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- Peterborough area accommodation
- Scenic Ontario inn
- Kawartha Lakes wedding venue
- Corporate retreats & meeting facilities
- Couples and Group tours are most welcome
he Village Inn is situated in the scenic and
historic little village of Lakefield, Ontario,
We invite you to come and experience our warm hospitality.
Owners: Bonnie & Vern Hamilton
Manager: Jessica Northey
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Welcome to the Village Inn. We hope that our quaint, but thoroughly modern Lakefield hotel will be your home away from home whenever you are in the Kawartha Lakes Region.
Reflecting Lakefield's charm and history, The Village Inn's architecture recaptures days gone by, perfectly complementing the century buildings along Lakefield's main street where the inn is conveniently located. Just step out the front door of The Village Inn and you are moments away from everything Lakefield has to offer. Lakefield's streets are lined with historic original homes and churches, many of which date back to the 1800's. Unique shops, waterfront parks, sporting venues, and a variety of good restaurants are all within walking distance of the Inn, as are the basic shops and services including grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, beauty salons and Spa's. Serving Lakefield, Peterborough, SGS Lakefield Research, Trent University, Lakefield College School and the Ontario Kawartha Lakes tourist region, our upscale Kawartha hotel provides luxurious accommodation, and is a great alternative to Peterborough motels or hotels. Be sure to check out our Last Minute Deals page to see all that is new at The Village Inn.
All of the guest rooms and suites at our Kawartha Boutique Hotel are tastefully decorated with upscale country classic furnishings, whimsical colours and antique accents. Pillow top beds with luxurious linens ensure a wonderful night's sleep. Every room has a comfortable sitting area, writing desk, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TV with cable. Other thoughtful amenities include bar fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, thick fluffy towels and quality amenities. In the morning, a delicious Continental breakfast is provided in our Bed and Breakfast Inn. Treat yourself to one of Village Inn's magnificent suites and relax with the additional luxury of a two person whirlpool bath, separate living room & bedroom, dining table, dishes & microwave. For our guests who are physically challenged, we offer two accessible rooms designed to accommodate wheelchairs. The Village Inn is a totally non-smoking facility.
Reflecting Lakefield's charm and history, The Village Inn's architecture recaptures days gone by, looking completely at home in its convenient main street location. Just step out the front door of The Village Inn and you are moments away from all that Lakefield has to offer. Lakefield's streets are lined with historic original homes and churches, many of which date back to the 1800's. Unique shops, sporting venues, waterfront parks and a variety of good restaurants are all within walking distance of the Inn, as are the basic amenities including grocery and convenience stores, pharmacies, beauty salons and Spa's. Serving Lakefield, Peterborough, SGS Lakefield Research, Trent University, Lakefield College School and the Ontario Kawartha Lakes tourist region, our upscale hotel provides luxurious accommodation, offering a great alternative to Peterborough motels or hotels. Be sure to check out our Last Minute Deals page to see what's new at The Village Inn.
Consider the advantages of holding your next business meeting, corporate retreat or company conference at the Village Inn in Lakefield. The Village Inn provides the perfect combination of hospitality and personal service in an efficient business environment - all at a competitive price. Our attractive Lakefield hotel offers a relaxed and unhurried atmosphere that is hard to achieve at city hotels. And, after your meeting is over, Lakefield and the Kawartha Lakes area offers so much to see and do. The Village Inn is convenient to Metropolitan Toronto, Peterborough and the Ottawa area and we can accommodate groups of up to 80. Designed and built with business and conference clients in mind, the Village Inn offers spacious meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology, including complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the Hotel. Our Business Meeting and Conference coordinator is ready to assist you with the planning of your business meeting or company retreat, to ensure that your event is a complete success and the planning process is stress free.
For small conferences, team building sessions, meetings and seminars, the Village Inn of Lakefield is the ideal Toronto conference venue for those looking for an excellent Ontario conference facility within short driving distance of Toronto. In less than 90 minutes your business team can get down to work, free from the noise and distractions of the office, in the spacious and well equipped conference facilities of our country inn. Ideally located between Toronto and Ottawa in the historic town of Lakefield, Ontario, the Village Inn provides an intimate venue where your small conference or business seminar will receive the attention and service that it deserves from our friendly and professional staff.
Guests of the Village Inn can enjoy traditional pub fare at The Thirsty Loon, a privately-owned restaurant located within our Lakefield inn. The Thirsty Loon offers casual dining in a warm and inviting atmosphere. They offer a terrific selection of delicious and hearty pub fare, with menu items to please every member of the family, and a wide selection of Ontario wines and beers on tap. The pub dining room is perfect place for an informal after-business get together or to unwind during your stay with us. Whether you are just here for a night, or for a Kawartha weekend getaway for two, be sure to drop by The Thirsty Loon.
The Village Inn of Lakefield truly lives up to its name as a classic village inn. Our comfortable, tastefully-appointed suites and cozy atmosphere offer guests a peaceful and relaxing stay in the historic small town of Lakefield. If you're looking for the ideal Ontario getaway destination to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, with plenty of things to see and do, nearby attractions, shopping and dining options, you've found the right place. Make the Village Inn your next destination for an Ontario escape and you'll be glad you did.
The Kawartha Lakes region is home to some of the finest and most popular fishing locations in Ontario. Close to the Village Inn of Lakefield, you can fish on Lake Katchawanooka, which leads into Clear Lake and Stoney Lake. These lakes offer fun fishing trips for the whole family and cater to all levels of fishing enthusiasts, from veteran sports fishermen to vacationers who are just looking to try the sport for the first time. Fishing is a wonderful activity to try when on vacation in Ontario's lake country and while on a weekend getaway in the Kawarthas. Fishing is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are on a family vacation, a couple's weekend escape or a getaway with friends, a day of fishing is sure to add a terrific experience to your Kawarthas holiday. Our 4 season sister property, Pine Vista Resort offers a full range of recreational packages for those looking to enjoy a more active vacation on the shores of Stoney Lake. You can learn more about Pine Vista Resort at www.pinevista.com
The conference facilities at our Peterborough area inn provide an ideal place for business meetings, conferences, weddings, reunions and social events. Whether you are having a small business seminar that requires only a comfortable meeting room and minimal equipment, or a business conference that requires the latest audio visual equipment, the Village Inn of Lakefield can provide the equipment you need to make your meeting or conference a complete success.
Designed to accommodate group tours, the Village Inn of Lakefield is an ideal destination for Ontario motor coach tours, seniors groups, and any type of group travel. Our location between Toronto and Ottawa makes the Village Inn a convenient stop and a restful overnight stay for motor coach groups. Being located between Toronto and Ottawa also makes it a perfect central meeting place for reunions and gatherings. Book your next Kawartha group getaway or Ontario bus tour at the Village Inn. We would be pleased to personalize a group package to suit your group travel plans. Simply give us a call. The Village Inn of Lakefield has hosted many Ontario tour groups over the years so you can rest assured that your Ontario scenic motor coach tour, seniors travel group, or church group retreat in the Kawarthas will be warmly welcomed upon arrival and receive the outstanding service and individual attention that it deserves throughout your stay with us. If you are planning a getaway for a seniors group or for anyone that has mobility issues, our Kawartha Lakes inn has two fully wheelchair accessible rooms on the main floor and an elevator that allows easy access to all rooms, suites and meeting/social rooms on the upper levels of the inn.
The Village Inn of Lakefield has built a steady reputation as a wonderful vacation destination. Whether you are travelling with a large group, or just out for a romantic getaway for two, The Village Inn is the perfect Ontario tourist destination. The town of Lakefield is a small but cozy village, with plenty to do for any vacationer. If you enjoy shopping, there are many varied and eclectic shops along Lakefield's main street that will catch your eye. Shops like "Stuff", "Tragically Hip", "Sunblockers" and many more along the main street carry a wide variety of souvenirs, unique and affordable clothing, homemade confections and perfect mementos for your weekend getaway.
The warm charm of our country inn in the Kawarthas and its picturesque location in the pretty town of Lakefield makes The Village Inn the perfect choice for a beautiful wedding reception. Let us make your special day wonderful in every way. Our elegant banquet room accommodates small private gatherings of up to 80 guests. We will assist with everything from sample wedding menus to customized wedding plans. There are five lovely Churches within easy walking distance from the Inn. Your wedding party and out-of-town guests can be comfortably accommodated in our beautifully appointed rooms. Our luxurious suites, with two-person whirlpool baths, provide a romantic setting for any honeymoon or wedding night. For a memorable Ontario resort wedding, there are few places more charming than the Village Inn of Lakefield.
Our inviting Ontario country inn, right in the heart of the historic village of Lakefield, is a great location for any weekend getaway or midweek escape from the city. We offer some very attractive room rates, accommodation packages, seasonal inn specials. Look for our special packages for weddings, outdoor enthusiasts, art & history buffs, spa lovers, golfers and romantics. All room rates include a delicious continental breakfast. We are very pleased to offer a 10% discount for Lakefield College School, Trent University, CAA members,Seniors 65 years of age and over, and local community referrals by friends and family.
The Village Inn is proud to be a member of the East Kawartha Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Motor Coach Association, Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. Peterborough Kawartha Tourism Association and numerous other Trade Associations.
The Village Inn is a proud financial supporter of:
The Ontario Speed Skating Oval, Morton Community Healthcare Centre, Lakefield Jazz & Art Festival, Lakefield Winter Carnival, Lakefield Literary Festival as well as countless other local Sporting events and clubs. We also support numerous worthy causes as they arise locally.
Designed with the travelling public in mind, The Village Inn with its twenty-eight guest rooms, onsite restaurant, modern corporate services, and proximity to Peterborough, is ideal for Ontario group getaways and group package tours. The Village Inn at Lakefield is an excellent stop if travelling between Toronto and Alqonquin Park or when visiting Petroglyphs Park. For foreign tourists to Canada and visitors from outside of Ontario wishing to explore this province and its many places of interest, the Village Inn and Lakefield makes an excellent stop. We are situated north east of Metropolitan Toronto, approximately 130 km from Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway and only a 1½ hour drive from Toronto. The Kawartha Lakes region, with its rural, small town lifestyle, provides tourists with an excellent contrast to the city of Toronto's frantic pace. While here at Lakefield's Village Inn, tourists can relax and recharge, than explore the local area and its many attractions. For a quick over view of the area, visitors should count on spending at least two nights here, before moving on. For many tourists exploring Ontario, their next stop after Lakefield, is Canada's world renowned Algonquin Provincial Park- a must see for any visitor on an Ontario tour. The drive from Lakefield to Algonquin Park is extremely scenic and can easily be completed in 2 ½ hours.
Just a 10 minute drive from the city of Peterborough, the Village Inn of Lakefield provides the perfect home base to experience all the highlights of the Kawartha Lakes region. If you are visiting us by boat, the Village Inn is just a 5 minute walk from the Lakefield Marina which provides dockage on the Trent-Severn Waterway. While staying with us, you might like to explore the boardwalk along the Katchewanooka River or bike, hike, or roller blade for miles along the Rail Trail. Take a boat cruise over the Peterborough Lift Lock, the highest of its kind in the world. Have a round of golf at one of the area's first-rate courses or visit one of the area's fine museums and galleries. Perhaps you'd like to attend a local sports tournament or browse Lakefield's quaint shops. With so many attractions and special events for every age and interest throughout the year, we know you'll find lots to do, whether you stay for a week or a weekend.
In 2000, the Village of Lakefield built the Lakefield Greenwing Trail as a community Millennium project. The trail is 5.5km and weaves its way throughout the village, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the area through informative signs and benches along the way. Walking along the trail is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon while vacationing in the Kawarthas. The trail is open to all forms of non-power transportation, including walking, bicycling and rollerblading. As an integral part of Lakefield, the Lakefield Trail allows visitors to leave their car behind and to enjoy a pleasant walk through town.
The Peterborough - Kawartha Lakes Region is an up and coming Ontario tourist region. The Greater Peterborough Area's tourism sector is estimated to generate over $323 million annually in economic activity, supporting approximately 2,500 jobs. To ensure that regional tourism growth continues, the Government of Ontario is supporting the area's efforts to develop Kawartha tourism through The Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation. Strategies to be implemented will include maximizing opportunities in Kawartha conference and meeting travel, motor coach tours, developing Peterborough area festivals and events, and by promoting culinary tourism, eco-tourism and sports tourism. "Peterborough and the Kawarthas are a key eastern Ontario tourism and economic asset," states Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal.
Although it is a small town, Lakefield has a lot to offer for any vacationer on a holiday in Ontario. During the winter months, when the lakes freeze over, the Kawarthas have some of the best snowmobiling in Ontario. Throughout the Kawartha Lakes, there are over 166kms of groomed snowmobile trails ... this provides more than enough terrain to explore on a weekend snowmobile trip with friends. As your day of snowmobiling comes to an end, you can enjoy any one of a number of local pubs and restaurants before settling down for the evening at The Village Inn of Lakefield. Always remember, if you plan on going out and using a snowmobile through the trails in the Kawartha region, make sure to follow the safety rules and acquire a valid trail permit and license.
The famous Trent Severn Waterway runs east west with the village of Lakefield just upstream. The Trent Severn Waterway, which has been designated as a Canadian Heritage River System, connects Lake Ontario all the way north to Georgian Bay. The system is made up of a winding series of canals, rivers and lakes, and is served by a series of locks. Lock 26 is only a ten-minute walk from downtown Lakefield and is fascinating to watch in action. At the lock, there is a small park with picnic tables and washrooms. For boats going through the lock system, there are plenty of places to tie up on the upper side of the lock. Boats coming through the Trent can also stop off for the night at the Lakefield Municipal Marina which has 36 finger docks and a Chamber of Commerce office that provides area information. Lock 26 at Lakefield is located at Km 158.9 (mile 98.7) of the Trent System. It is 120 feet long and 32 feet wide. The lock lifts an average of 16 feet. The next lock, also in the Kawartha Lakes region is the Young’s Point lock. Comprised of 386 kilometers of lakes, rivers and channels, the Trent Severn Waterway was used for trade and travel by Ontario's native peoples for many hundreds of years. It later played a significant role in the province's early economic development, especially its lumber, agriculture and tourism industries, giving communities water access to lucrative markets to the south. A small wooden lock built at Bobcaygeon in 1833 was the first lock in the waterway's 87 year construction. The lock system's development received an extra boost in 1878, with the newly elected government of Sir John A. MacDonald promising completion of the lock system. In 1920, construction was finally completed making it possible to travel from Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario. The Peterborough Lift Lock is the biggest Hydraulic Lift Lock in the world and thousands of tourists pass through it on local Cruise boats or just enjoy the parklands and watch as boats travel through the Lift Locks in Peterborough.
The Trent Severn's value as a commercial transportation route slowly declined over time as industry found more cost efficient and faster modes of transportation. The Trent Severn's value to the tourism industry, however, remains important to this day. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Trent-Severn has provided an important route for cottagers and tourists to the region. Due to the lack of roads outside of the metropolitan areas, steamboats operated along the Trent, bringing tourists, cottagers and supplies to the lodges, inns, resorts and cottages along the lakes. For more than one hundred years, the Trent Severn provided a recreational link, bringing tourists to the Kawartha Lake region which became a very popular Ontario vacation destination area. With the construction of paved roads in the 20th Century, steamship traffic virtually disappeared, as visitors to the Kawartha Lakes could now travel by automobile.
Today, the Trent Severn Waterway is a popular Ontario tourist attraction, drawing visitors to the Kawartha area. It is a famous boating destination and offers a wealth of other tourist activities throughout the year. Tourists come to the region from far and wide to explore the Trent Severn Waterway, learn about its history and enjoy everything that the beautiful Kawartha Lakes area has to offer. The Trent–Severn Waterway is maintained and operated by Parks Canada under the statutory authority of the Historic Canals Regulations. More than 125,000 private and commercial properties are located along the waterway's entire length. Supporting the towns, inns, business and attractions along the system are the hundreds of thousands of recreational boaters who ply the waters each season and the steady stream of tourists who visit from far and wide. In the future, the Trent-Severn Waterway should remain important to Ontario Tourism for many years to come.
Lakefield is located at the southern point of Katchewanooka Lake. Part of the Trent Severn Waterway, it is one of the smaller lakes in the Kawartha Lakes chain. The waters of the Trent Severn flows in from Stoney Lake, north of Katchewanooka, and goes out through the Otonabee River, which is just south of Lakefield. In its early history, Lakefield was used as a port, and was a central hub for loggers who used the waterway. As time went by, and the logging industry no longer used the Trent Severn for transport, tourism took over as the main attraction. Even during the logging days, people would travel to Lakefield during the summer months for their Ontario vacations, and to this day Lakefield and the Kawarthas continue to attract visits.
The Village Inn at Lakefield is close to a number of Kawartha golf courses, making it an ideal base for an enjoyable Ontario golf vacation. The Katchiwano Golf & Country Club of Lakefield is a casual Kawartha golf club that is recommended for golfers of all levels. An 18-hole, par 71 course, The Katchiwano course is opened to the public and is very reasonably priced. Tee times can be booked up to 7 days in advance. The Six Foot Bay Golf and Country Club is a semi-private, 18-hole course located on Buckhorn Lake near the city of Peterborough, a close drive to Lakefield. This Kawartha golf course has been described as one of the area's "hidden gems". Tee times can be reserved in advance. For the serious golfer, The Village Inn has a partnership with the world class Wildfire Golf Course on Stoney Lake. Designed by Thomas McBroom, this challenging 18-hole course is sure to be the highlight of any Kawartha golf weekend or midweek golf getaway. Call ahead to reserve your tee time through The Inn.
The Village of Lakefield - Lakefield Village is a beautiful little town, rich in history and culture. It has an interesting history, dating from its beginnings as an early Ontario pioneer settlement. Lakefield's picturesque setting, with river and canal, still retains all the appeal of its past, with its tree lined streets and its many well preserved old homes and structures - examples of fine 19th century Canadian architecture. Today, Lakefield is known as a vibrant cultural and artistic community, boasting a wide variety of shops and good restaurants. Lakefield is also home to the world famous Lakefield College School, located just north of town on Lake Katchewanooka. Lakefield College School, also known as "The Grove" has been operating since 1879, when it first opened as a preparatory school for about two dozen boys. Today, with a co-ed student body of over 350 students, both boarding and day students, Lakefield College School is a highly regarded private school with an impressive list of alumni, including Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. Parents visiting Lakefield College boarding students find The Village Inn of Lakefield a comfortable and convenient place to stay when in town.
Each year, Lakefield plays host to a number of seasonal Ontario attractions. Perhaps its most famous annual event is the renowned Lakefield Literary Festival. The Lakefield Literary Festival was created to celebrate the rich literary heritage of Lakefield and the surrounding area which includes the works of distinguished Canadian authors like Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Isabella Valancy Crawford, among others, all of who lived and wrote in Lakefield. The festival showcases up and coming Canadian writers, and the list of past Festival presenters and hosts reads like a Who's Who of the Canadian literary scene. The festival is held each July on the weekend closest to Margaret Laurence's birthday. Margaret Laurence lived and worked in Lakefield for thirteen years, up until her death in 1987. The famous Margaret Laurence house, a large yellow brick house, is also a Lakefield tourist attraction.
The Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival is a popular annual Ontario event not to be missed. For a dozen years, the Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival has attracted jazz fans, art collectors, families and friends to the banks of Lakefield's scenic Otonabee River for a full day of entertainment, art, interesting food and fun. This outdoor festival happens on the first Saturday in July and offers something of interest for young and old alike. Live jazz music performed by a variety of talented musicians plays throughout the day and evening. More than 2 dozen artisans and craftspeople offer an intriguing variety of paintings, jewelry, furniture, carvings and craft works for sale.
The Kawartha event that is the highlight of the winter season is the Polar Fest Winter Festival. This annual Lakefield event is held every year on the first weekend in February, with a number popular pre Polar Fest events happening during the week prior to the festival. Lakefield's Polar Fest is billed as a community event, an exciting family festival offering something for everyone to enjoy. For a weekend of laughter and friendly competition, choose from activities such as speed skating, ice craving, pond hockey, lake curling and, of course, the Polar Plunge. As well, during the winter festival there is an all you can eat pancake breakfast, an arts and craft market, polar paddle, sleigh rides, balloon rides, and a whole lot more.
Another fun and very interesting Kawartha area attraction is the Whetung Ojibwa Centre, located in the heart of the Curve Lake Indian Reserve. About a twenty minute scenic drive from the Village Inn, the Whetung Ojibwa Centre is opened to the public, seven days a week. First Nations owned and operated, at the centre you will find a wonderful collection of native crafts, along with fine art, sculpture, masks, leather work, clothing, jewelry, music and books, both on display and available for purchase. As well, the centre holds workshops throughout the year. Consult their on-line calendar of events to learn about upcoming festivals and centre events.
For music fans of all ages, a unique and interesting Kawartha area attraction is the Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum in nearby Omemee, Ontario. A short drive from Lakefield, the small town of Omemee was the childhood home of Canadian music legend Neil Young. Celebrating music from the 50s, 60s ad 70s, the Youngtown Museum features 7 rooms of world class exhibits. As well as a wealth of Neil Young memorabilia, visitors to the museum will find displays featuring many other well known artists, including the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. The Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum showcases rare and one of a kind artifacts, autographed items, documents, photos, clothing, trade-ads, instruments and memorabilia.
Please go to our Attractions and Events page to learn more about all the wonderful things to do in the Peterborough area. Our Peterborough Kawartha Lakes Attractions page is full of interesting ideas for Kawartha day trips, and things to do in the Kawarthas that are all within a convenient drive from the Village Inn at Lakefield. From our Attractions and Events page there is a link to the Peterborough and The Kawartha Lakes Tourism Events Calendar. Here you will find a complete listing of what is happening in the area on a day to day basis so that you can plan to make the most from your Kawartha Lakes getaway.
Only a short drive from Lakefield's The Village Inn, is the city of Peterborough, Ontario. Considered to be the "gateway to the Kawarthas" and Ontario cottage country, Peterborough is named in honour of Peter Robinson, an early Ontario politician who oversaw the first major immigration to the area. This central-south eastern Ontario city is located on the Otonabee River and is approximately 125 kilometres (78 miles) northeast of Metropolitan Toronto. Peterborough has a population of roughly 100,000 and is ranked as the smallest census metropolitan area in Canada. While Peterborough may be a small city in population, it boasts more than its fair share of culture, shopping and entertainment opportunities for visitors to the area.
Several thousands of years ago, First Nations People came to the Peterborough area following the retreating glaciers. Carvings made by The Algonquin people, roughly one thousand years ago, can still be viewed at the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, located northeast of Peterborough. The Petroglyphs are a very popular Kawartha tourist attraction and well worth visiting. As well, articles excavated at the Serpent Mounds, located near Keene, about 30 km southeast of Peterborough , are further proof that the area has been inhabited for over 2,000 years. Owned by the Hiawatha First Nation, Serpent Mounds Park is a campground and day use park. Europeans didn't arrive until 1615, when Samuel de Champlain, travelling down from Lake Chemong, to the Otonabee River, visited the area.
The year 1818 marked a turning point in the history Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region with the arrival of Adam Scott. Scott settled on the western shore of the Otonabee River, and in the following year, began construction of a gristmill and sawmill. The mill was built at the foot of Peterborough's present day King Street and the area became known as Scott's Plain. Another milestone in the area's development was the arrival of 1,878 immigrants from Ireland. These new arrivals were part of an experimental emigration plan by the British Parliament to send poor Irish families to settle Upper Canada. York politician Peter Robinson was in charge of the venture and, to honour his contribution, Scott's Plains was renamed Peterborough.
During the second half of the 19th century there were many changes and rapid growth in and around the area, beginning with the incorporation of the town of Peterborough in 1850. The late 1850s and early 1860s saw the start of an important local canoe building industry, when small canoe building operations opened in Peterborough, Lakefield and Gore's Landing. The Kawartha canoe building industry included many different builders. In Peterborough some of the larger companies were the Ontario Canoe Company, the Canadian Canoe Company, the Peterborough Canoe Company and the English Canoe Company. Lakefield was home to the Lakefield Canoe Company and Gore's Landing had the Herald Canoe Co., and later, the Rice Lake Canoe Company. By the 1930s, the Peterborough area employed approximately 25% of all Canadians employed in the boat building industry. The local canoe building industry continued to flourish as a major industry in the Peterborough area right up into the 1960s.
Peterborough and the Kawarthas saw considerable growth throughout the 20th century. The city of Peterborough was one of the first places in Canada to begin to generate electrical power, attracting industry and major companies, like General Electric and Quaker Oats, with a reliable and inexpensive source of power. The opening in 1904 of the Peterborough Lift Lock, on the Trent Severn Waterway, was a major achievement for the area. The event drew international interest as the Peterborough Lift Lock, the highest hydraulic boat lift in the world, was viewed as an engineering marvel. To this day, the lift lock attracts thousands of visitors every year. In the 1980s, a visitor's centre was open by the lock, offering interactive simulations and historical exhibits detailing the lift lock's construction.
Today the Kawartha Lakes region is a thriving Ontario vacation destination area as well as a highly desirable cottage country area. While the city of Peterborough continues to expand; with new industry, hospitals, colleges, and a university, growth in the rural areas of the Kawartha Lakes region has been a little more subtle. The area still retains all the charm of centuries past, with friendly small towns and villages. The natural beauty of the region has also stayed the same. The lakes are clean and wilderness spaces and wildlife is still abundant. What has changed in the region, that Kawartha Lakes visitors are certain to notice, is that there is so much more to do here than ever before. From fine dining and entertainment venues to spas and tourist attractions, the Kawartha Lakes region is a world class Ontario tourist destination.
During your vacation in the Kawarthas, spend some time to explore the city of Peterborough. This thriving community has much to offer, including a multitude of recreational opportunities and tourist attractions. Not to be missed is the Peterborough Lift Lock. Located downtown on the Trent Severn Waterway, this historic site is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. As well, no trip to Peterborough is complete without a visit to the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Planning to spend more than a couple of days at our friendly Ontario country inn? There are a number of delightful little towns that are well-worth exploring and are within a short driving distance from Lakefield. The town of Buckhorn, situated on the banks of Buckhorn Lake is a small cottage country town with a thriving arts community. As well as offering many shops and services, such as gift shops, antique shops, a fine art gallery and restaurants, Buckhorn has several very popular annual events, including Fiesta Buckhorn - the largest Wine and Food event in Ontario's cottage country, the Buckhorn Spring Craft Show, the Harvest Craft Show, and the Buckhorn Fine Arts Festival - a giant arts and crafts festival that takes place every August.
Discover the Power of Art at this award winning Fine Art Festival and Sale that runs for 3 days. Meet and greet over 90 professional artists, and watch them at work. At this juried art show and sale of original fine art, miniatures and prints, sculpture, and tapestries, visitors enjoy world class art and live music among the pines and galleries at the Buckhorn Community Centre. Other events include an art competition and a youth art display with interactive art activities, open to the public to enter and participate. Thursday is Preview night with musical entertainment and delicious snacks. The Buckhorn Fine Art Festival was named one of the Top 100 Festivals in the Province of Ontario and is a major fundraiser for the Buckhorn Community Centre.
Also located in Buckhorn Ontario is the Gallery on The Lake. A popular Kawartha attraction, The Gallery on the Lake is a distinctive cedar-clad octagonal shaped building that houses hundreds of original works of art. This large and stately structure, situated at the water's edge amongst the rocks, is one of Canada's largest retail art galleries with original art. Focusing on the work of fine artists from the Peterborough and the Kawartha region, the Gallery on the Lake also represents some of the most recognized Canadian artists today, such as Norman R. Brown, Mary Lampman, Tim Packer, Keirstead, and many more. With an art school, a resale gallery and an impressive special exhibit schedule, there is always something of interest happening at the gallery. The Gallery on the Lake is open year round, 7 days a week. The Gallery Café and Tea Room overlooking the lake, is open from Victoria Day weekend until Thanksgiving for lunch and light snacks.
Another Kawartha Lakes attraction that is well worth visiting during your stay at the Village Inn of Lakefield is Kawartha Country Wines, the only winery in the Kawarthas. Located between the towns of Buckhorn and Bobcaygeon, on County Road #36, Kawartha Country Wines is a boutique winery dedicated to crafting quality wines from grapes and other fruits. At the winery, you will discover a selection of gourmet foods, wine and food baskets, gifts, crafts, as well as many different types of wines. Visitors are invited to have a taste of the wines available at the winery's sampling bar. Open to the public year round, the winery also host special events several times a year.
A short drive from our Lakefield inn is beautiful Stony Lake. Stoney Lake, or Stony Lake as it is sometimes known, is regarded as one of the prettiest lakes in Ontario. With century old cottage estates, breathtaking scenery, a meandering shoreline and 1,128 charted islands, Stony Lake presents a wealth of opportunities for photographers to catch the perfect outdoor shot. Some of the most interesting places on the lake include St Peter's Church on the Rock, the 22-acre Ronnie Hawkins estate and Davis Island. Pine vista resort, a sister property to the Village Inn is located on the south shore of Stoney Lake. It is a 4 star, 4 season Cottage resort with unlimited recreational activities and programs for all ages. www.pinevista.com
Also within a short driving distance of our Kawartha Lakes inn, is the city of Peterborough. Peterborough offers plenty of things to do and interesting sights to see during your stay at the Village Inn of Lakefield, including fine restaurants, shopping, movie theatres, live theatre, museums and galleries. When in Peterborough, make sure to visit the Canadian Canoe Museum, which open seven days a week throughout the year. With the largest collection of paddling watercraft, including more than 600 canoes and kayak, and associated artifacts to be found anywhere, the Canadian Canoe Museum is a Kawartha attraction that should not be missed by anyone who loves history and the great outdoors. The museum's mission is to preserve and share the culture and history of the canoe and teaches visitors about the important role that the canoe played in Canada's history.
Another great Kawartha Lakes attraction that is located in Peterborough is the Art Gallery of Peterborough. With an impressive collection of Canadian art, the Art Gallery of Peterborough (AGP) is open to the public year round, and admission is free of charge. The AGP always has something new and interesting on display. It offers rotating art exhibits, lectures, art classes for adults, creative children's camps and family fun days. Looking for a one of a kind gift or a unique souvenir of your Kawartha Lakes vacation? The Gallery Shop has a great selection of fine art and craft items for sale by local artists that include original art, jewelry, and works in ceramics, glass and textiles.
For families vacationing in the Kawarthas Lakes region, the Lang Pioneer Village Museum is a nearby Ontario cottage country attraction that is both fun and educational, offering something of interest for every member of the family. About a 15 minute drive from the Village Inn in Lakefield, the Lang Pioneer Museum is located in the village of Keene, along the banks of the historic Indian River. This small pioneer village includes over 25 restored and furnished buildings from the ninetieth century, in a setting complete with everything one would expect to find in an actual village of its time, including a blacksmith shop, a working grist mill, general store, farm animals, gardens, and much more. Guides, dressed in period costumes, demonstrate what life was like for area pioneers more than one hundred years ago.
Lakefield is situated in the eastern end of Ontario cottage country, and has long been the preferred vacation destination for many year round visitors. The Kawartha Lakes region or Ontario cottage country east, provides a different type of vacation environment than the rugged north and the busy central tourist areas of the Muskoka lake region. Here we offer a quieter and more relaxed pace. Our landscape combines pastoral scenes of gently rolling fields and farms, forested areas, and many scenic lakes and rivers. We have several historic towns of a century or more, that provide visitors with a wealth of things to do. The Village Inn in Lakefield is an ideal base from which to explore the area and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this popular Ontario tourist region.
The Village Inn of Lakefield is situated close to the shores of the Otonabee River. The Otonabee River provides a beautiful setting for a nice relaxing walk, far removed from the noise and stress of the city. In addition to the trails and walkways along the Otonabee River, Katchewanooka Lake, offers many wonderful trails for you to explore during your stay in Lakefield. If you are looking for a weekend getaway that is a short drive from Toronto and the GTA, but a world apart, consider an escape to the Village Inn in Lakefield, Ontario where the air is fresh and the people are friendly.
The Kawartha Lakes region is one of the most popular tourist areas in Ontario. Close to the GTA, yet a world apart, people come here to enjoy Kawarthas many lakes and rivers, its friendly small town ambiance, and for the beauty of the landscape. During the summer months, like other Ontario holiday destinations, the Kawartha Lakes come alive with festivals and events that also attract visitors to the area, for the day or for a week. No matter what time of year you choose for your Kawartha vacation, you can always count on plenty of things to do.
The Kawarthas provide the perfect destination for a relaxing Ontario vacation in the fall. The summer rush is over, and you can enjoy the serene tranquility of the Kawartha Lakelands. The changing leaves create a breathtaking backdrop and the beautiful crystalline waters of the Kawartha Lakes region make an ideal setting for you to unwind. Our Kawartha Lake inn's accommodations offer total comfort and a calming atmosphere. Experience fine dining and spa services, located on site and close-by, to deliver a completely blissful Ontario weekend getaway. The Village Inn is a great vacation destination for a couples escape or for anyone looking for a relaxing holiday in Ontario lake country.
Over the winter months, many people regress to hiding indoors to avoid the cold and snow. Although the sun may not be out as much, and you need to stay bundled up to your ears to stay warm, there is still a lot to do while on an Ontario winter vacation even during the coldest months. In the Kawartha Lakes, there are many fun winter activities that are close to the Village Inn to keep you and your family entertained for a winter wonderland vacation in Ontario. Whether you would like to try snow skiing or snowboarding, ice fishing, or taking a snowmobile out on the trails for a weekend, there is always something to do on a winter vacation at the Village Inn in Lakefield.
The Kawartha Lakes offers vacationers an ideal getaway for the spring, fall and summer time too. Along with our beautiful, crystal clear lakes that provide sand beaches, swimming, fishing, boating and more, here you will find pretty little towns and villages, with interesting shops, restaurants and local attractions. The village of Lakefield, with its rich history, lovely old Victorian homes and scenic parks, is just one of the many places to explore while staying at the Village Inn. The serene tranquility found in the Kawarthas can't be beat. Treat your family to a Lakefield getaway in the Kawartha Lakes region, for a time they'll not soon forget.
One of the most popular winter activities for Ontario vacations is snowmobiling. Ontario offers thousands of kilometers worth of groomed trails for snowmobilers, ranging in difficulty from beginner to intermediate and advanced riders. The trails offer a fun and scenic tourism activity for Ontario holidays, and there are many places to rent the snowmobiles for either a weekend or just for a day.
Lakefield is a part of one of Ontario greatest tourist attractions - the Trent-Severn waterway. The Kawartha Region section of the Trent Canal starts at Lock 19 at Scott's Mill. It travels through several lakes, including Katchewanooka Lake, Clear, Stoney, Lovesick, Buckhorn, Pigeon, Chemong, Sturgeon, Cameron and Balsam Lake to Lock 36 at Kirkfield. The Kawartha area receives many tourists every year travelling both up and down the Trent waterway. It brings in people from all across North America who come to see the historic sites along the way. Lakefield, at Lock 26, is a popular stop while on the Trent-Severn, offering tourist attractions and eclectic shops for all travelers to explore.
The Kawartha Lakes region is one of Ontario's largest vacation destinations. Every year people come from all over the world to visit the area and see the beautiful scenery and wildlife. The region provides the perfect blend of both a natural setting of woods and lakes, with the comfort of community, towns to explore and interesting events attractions. The Village Inn in Lakefield offers its guests the same sensation. They have the wonderful scenery of the lake and surrounding woodlands, with the benefit of being in a small town with all amenities. If you are looking for a Kawartha Lakes getaway, The Village Inn will be happy to welcome you.
The village of Lakefield, Ontario is a terrific place to explore while on a Kawarthas weekend getaway at the Village Inn. There is much to see and do in Lakefield. You can take a walk along its quiet streets, take in the shops and restaurants and enjoy its historic building. The Village Inn's location also makes it a convenient home base to discover the many wonderful attractions that the Kawartha Lake area and the city of Peterborough have to offer visitors to the area. If you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway with your special someone, come up to our place. Our small town inn provides comfortable and cozy accommodations, and we are close to all the wonderful attractions this Ontario vacation destination has to offer.
Calling all Ontario tour operators, motor coach tour companies, event planners, group event co-ordinators; The Village Inn of Lakefield is the ideal venue for group events and escorted motor coach tour accommodations. Our Kawartha inn has everything you need, including an onsite pub and restaurant, meeting and banquets rooms, comfortable accommodations; some wheelchair accessible, free overnight car and motor coach parking, and equipment storage for teams. Ideally located in the historic town of Lakefield; close to Peterborough and just 90 minutes from the GTA, the Village Inn provides both a convenient stop for scenic bus tours, as well as a fabulous destination for group events. Over the years, the Village Inn has hosted many groups for conventions, weddings, seminars, tournaments and group tours. Our manager would be more than pleased to assist you with all the arrangements.
Summertime in the Kawartha Lakes region of south eastern Ontario can seem like a slice of heaven. The Kawarthas warm summer weather, coupled its many serene lakes, many interesting tourist attractions, and beautiful natural environment make for the perfect summer getaway for couples or families. This popular Ontario vacation destination is just 90 minutes from the GTA, making it very convenient for both quick getaways and weeklong vacations. So this summer, when you are looking for a romantic getaway with your significant other, or planning a family vacation, why not look a little closer to home and visit the Kawarthas?
The Peterborough area provides an ideal vacation destination for those who are looking to get out of busy and stressed atmosphere of the big cities, but don't want to leave "civilization" altogether. The town and surrounding area create a perfect blend of small town ambience while still offering a lot to do within the city limits. Within Peterborough there are many local restaurants that offer differing types of cuisine from local to international, boutique shops and mainstream stores, plus there is a Galaxy Cinema theatre and much more to ensure that both you and your family enjoy your getaway in the Kawarthas.
Looking to get out this fall for some sightseeing? Lakefield in the Kawarthas is an ideal destination for a fall getaway to enjoy the autumn colours. Around Thanksgiving, the Kawartha Lakes region explodes with vibrant colours that provide the perfect back drop for a scenic driving tour, and for walking or hiking nature trails. Fall fairs and stunning scenery make this a great time of year to treat yourself to a fall escape. During your fall getaway at the Village Inn, you might want to check out the Buckhorn Pumpkin Festival, and the Hand of Man Art and Crafts Show in Peterbrough; the longest running arts festival in the Kawarthas, just two of many popular Kawartha fall events that take place in the region every fall. If you're looking for a mid-week or weekend getaway in Ontario this fall, give us a call. We love to see you at the Village Inn.
People often think of Ontario as a great summer vacation destination and they don't consider just how wonderful an off-season Ontario getaway can be. While summer is a great time to take a vacation in Ontario, the colder months have a lot going for them as well. No need to head south for your vacation, when staying closer to home has also so much to offer. This year, consider an Ontario getaway in the fall or winter months. Ontario inns and lodges offer attractive packages during these times and you can have a wonderful holiday that is only a short drive away. Whether you're looking to get away to do some holiday shopping, enjoy some fun winter activities, or simply relax, the Village Inn in Lakefield has everything you're looking for.
The Kawarthas Lakes region, with miles of rural roads winding through scenic landscapes, is a popular cycling destination for bike tours and bicycling vacations in Ontario. There are several established Kawarthas cycling routes where you can bike gentle rolling hills on back roads, past lakes, villages and towns, with many points of interest along the way. These road cycling routes are signed and include short and long loops with distances that range from 45 to 100 kilometres. The Village Inn of Lakefield provides the ideal base for your Kawartha cycling getaway. For more information on cycling route, visit www.thekawarthas.ca/peterborough-the-kawarthas-classics-road-cycling-routes
If walking or hiking is your thing, than the Kawartha Lakes is the place to vacation in Ontario. The Village of Lakefield is surrounded by dozens of hiking and nature trails of all types that are within a close drive of the Village Inn. While in the Kawarthas you can walk sections of large trails, like the Ganaraska Trail and the TransCanada trail, or send time on the many shorter trails, tracks and loops. There are trails to explore in conservation areas, like the Pigeon River Headwater Conservation Area and the Ken Reid Conservation Area. Visit Balsam Provincial Park and trek both its nature trails, and Emily Provincial Park to walk the Marsh Boardwalk trail, ideal for naturalists, birders and nature-lovers.
Right in Lakefield you will find the Lakefield Trail, a scenic trail network that winds its way through the village. This multiuse trail is 5.5 kilometres in length and is fully accessible. Informative interpretive signs along the path tell the story of Lakefield's history. The Lakefield Trail connects with the TransCanada Trail via the Peterborough County Rotary Trail.