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Downtown Lindsay in the fall
Country Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Province Flag of Ontario.svg Ontario
Municipality Kawartha Lakes
Established 1831
 - Mayor Rick McGee
 - MP Barry Devolin (CPC)
 - MPP Rick Johnson (OLP)
Population (2001)
 - Total 16,930
Postal Code beginning with K9V
Area code(s) 705

Lindsay (2001 population: 16,930) is a community on the Scugog River in the Kawartha Lakes region of south-eastern Ontario, Canada, 43 kilometres (27 mi) west of Peterborough. It is the seat of the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County), and the hub for business and commerce in the region.

Lindsay Transit provides bus service to the community and surrounding area.

Lindsay has a sister city, Nayoro, Japan, and a small Japanese culture exhibit is in the main entrance to the library. The sister city serves as a cultural experience for local students as every two years students are chosen to travel to Japan for free.



The Township of Ops was surveyed in 1825 by Colonel Duncan McDonell, and Lots 20 and 21 in the 5th Concession were reserved for a town site. The same year settlers began to come to the region, and by 1827, the Purdy's, an American family, built a dam on the Scugog River at the site of present-day Lindsay. The following year they built a sawmill, and in 1830, a grist mill was constructed.

A small village grew up around the mills, and it was known as Purdy's Mills. In 1834, surveyor John Huston plotted the designated town site into streets and lots. During the survey, one of Huston's assistants, Mr. Lindsay, was accidentally shot in the leg and died of an infection. He was buried on the riverbank and his name and death were recorded on the surveyor's plan. The name Lindsay remained as the name of the town by government approval. Lindsay grew steadily and developed into a lumbering and farming centre.

With the arrival of the Port Hope Railway in 1857, the town saw a period of rapid development and industrial growth. On June 19 of the same year, Lindsay was formally incorporated as a town. In 1861, a fire swept through the town and most of Lindsay was destroyed with hundreds of people left homeless. It took many years for Lindsay to recover from this disaster. In the late 1800s, local photographers Fowler & Oliver worked out of the Sunbeam Photo Gallery. It was also the home to Sir Samuel Hughes, the Canadian Minister of Militia during the First World War. The Victoria Street Armouries were built during this time.

In 2001 Lindsay's town government was officially dissolved and merged, with Victoria County into the new City of Kawartha Lakes. Some local groups have attempted, thus far unsuccessfully, to de-amalgamate the City and restore Victoria County to its previous status since that time.




  • The Lindsay Post is a twice-weekly newspaper (paid circulation Tuesdays, free Fridays) that is part of Osprey Media and owned by Quebecor Inc. (Sun Media) that operated as a daily until May 2007. Its history dates back more than 150 years.[1]


CKLY-FM plays hits from the 80s, 90s and 'whatever' at 91.9 Using the BOB-FM format. It was formerly known as 910 CKLY on AM.

Peterborough's CBC affiliate CHEX-TV covers the City of Kawartha Lakes daily with its Newswatch news programs. The municipality also draws intermittent news coverage from CTV Toronto and A-Channel Barrie.



Lindsay is in a humid continental climate zone with warm, humid summers and cold winters.

The coldest temperature on average that Lindsay experiences in the winter is -31.4 °C (−24.5 °F). On occasion the first snowfall occurs earlier than November, though the snow usually melts within a short period of time. Temperatures start to increase again in late February. The warm and hot temperatures last from late June to mid September.



High schools

Elementary schools

  • Pope John Paul The Second Catholic Elementary School (PJP II)
  • St. Mary's Elementary - K-8 (Catholic)
  • St. Dominic's Elementary - K-8 (Catholic)
  • Parkview Public School - K-6
  • Alexandra Public School - K-6
  • Central Senior School - 7-8
  • Jack Callaghan Public School - K-8
  • King Albert Public School - K-6
  • Leslie Frost Public School - K-8 (French Immersion)
  • Queen Victoria Public School - K-6
  • Heritage Christian School (Private)


Ross Memorial Hospital

Ross Memorial Hospital is the only hospital in Lindsay. It was founded on November 20, 1902 by James Ross, who died on September 20, 1913. On April 14, 2005 the hospital finished its first major renovation. A new dialysis unit was opened in 2008.[1],

Facts and figures

  • Lindsay celebrated its 150th Anniversary on June 10, 2007, with festivities at Victoria Park and the Armoury, in the heart of town.
  • To commemorate the 150th Anniversary, a monument was carved in front of the old town hall on Kent Street, by chainsaw carver Gerald Guenkel, of Omemee. It shows the importance of locomotives to Lindsay’s history.
  • In 2001,[5] Lindsay played host to an episode of the OLN Reality Series "Drifters: The Water Wars" as they passed through the Trent-Severn Waterway.[6]


Lindsay has a 150th anniversary song, entitled A Song For Lindsay. It was written and performed by recording studio owner Bob May, and local high-school student/vocalist Bethany Rees.


One of Lindsay's popular landmarks is the old burnt down mill.

Lindsay's notorious burnt down sawmill

Nearby towns

Well-known residents

  • Leslie M. Frost (September 20, 1895 – May 4, 1973) was Premier of Ontario from 1949 to 1961. First elected in 1937 to the Ontario legislature representing Victoria-Haliburton, he was known as "The Laird of Lindsay." He combined small town values with progressive policies to lead the province through the economic boom of the 1950s.
  • James Ross financed the building of Lindsay's only hospital.(Ross Memorial Hospital) Died in 1913.
  • Megan Park, actress best known for her role as Grace on Secret Life of the American Teenager

Forest fire protection history

Ontario's former Department of Lands and Forests (now the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources) ran one of its 17 forest fire districts from Lindsay. Formed in 1946 The Lindsay Forest Fire District served as the headquarters for the protection and study of forests in Haliburton, Victoria, Durham, Peterborough and Northumberland Counties. The Lindsay office was also responsible for the maintenance and manning of the 13 fire tower lookouts within its boundaries. The towerman's purpose was as an early detection to protect the local forests from fire. The district's towers included: Harburn, Bruton, Eyre, Glamorgan (Green's Mountain), Harvey, Cardiff, Digby, Lutterworth, Sherbourne (St. Nora), Dorset, Clarke (Ganaraska Forest), Haldimand (Northumberland Forest) and Methuen (Blue Mountain). When a fire was spotted in the forest a towerman would get the degree bearings from his respective tower and radio back the information to headquarters. When one or more towermen from other towers in the area would also call in their bearings, the forest rangers at headquarters could get a 'triangulation' read and plot the exact location of the fire on their map. This way a team of forest firefighters could be dispatched as soon as possible to get the fire under control. Most of these towers were put out of use in the late 1960s when aerial detection systems were put in place.


  1. ^ "Ross Memorial Hospital - Historical Milestones". Retrieved 2009-06-28.  
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  5. ^ Stellick Marketing & Communications - Case Studies
  6. ^ Playback :: Canadian reality series by Canadians for Canadians
  7. ^ Up Here - My Search for Sam McGee by Randy Freeman

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Coordinates: 44°21′14.583″N 78°44′28.482″W / 44.35405083°N 78.741245°W / 44.35405083; -78.741245


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