peterborough and the Trans Canada Trail.

The annual Jazz and Art Festival at Isabel Morris Park features open-air jazz concerts in the pavilion and local artists in the park. From September thru May enjoy world class performances of music, dance and theatre, presented by Children's Stage Lakefield and Performing Arts Lakefield. Buskers perform along our main street during Victoria Days. Winterfest in February offers a variety of seasonal activities that will delight the whole family. Lakefield is home to the internationally renowned "Leahy" and was called home by the late Colleen Peterson.

Escape to one of our fine Bed and Breakfast accommodations and unwind. Bring family and friends to one of our many restaurants. Enjoy snowy walks in winter or cycle away a warm summer's day. Wrap yourself in the palette of fall colors and take in the Autumn Studio Tour.

Lakefield College School
Founded in 1879, Lakefield College School has grown from 20 students on a 15 acre site to 365 boys and girls on a campus of 155 acres on Lake Katchewanooka. The wooded campus, commonly known as "The Grove", combines the original school house and the renovated century homes with newer classrooms, residences and facilities. The natural splendor of this country setting continues to inspire an educational experience that is distinctly Canadian. The School's original philosophy of combing a rigorous academic curriculum with an enriching program of sports, arts and outdoor education is embodied in the school motto, means sane in corpore sano, a sound mind in a sound body.

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