Education & Training

The area’s qualified professionals deliver a plentiful variety of education and training options.

Private schools enable students to become leaders. Youth are challenged to reach their individual potential through academic and extracurricular pursuits.LCS paddling

Outdoor and environmental education programs and special skill camps provide year round training opportunities for children, youth and adults. The Kawartha area is an ideal location for ‘out of the box’ corporate team building.

Employment services are available to help job seekers to succeed in their job search; and to provide employers with the tools and services to enhance staff performance and fill employment gaps. Some service providers have access to grants or financial assistance for employers who hire eligible employees.

Local Government

Building & Planning, Public Works, Parks & Recreation, Library Services, Emergency Services, By-Laws & Polices, Pet Licensing & Animal Control, and Waste Management are managed and monitored by local government. The Kawartha Chamber serves members in the following Municipalities & First Nation Community:

Curve Lake First Nation

Rich in historical culture, Curve Lake First Nation consists of a mainland peninsula and the large Fox Island on Buckhorn and Chemong Lakes. They co-own some smaller islands throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway making their total land base approximately 900 hectares. Curve Lake First Nation delivers programs and services to its citizens, businesses and visitors, while being dedicated to the richness of the Anishnaabe culture. The total registered membership of the First Nation is over 2100. Through hard work and determination, it was their ancestors who shaped and made the First Nation the great place it is today. The Curve Lake community is proud to have had the very first Anishnaabe Kwe O’gimaa (Native Woman Chief) in Canada – Elsie Knott (1954).

Township of Douro-Dummer

Bordering four beautiful lakes – Clear, Katchewanooka, Stoney and White – Douro-Dummer has several quaint villages, rolling drumlins and acres of viable farmland. The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area & Campground, one of the Kawartha’s leading tourist attractions, is located in the municipality as well as some very successful resorts. The population is just under 7,000. Communities include Douro, Warsaw, Donwood, McCracken’s Landing, Crowe’s Landing, Young’s Point, Cottesloe, and Centre Dummer. The relaxing atmosphere of its lakes, villages, and farmlands provide a diverse setting for current and future businesses in Douro-Dummer. There is some municipal land that is pre-designated and pre-zoned for commercial development along the major transportation corridors.

Township of North Kawartha

Located between the City of Peterborough and the Town of Bancroft the municipality is mainly comprised of forests, lakes, creeks and rivers which provide for an abundance of wildlife, scenic views and recreational activities. About 2300 year round residents balloons to over 14,000 when seasonal residents arrive for the cottage season. Two Provincial Parks located within the Township’s boundaries make it the ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts and those seeking tranquility. Petroglyphs Provincial Park protects Canada’s largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings. The fragile ecosystem of Kawartha Highlands Signature Site is preserved in the largest Provincial Park south of Algonquin. North Kawartha has smaller urbanized areas including Apsley, and the Hamlets of Big Cedar, Burleigh Falls, Glen Alda, Mount Julian, Stoneyridge and Woodview. New residents to the Township receive a welcome package.

Township of Selwyn

Centrally located in the County of Peterborough, Selwyn Township is only minutes from the City of Peterborough’s core. It is the most populated municipality in the County with almost 17,500 residents. There is a mix of agriculture, retail, commercial, industrial, recreational and tourism businesses providing a diverse base for future development. This broad base provides a very stable economy. Bordered almost entirely by lakes it includes the communities of Lakefield, Bridgenorth, Ennismore, Young’s Point and the southern portion of Buckhorn. Bridgenorth has lands suitable for a variety of commercial development and Lakefield has some serviced development lands available. Low investment costs are enticing.Causeway crossing Chemong Lake between the communities of Bridgenorth & Ennismore

Municipality of Trent Lakes

Located in north-western Peterborough County, the municipality has a strong cottage and tourism industry and much of the economy is dependent upon this commerce. It is home to one of the busiest locks on the Trent-Severn Waterway. While there are 5100 permanent residents, this figure increases significantly when seasonal residents are included. The area provides a peaceful and quiet experience, yet is close enough to enjoy the amenities of larger centres. Trent Lakes communities include Buckhorn, Burleigh Falls, Catchacoma, Kinmount, Lakehurst and Nogies Creek. The northern lakes provide access to the Kawartha Highlands Signature Site – the largest Provincial Park south of Algonquin. Trent Lakes is largely untapped for future economic and entrepreneurial development.

County of Peterborough

This upper-tier municipality represents eight local municipalities and serves a population of approximately 58,000 residents plus a large seasonal population distributed over an area of 4,000 square kilometres. The County provides a host of services including: Planning, Public Works, County/City Paramedics, Active Transportation Master Plan and Waste Management. It is a diverse area located in the heart of the Kawarthas, recognized for superior quality of life. Vast scenic lakes, rolling hills of farmland, and bustling towns and villages, the County also welcomes a large tourist population with open arms. A quick northeast drive from the Greater Toronto area, Peterborough County affords easy access to major cities right across the northern shore of Lake Ontario – as well as to Ottawa. In the County you can have it all. The peace and tranquility of nature, close-knit community life, and access to small, medium, and large urban centers.

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