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Norland is a small rural hamlet in the larger City of Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada.

With a population of under 1,000 there has been growing stagnation in business with several shops opening, closing or restructuring over the years. It is located in a scenic spot on the Gull River at the north end of Shadow Lake, the northernmost Kawartha lake. Here a series of three water falls reflect the change in elevation of the land leading north to the Haliburton Highlands.

  • The sign on HWY35 describes Norland as 'The Land Between', but doesn't explain between where. It is likely in reference to the ecotone between the agricultural south and the PreCambrian Shield, although the town itself is situate on the Shield.

Features

  • Large mural featuring a nature scene with animals and native people located on the largest building in town situated at the crossroads of Hwy 35 and Kawartha Lakes Road 45
  • Elliot Falls, a hydroelectric power generating station.
  • "The falls" a falls and dam right near the town centre.
  • The Old School, the building which now houses the public library, used to also be the municipal building for the tri-township of Laxton-Digby-Longford. The Townships no longer exist since the amalgamation of Victoria County into the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Municipal water system owned and operated by the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Municipal wharf located on the Gull River below the falls and upstream of Shadow Lake. Boat access south to Coboconk.
  • Several municipal waterfront parks.

The post office services locals with lock boxes and one rural route.

Norland was once mentioned on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien when the show was in Toronto for a week, Mike Myers mentioned the viilage by name including the only still operating gas station and a resident of Norland.

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