Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes

Kawartha Lakes, group of 14 lakes, in a region c.50 mi (80 km) long and c.25 mi (40 km) wide, S Ont., Canada, near the towns of Lindsay and Peterborough. Balsam is the largest lake. They are popular as summer resorts. Many of the lakes form part of the Trent Canal system.

The City of Kawartha Lakes (2006 population 74,561) is a city in east-central Ontario, Canada. Although designated as a "city", it is a largely rural area. The municipality is named for the Kawartha lakes ("Kawartha," shortened from Gaa-waategamaag, means "shining waters" in the Ojibwe language).

The main population centres are:


The municipality was created in 2000 by the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario through the amalgamation of the constituent municipalities of the former County of Victoria, and officially came into effect on January 1, 2001.

In a close vote (51% for, 49% against), the citizens of Kawartha Lakes voted to de-amalgamate in a November 2003 local plebiscite, but the provincial and municipal governments have not taken any steps since the vote to initiate de-amalgamation.


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Census Division rankings

National rank in terms of population (2006): 69
Provincial rank in terms of population (2001): 36



The following King's Highways pass through the city:


Protected areas

  • Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park
  • Balsam Lake Provincial Park
  • Indian Point Provincial Park
  • Emily Provincial Park
  • Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area
  • Fleetwood Creek Conservation Area
  • Windy Ridge Conservation Area
  • Ken Reid Conservation Area

Surrounding counties


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