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The Kawartha lakes are a band of lakes in south-central Ontario, Canada that form the upper watershed of the Trent River. The lakes all lie upon the boundary between the Paleozoic limestone regions of the Golden Horseshoe, and the Precambrian granite Canadian Shield of northern and central Ontario.

"Kawartha" is an anglicization of the word "Ka-wa-tha" (from "Ka-wa-tae-gum-maug" or Gaa-waategamaag), which was obtained during the 1950s by representatives of the Village of Bobcaygeon from the Elders at Curve Lake.[1] It was hoped that the word Gaa-waategamaag, which means "shining waters" in the Anishinaabe language, would provide a convenient and popular advertising label for the area, much as "Muskoka" had come to describe the area and lakes north of Gravenhurst.

Though the city of Kawartha Lakes is named for them, they continue east into Peterborough County and some ways beyond. The Trent-Severn Waterway makes its way through many lakes in the main chain; many cottages dot the lakes' shorelines some of which are quite large in size, and the region is most known for its recreational tourism.

Primary chain

The Kawartha lakes. Click on image for full legend.

Lakes considered to be among 'The Kawarthas' include:

Lake Scugog (S) is to the southwest of the main chain.

Kawartha Highlands

A system of interconnected lakes lies to the north of the main chain. Due to an artificial dam placed at the south end of Mississauga lake in the mid-20th century, these lakes have equal levels and are inter-navigable. They consist of Catchacoma Lake, Beaver Lake, Mississauga Lake, Gold Lake, McGinnis Lake, Cold Lake, and Cavendish Lake.

Also nearby, but not reachable by boat without portage, are Gull Lake, Anstruther Lake, Bottle Lake, and Sucker Lake. The area is partially enclosed by Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park.

References

  1. ^ Minutes of the Corporation of the Village of Bobcaygeon, 1928-1958.

Coordinates: 44°29′57.84″N 78°26′27.60″W / 44.4994°N 78.441°W / 44.4994; -78.441








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