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City of Kawartha Lakes


Motto: Catch the Kawartha Spirit.
Kawartha Lake's location within Ontario.
Coordinates: 44°21′N 78°45′W / 44.35°N 78.75°W / 44.35; -78.75
Country Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Province Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario
Amalgamated January 1, 2001.
 - Mayor Ric McGee
 - Council City of Kawartha Lakes Council
 - MP Barry Devolin (CPC)
 - MPP Rick Johnson (OLP)
Area Statistics Canada
 - Total 3,059.47 km2 (1,181.3 sq mi)
Population (2006)Statistics Canada
 - Total 74,561
 - Density 24.4/km2 (63.2/sq mi)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Postal Code beginning with K and L
Area code(s) 705
Website City of Kawartha Lakes' Official Site

The city of Kawartha Lakes is a single-tier municipality in east-central Ontario, Canada. Although designated as a city, at a population density of 24.4 per square kilometer it is a largely rural area. The municipality is named after the Kawartha lakes, which themselves are from the anglicized kawatha, shortened from the Ojibwe gaa-waategamaag, meaning "shining waters". The 'r' was eventually added for pronunciation reasons.

The main population centres are:



The municipality was created in 2000 by the Progressive Conservative government of Ontario through the amalgamation of the constituent municipalities of the former Victoria County. This act was made by Ontario commissioner Kitchen, responding to a 2 - 3 vote by the Township of Emily to call the commissioner in to assist with the mismanagement of their landfill site. Despite a general opposition from residents of the area, the government [1][2] pushed forward with the amalgamation, which officially came into effect on January 1, 2001.[3]

In a close vote (51% for, 49% against), the citizens of Kawartha Lakes voted to de-amalgamate in a November 2003 local plebiscite, but the provincial and municipal governments have not taken any steps since the vote to initiate de-amalgamation.[2]


According to the Canada 2006 Census:[4]

Population: 74,561 (7.8% from 2001)
Land area: 3,059.47 km2 (1,181.27 sq mi)
Population density: 24.4 inhabitants per square kilometre (63 /sq mi)
Median age: N/A (males: N/A, females: N/A)
Total private dwellings: 37,986
Dwellings occupied by permanent residents: 29,509
Median household income: $N/A
N/A = Data Not Available

Census Division rankings

National rank in terms of population (2006): 69
Provincial rank in terms of population (2001): 36


The following is a list of all the incorporated villages, unincorporated hamlets and communities, and existing or abandoned rural post offices left desolate by the start of rural mail delivery.

Victoria County

Prior to 2001, Victoria County consisted of 13 separate townships and 6 incoporated villages with their own local governments:[5]


Population centers are listed

The township of Laxton, Digby and Longford is an amalgamation of the once individual townships of Digby and Laxton, and half of the original Longford Township. The separate township of Longford is uninhabited, though dotted with abandoned logging towns. In 2000, just prior to amalgamation, the township of Verulam and the village of Bobcaygeon amalgamated into the Municipality of Bobcaygeon/Verulam.[6]

Incorporated Communities

  • Town of Lindsay
  • Village of Bobcaygeon
  • Village of Fenelon Falls
  • Village of Omemee
  • Village of Sturgeon Point
  • Village of Woodville


The following King's Highways pass through the city:

Highway 7B also exists entirely within the city, following the length of Kent Street through Lindsay, and cosigning with Highway 35 for 800 m.


Protected areas

  • Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park
  • Balsam Lake Provincial Park
  • Indian Point Provincial Park
  • Emily Provincial Park
  • Pigeon River Headwaters Conservation Area
  • Fleetwood Creek Conservation Area
  • Windy Ridge Conservation Area
  • Ken Reid Conservation Area

Surrounding counties


Coordinates: 44°21′N 78°45′W / 44.35°N 78.75°W / 44.35; -78.75


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