Lakefield A Trent-Severn Trail Town

Welcome to Lakefield, a Trent-Severn Trail Town located along the 386 km Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron.  Boat, paddle, cycle, hike or drive along this renowned inland passageway through historic lock stations and into quaint  communities with unique offerings for every visitor.

Connecting our lakes and rivers to the Great Lakes and beyond, the Trent-Severn Waterway should be on every boater’s bucket list.

The Village of Lakefield is nestled on the shore of the Otonabee River, just south of Katchewanooka Lake. Pristine lakes, a gentler pace, and friendly locals have inspired people to visit for generations. Our region is alive with events, shops and eateries, offering something for everyone.

Lakefield Aerial

Village of Lakefield Aerial View Photo by Justen Soule & Courtesy of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development

Boaters tying up at the Lakefield Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway or the municipally run Lakefield Marina can walk to quaint shops, entertainment, and restaurants. Treat yourself to something special, pick up daily supplies or access services – all are easily found in Lakefield.

PKT - Townships Lakefield 1 (1)Diverse Activities

Immerse yourself in local culture at our festivals, events, and productions. Feast on home-grown cuisine. Nourish your soul with our dark night skies and silence.

The Lakefield Trail, covering 8.5 kilometers, offers a well-maintained walking trail along the scenic Otonabee River. Trees, gardens, and benches line the trail that winds through the village. Take in the sights, or enjoy an ice cream cone on the shore of the river.


Enjoy a leisurely stroll and explore historic downtown Lakefield. Visit Christ Church Community Museum, erected 1853, open daily during July and August. All of town’s historic buildings can be found on the Lakefield Historic Walking Guide.


Learn about Lakefield’s literary history, and visit local landmarks. The Village of Lakefield was once home to prominent authors in Canadian literature; Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, and Margaret Laurence.


Take in the scenery from a different point of view. Paddle a canoe or kayak along the Otonabee River – local rentals available – or enjoy a refreshing swim at the nearby beach. A provincially significant wetland with viewing tower can be found to the west of town at Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area.

The Lakefield Marina between Young’s Point Lock 27 and Lakefield Lock 26 offers many amenities, and a bike share program. A short walk from the marina, the Lakefield Farmers’ Market operates on Thursdays from mid-May to mid-October.


If you’re visiting in the winter months, area arenas schedule many timeslots for public ice-skating – some for free thanks to local business sponsors. Or try a unique opportunity to skate outdoors on a 400-metre-long speed skating oval.


Satisfy Your Craving

With fine dining, country cooking, pubs, and cafes, we offer culinary delights for any appetite! Whatever the craving, you’ll find what you seek right here.

Jay Nutt2Fill your basket at the local farmers’ market, or tuck in to a chef-prepared meal inspired by nearby ingredients. The bounty is rich and the choices are abundant.

“We’ve been to this restaurant several times, and it has been consistently excellent with a very cozy and intimate atmosphere. Piping hot food, perfectly prepared, and served with a smile.”  – Ray, Peterborough

Indulge in Local Shopping

Our charming village is the prefect locale to shop beyond the ‘box’. Genuinely friendly shopkeepers welcome you with a smile and assistance as needed.

Fashionistas will appreciate quality garments and artisan made accessories. Stylish home décor items abound or submit to your desire for that extraordinary work of art. Whether you are pursuing something special or daily supplies, local merchants are here to serve.

“Everything has a story in this shop. Stop in and you’ll find something original for your home or someone you love…even just a browse around is delightful.” – Hilary, Lakefield

Colourful quilt on bed, lamp and flowers beside bed.Relaxation at its Best

With most accommodations a short stroll from the water’s edge, surrender to tranquility after an exhilarating day of exploration.  Our region offers a fantastic range of accommodations to suit your style. Solo travelers, couples, and families choose from cozy inns, quaint B&Bs, campgrounds and cottage resorts.

Join the Fun

An exciting roster of events fills each season with plenty of choices. Take your pick and enjoy! Visit our events page to learn more!


Click below for information on boat launches, beaches, water bottle fill up stations, bait & tackle , and more!

For more information about our community contact:, 705-652-6963

The Trent-Severn Trail Town Program is an initiative of Kawarthas Northumberland in partnership with Parks Canada, Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough & the Kawarthas and Northumberland County.

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