Lindsay, Ontario

Lindsay (2001 population 16,930) is a community on the Scugog River in the Kawartha Lakes region of southern Ontario, Canada, 43 kilometres (27 mi) west of Peterborough. It is the seat of the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County), and the hub for business and commerce in the region.

Lindsay Transit provides bus service to the community.


The Township of Ops was surveyed in 1825 by Colonel Duncan McDonell and Lots 20 and 21 in the 5th Concession were reserved for a town site. The same year settlers began to come to the region and by 1827, the Purdy's, an American family, built a dam on the Scugog River at the site of present-day Lindsay. The following year they built a sawmill and in 1830, a grist mill was constructed.

A small village grew up around the mills and it was known as Purdy's Mills. In 1834, surveyor John Huston plotted the designated town site into streets and lots. During the survey, one of Huston's assistants, Mr. Lindsay, was accidentally shot in the leg and died of an infection. He was buried on the river bank and his name and death were recorded on the surveyor's plan. The name Lindsay remained as the name of the town by government approval. Lindsay grew steadily and developed into a lumbering and farming centre.

With the arrival of the Port Hope Railway in 1857, the town saw a period of rapid development and industrial growth. On June 19 of the same year, Lindsay was formally incorporated as a town. In 1861, a fire swept through the town and most of Lindsay was destroyed with hundreds of people left homeless. It took many years for Lindsay to recover from this disaster. In the late 1800s, local photographers Fowler & Oliver worked out of the Sunbeam Photo Gallery. It was also the home to Sir Samuel Hughes, the Canadian Minister of Militia during the First World War. The Victoria Street Armouries were built during this time.

In 2001 Lindsay's town government was officially dissolved and merged, with Victoria County into the new City of Kawartha Lakes. Some local groups have attempted, thus far unsuccessfully, to de-amalgamate the City and restore Victoria County to its previous status since that time.




CKLY-FM plays hits from the 80s, 90s and 'whatever' at 91.9 Using the BOB-FM format. It was formerly known as 910 CKLY on AM.

Peterborough's CBC affiliate CHEX-TV covers the City of Kawartha Lakes daily with its Newswatch news programs. The municipality also draws intermittent news coverage from CTV Toronto and A-Channel Barrie.



Lindsay is in a humid continental climate zone with warm, humid summers and cold winters.

The coldest temperature on average that Lindsay experiences in the winter is -31.4 °C (−24.5 °F). On occasion the first snowfall occurs earlier than November though the snow usually melts within a short period of time. Temperatures start to increase again in late February. The warm and hot temperatures last from late June to mid September.



High schools

Elementary schools

  • Pope John Paul The Second Catholic Elementary School (PJP II)
  • St. Mary's Elementary (Catholic)
  • St. Dominic's Elementary (Catholic)
  • Parkview Public school
  • Queen Alexandria Public School
  • [Central Senior School]
  • Jack Callaghan Public School
  • King Albert Public School
  • Leslie Frost Public School
  • Parkview Public School
  • Queen Victoria Public School
  • Heritage Christian School (Private)


Ross Memorial Hospital

Ross Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Lindsay. It was founded on November 20, 1902 by James Ross, who died on September 20, 1913. On April 14, 2005 the hospital finished its first major renovation. A new dialysis unit is currently under construction.

Facts and figures

  • Lindsay is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, a canal system that connects central Ontario with both Lake Ontario and Lake Huron.
  • Through direction from the Hockey Hall Of Fame the history of the world's oldest stick was traced through the Lindsay Public Archives to verify the stick was carved between 1852 and 1856 by Alexander Rutherford Sr. of Fenelon Township near Lindsay. This stick sold for $2.2 million dollars at an auction.
  • Scenes from the movies "A Cool Dry Place" (1998), "Meatballs" (1979) and "A Christmas Story" (1983) were filmed in Lindsay.
  • Lindsay celebrated its 150th Anniversary on June 10, 2007, with festivities at Victoria Park and the Armoury, in the heart of town.
  • To commemorate the 150th Anniversary, a monument was carved in front of the old town hall on Kent Street, by chainsaw carver Gerald Guenkel, of Omemee. It shows the importance of locomotives to Lindsay’s history.
  • In 2001, Lindsay played host to an episode of the OLN Reality Series "Drifters: The Water Wars" as they passed through the Trent-Severn Waterway.


Lindsay has a 150th anniversary song, entitled A Song For Lindsay. It was written and performed by recording studio owner Bob May, and local high-school student/vocalist Bethany Rees.

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