Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Tour

Kirkfield Lift Lock

The Link, Summer 2017
| by T. K. Rouse |

New for 2017, the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail is a user-friendly, virtual exploration guide to the area. The initiative was created by the City of Kawartha Lakes and the Province of Ontario to increase tourism while highlighting the area’s artistic and cultural diversity. This new tool allows you to create your own custom tours of historic sites, museums, walking trails, galleries, studios, craft shops, fairs, markets and local businesses.

In many cases, sites on the trail are linked to maps with their own websites, allowing the visitor to check on availability, hours of operation or even to book tickets in advance. All very efficient and so easy for planning!

Doube’s Trestle Bridge

“…highlighting the area’s artistic and cultural diversity.”

On the road, stops along the trail are marked with official Arts and Heritage Trail location signs. Explore the entire region or focus on just a town or two. The trail will continue to grow as sites and events are added. In the summer, the trail will launch an Audio Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Lindsay where the audio stories will be accessible on smart phones.

On August 12, the downtown Lindsay Arts Festival will take place. September 9 and 10, a Doors Open event for Canada 150 will showcase a century-and-a-half of cultural and religious diversity in the Kawartha Lakes. Up to 15 properties will be open to the public, including Indigenous Canadian traditions at the Pigeon Lake and Rice Lake beds, a history of Chinese Canadians in the Lindsay area, an Amish farm, a Mennonite farm, Catholic history and traditional music at St. Luke’s Catholic Church in Downeyville.

Academy Theatre

Another great stop on the trail is the Kawartha Settlers Village in Bobcaygeon. This village was lovingly established on a former farm by volunteers in 1990, “…a place where people come to experience culture, arts and heritage and to promote the artistic interest and history of the Kawartha region.” Over 20 historic buildings and homes display life between 1830 and 1930. The village is open from May to the end of September between 10 am and 4 pm daily. More information is available at www.settlersvillage.org

For action and adventure, the area has many options: boating, biking, rock climbing and golf to name a few. The trail will point you in the right direction to the activity of your choice.

Settlers Village

If you are looking for a place to stay or places to have a meal or get a quick bite to eat, the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail website gives you a list of options by location with contact information and website links.

Try the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail for planning your trip to the region and getting around while you are visiting – whether you are there for the day or a much longer stay.

To customize your own trail, start with a visit to www.explorekawarthalakes.com/artscultureheritage