Apsley, Bridgenorth, Buckhorn, Curve Lake, Ennismore, Lakefield, Warsaw and Young’s Point are some of the many quaint villages and hamlets that dot the northern area of the Kawarthas and the County of Peterborough. Each has their own distinctive character.
APSLEY & AREA
Being the northeastern gateway to the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park – the largest park in Ontario south of Algonquin – Apsley is also a very popular family cottage location. The population more than quadruples in the summer months. Despite being a very small settlement area, this community has much to offer – NHL sized ice surface, full service grocery store, restaurants, retail, medical facilities, elementary school and veterinary services. There is also a very robust building and construction industry. Chandos Beach to the north and Quarry Bay Beach to the south offer swim rafts, change rooms and swimming lessons. With many families having lived in the area for generations there is a strong sense of community. Apsley and area is in the Township of North Kawartha.
The Hamlet of Bridgenorth is a small residential community situated on the shores of Chemong Lake amid a largely rural landscape. Bridgenorth offers a centralized destination for shopping and services, and meets the daily needs of residents and tourists. Local favourites include a two-level women’s clothing boutique and a restaurant that has been run by the same family for over 50 years. Jones Beach is ideal for families and small children. Bridgenorth is located in the Township of Selwyn.
One of the busiest locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway is in the heart of Buckhorn. Anglers are drawn to the area for superior fishing year round. Several cottage resorts have welcomed the same families for generations. The Community Centre has an immensely active volunteer base assisting with over a dozen festivals and events each year. With their Buckhorn Fine Art Festival being named one of the top 100 festivals in Ontario, it’s not surprising that thousands flock to this event each August. A local winery can be found just minutes north. Just to the west is Sandy Lake and a popular public beach. Buckhorn is located in both the Township of Selwyn and the Municipality of Trent Lakes.
CURVE LAKE FIRST NATION
The First Nation territory consists of a mainland peninsula and large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lakes. Curve Lake First Nation people are the Mississaugas of the great Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe) nation. The first woman chief in Canada – Elsie Knott (1954); world renowned artisans Norman Knott, Alice Williams and David Johnson and playwright, author and journalist Drew Hayden Taylor have all called Curve Lake home. The Whetung Ojibwa Centre attracts visitors from around the world. All are invited to attend the annual Pow Wow in September.
The Hamlet of Ennismore is historically picturesque with the post office, general store, and community church centrally located as in the days of old. Ennismore is centered in a mainly rural area, and provides a focal point for community recreational and social events including hard and softball diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis and basketball courts, ice and curling rinks and reception facilities. Chemong Lake, Buckhorn Lake and Pigeon Lake border the Ennismore ward. The Ennismore Waterfront Park and Beach covers 50 acres on Chemong Lake. With a beach, large picnic area, pavilion and the Heritage Trail, it is a satisfying recreation area for all ages. Ennismore is in the Township of Selwyn.
The picturesque Village of Lakefield, a short drive from numerous cottage resorts, is located on the Otonabee River. Boaters tying up at the Lakefield Lock on the Trent Severn Waterway or the municipally run Lakefield Marina can walk to the quaint shopping district, entertainment, and restaurants. Treat yourself to something special, pick up daily supplies or access services – all are easily found in Lakefield. From mid-May to mid-October the Farmers’ Market operates next to the arena. A provincially significant wetland with viewing tower can be found to the west of town as well as the Lakefield Beach. The Jane Furber Clinic accepts urgent care patients who are visitors or cottagers and locals who are without a family doctor. Lakefield is located in the Township of Selwyn.
The Indian River, a popular canoe route, runs through this small rural community that is surrounded by farmland. It is only minutes from the award-winning Warsaw Caves Conservation Area & Campground that welcomes thousands of visitors each year for spelunking. Being a stone’s throw from Stoney and Clear Lakes; many popular cottage resorts and restaurants are nearby. Close by, the 151 acre Douro Park offers sports fields, playgrounds, picnic tables and two beaches. Warsaw is located in the Township of Douro-Dummer.
With Clear Lake to the north and Lake Katchewanooka to the South, this tiny hamlet is home to Lock 27 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. Young’s Point is a busy place – the largest country store in the Kawarthas is located here and it welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year. One of the area’s finest kitchens, a 24-hour fitness centre, a general store with bakery and nearby cottage resorts round out this key destination. The Young’s Point settlement area is located in both the Township of Selwyn and the Township of Douro-Dummer.