Lakefield: The Beauty of Small Town Ontario

By: Paul Vallis

Lakefield: The Beauty of Small Town Ontario


Lakefield, Country Living, Country Home, Peterborough County

Lakefield is a beautiful little town just north of Peterborough in the Kawartha Lakes region and less than 2 hours east of Toronto. Located on the Otonabee River, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Village of Lakefield is a community of about 2,500 people.

Whether you are thinking of retiring or just semi-retiring away from the big city, Lakefield is an ideal setting. On the edge of cottage country, Lakefield is a mostly residential community with loads of historic charm.

Rich History

Lakefield is home to Lakefield College School with a rich 140-year history and home to some famous alumni, including Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and actor Will Arnett.

It was home to the late, award-winning author Margaret Laurence in the 70s and 80s and is now home to the Lakefield Literary Festival, held every July close to her birthday.

There is also an annual Jazz, Art & Craft Festival in the summer by the river with a great variety of music, works by local artisans and local food vendors to enjoy.

The Perfect Blend

If you’re looking for a slower pace, a sense of community, fresh air and more trees than concrete, Lakefield might be just the place for you. There are plenty of things to do - or not do - and all the amenities you need.

Within Lakefield and the surrounding Township of Selwyn you have golf courses, restaurants - both upscale and rustic, distinctive boutiques, cafes and galleries. And with public parks, beach areas, walking and biking trails, along with fishing, boating and water sports at your’ll never be bored.

Have a boat - or thinking of getting one? Lakefield has its own Marina so you can spend your summer on the water without leaving home!

Lakefield is the perfect blend of small town living with ‘big city’ amenities. Only 20 minutes north of Peterborough, one of Ontario’s fastest growing communities, you have access to all the shopping, services and medical facilities you could want or need.

If you’re thinking about a move to the country, give me a call and I can help you make this your best move...ever.