Living in the City of Kawartha Lakes

Living Here

The City of Kawartha Lakes is located 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. Encompassing 17 towns and townships, and over 250 lakes and rivers, the City of Kawartha Lakes is a well-established tourist area with a myriad of year-round recreational activities, (Tourism – City of Kawartha Lakes). Some towns that you may recognize are Lindsay, Bobcaygeon, and Fenelon Falls – our city boasts both small town charm and cottage country beauty. The word Kawartha is an Anglicization of the word ka-wa-tha (from ka-wa-toe-gum-maug or gaa-waategamaag), a word coined in 1895 by Martha Whetung of the Curve Lake First Nation, meaning “land of reflections” in the Anishinaabe language. The word was subsequently changed by tourism promoters to Kawartha, with the meaning “bright waters and happy lands”.


The City of Kawartha Lakes offers public, Catholic, and private education. The city is also home to the Frost Campus of Sir Sandford Fleming College

The Trillium Lakelands District School Board offers French Immersion in both the elementary and secondary system, along with an International Baccalaureate program. There are elementary schools in many of the villages located in the City of Kawartha Lakes. Secondary schools are located in Fenelon Falls (1) and Lindsay (2).

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board has 4 elementary and 1 secondary school in the City of Kawartha Lakes. French Immersion is offered in 1 elementary school.

Arts & Recreation

The City of Kawartha Lakes (CKL) offers a myriad of cultural and recreational activities for citizens and visitors alike.  There are over 250 lakes and rivers in the area with many linked by the Trent-Severn Waterway.  Along with year-round recreational activities (such as skiing both water and snow, hiking, biking, hockey, curling), CKL has many outstanding cultural activities including those hosted by the Academy Theatre, Lindsay Exhibition, Kawartha Settlers’ Village, and Globus Theatre/Lakeview Arts Barn.  CKL has a strong agricultural sector with corresponding Farmers’ Markets and driveway stands for the purchase of locally grown/produced items.  For current listings of many activities check-in with the City of Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce, Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce, Fenelon Falls & District Chamber of Commerce, and Coboconk Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce.

Visit Us

Site visits are an ideal way to learn more about our community – whether you are thinking of practising or learning here.

Contact us to arrange a visit to see:

  • The community – both medical and residential
  • Ross Memorial Hospital and health care facilities
  • Recreational and tourist attractions
  • Local education and real estate


Additionally, KLHCI hosts Family Medicine Resident Weekends twice per year. If you are a family medicine resident and would like to attend one of our weekends – always with a fun event included – contact us to be added to our invitation list.

News Releases

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