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COVID-19 Affected Services & Closures

COVID-19 Affected Services & Closures in the Kawartha Chamber’s Primary Service Area

Updated: 3:10 pm, August 27th, 2020

We have compiled a list of local businesses and organizations – who is open, closed or offering limited services and what this means – for the Kawartha Chamber’s local service area. We will be adding and updating as information becomes available. To help us keep this current please email changes to  and for those not already on the list, but would like to be, please send us info.

Please find updated list here. ←


25 Years Of Literary History Celebrated In Lakefield

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The Lakefield Literary Festival will be celebrating its 25th year in July on the 12th through to the 14th.

This event has been a huge inspiration for young authors and literary enthusiast, not only in the area but nation wide, for years.

Originally started in 1995 as a celebration of the late Canadian author, Margaret Laurence, the event has grown exponentially through the years.

With hosts throughout the village of Lakefield, the festival runs for an entire weekend. It brings in authors and literary icons to hosts talks, banquets, contests, readings and more.

This festival, drawing on the rich literary history of Lakefield, encourages participants to expose their work and receive advice from seasoned professions. It highlights the main areas where many Canadian authors drew inspiration. There will be talks set up with current authors to give advice and talk about their experience as writers.

This teaming together of the past and present illuminates the strong community talent that is sometimes overlooked by the small size of our community.

The village has a unique combination of being in the middle of picturesque cottage county as well as being a small farming community. This makes the quiet little town a place where many famous literary authors such as Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill and many others come to escape the noise and commotion of everyday life and write about their time here.

There is inspiration around every corner.  This is highlighted through the Literary Festival, bringing writers into town and meeting with aspiring authors in the area.

A large draw for this festival is the Young Writers Contest that encourages and inspires youth to explore their literary passions.

The Young Writers Contest is open for high school students of all ages. They can submit their work in the categories of:

    • Prose Fiction:

    • Creative prose that could include a personal reflection, science-fiction, mystery, realistic narrative, or historical fiction.
    • Prose non-fiction:

    • A persuasive argument that could include a speech, editorial, rant, opinion piece, or personal essay.
    • Poetry:

    • Any form of poetry.

This is a great opportunity for young writers to get involved with the literary community and step outside their comfort zone.

Prizes include $200, tickets to the event where they will meet with national authors, and publishing their piece in the festivals e-book.

A list of full contest rules can be found on their website.

Ticket sales are still open for day passes to the event. There will also be free events happening throughout the festival including: children’s events, historic walks, and an authors tent.

For more information head over to their website at

What’s Happening in the Kawarthas this May Long Weekend

Kawarthas May Long Weekend

The arrival of the May Long Weekend is a sure sign that summer is on its way, and we couldn’t be more excited. To help you kick off the start of summer in the Kawarthas, we’ve compiled a list of some events happening in the area this upcoming long weekend (Friday, May 17 to Monday, May 20th)!


Summer Fun and Fantastic Deals at the Lakefield Sidewalk Sale!

Sidewalk Sale

Lakefield’s annual Sidewalk Sale is fast approaching!

The sale will take place Saturday, August 11th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm on Queen street between Bridge and Reid Streets!

Come out for a unique shopping experience that will feature the best of Lakefield’s unique local shops with exclusive deals on; clothing, home decor, spa services, adventure gear and much more!

During the Sidewalk Sale there will also be many special events taking place such as:

  • Live Music on the street all day!
  • A BBQ hosted by IDA Pharmacy supporting Selwyn Township Fire Fighters, who will have their trucks parked on the street for kids to see and take photos with!
  • A Dunk tank presented by Salon Sorella
  • Raffle ticket sales from the Lakefield Lions, St. Pauls Parish and St. Joseph’s Catholic Women’s league
  • Fitness Circuit set up by Your Body You
  • & exclusive deals from many retail participants!

Be sure to stop by the Kawartha Chamber booth day-of for fun games, a fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity and all your local info needs!