This area is steeped in a rich heritage that blends Anishinaabe tradition, pioneering figures and present day creatives.

Curve Lake First Nation has one of the few First Nation owned and operated Cultural Centres in Ontario. The Centre is open year round and offers various collections and exhibits, educational and cultural sensitivity workshops and archiving. All are invited to their annual Pow Wow in September to honour their ancestors and uphold this sacred tradition.

Group of dancers and the curve lake pow wow

Experience the tranquility of Kinomaage-Waapkong (Petroglyphs Provincial Park) – Canada’s largest known concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings. The glyphs at this sacred teaching site depict turtles, snakes, birds, humans and more. Begin your visit at the Learning Place interpretive centre where you will be greeted by a member of Curve Lake First Nation. This day use park is open from May to October.

“Evocative and thought-provoking.” Trip Advisor

Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Traill, Margaret Laurence and Drew Hayden Taylor lived and wrote here for a time, creating a legacy of storytelling that has made its mark – most notably at the annual Lakefield Literary Festival.

The Canadian Canoe Museum and Lang Pioneer Village Museum are close by. Explore the canoe’s enduring significance through interactive, hands-on galleries, a scavenger hunt, model canoe building and puppet theatre. As a living history museum Lang entertains thousands of visitors each year with costumed interpreters and numerous special events.

Youth Interpreters at Lang Pioneer VillageCatch a theatrical or musical performance. Bryan Jones Theatre, home to Performing Arts Lakefield, has been described as, “the best performance space between Toronto and Ottawa.” In the spring and autumn, the Buckhorn Dinner Theatre brings comedy to life for a packed house throughout the run; and patrons line up in anticipation of a sought after ticket to the annual Ennismore Homestead Theatre production that sells out in a few hours.

Surrounded by natural beauty, dozens of local artists find inspiration. Join us for annual studio tours or view the work of some of Canada’s leading and emerging artists in our retail galleries. The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival, has been voted one of the top 100 Festivals in Ontario for many years running.

Something for everyone.

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