Peterborough area accommodation
Historic Village of Lakefield
Conference, wedding & meeting facilities
Romantic country inn atmosphere
90 Minutes North East of Toronto, Ontario
The Village Inn Welcomes you.
Situated in the scenic little village of Lakefield, Ontario, Canada, in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes and comprised of twenty-six rooms and two luxury suites, our charming country inn offers a wonderful balance of old and new, convenience and comfort, historic tradition and modern amenities, all presented in an atmosphere of casual elegance. Spa services are available at the nearby Salon Sorella. Serving Lakefield, Peterborough, Trent University, Lakefield College visitors and the Ontario Kawartha Lakes tourist region, our upscale hotel provides luxurious accommodation, offering a great alternative to Peterborough motels or hotels. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, with your family or on your own, your stay at The Village Inn promises to be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
All of our Kawartha bed and breakfast inn's beautiful guest rooms and suites are tastefully decorated with upscale country cottage furnishings, whimsical colours and antique accents. Queen size pillow top beds with luxurious linens ensure a wonderful night's sleep. Every room has a comfortable sitting area, writing desk, high-speed internet and large screen TV with cable. Other thoughtful amenities include bar fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, thick fluffy towels. In the morning, a delicious continental breakfast is provided. Treat yourself to one of Village Inn's magnificent suites and relax with the additional luxury of a two person whirlpool bath. For our guests who are physically challenged, we offer two fully accessible rooms designed to accommodate wheelchairs. The Village Inn offers only non-smoking accommodations.
Reflecting Lakefield's charm and history, The Village Inn's architecture recaptures days gone by, looking completely at home in its convenient intown 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 restaurants are all within walking distance of the Inn, as are the basic amenities including grocery, hardware and convenience stores, pharmacies and beauty salons. Be sure to check out our specials page
to see what's new at Village Inn.
While at The Village Inn, guests can enjoy traditional pub fare at The Thirsty Loon. Located within our Lakefield, Ontario Inn. The Thirsty Loon is a privately owned Restaurant & Belgium Pub with a casual, yet warm and inviting atmosphere. Along with a terrific selection of delicious and hearty pub fare, The Thirsty Loon also offers a kid friendly menu that is sure to please even the fussiest eater in your family. With a wide selection of Ontario vintages and beer on tap, the pub dining room at Village Inn is perfect place for an after-business get together or to unwind during your stay with us, whether on a Kawartha weekend getaway for two, a family vacation or an Ontario coach tour.
Only kilometers from the city of Peterborough, Canada in one direction and Cottage Country in the other, The Village Inn provides the ideal Kawartha's tourist destination and perfect starting point from which to experience all the highlights of the Kawartha Lakes region. If you are visiting us by boat, the Village Inn is just a short walk away from the Lakefield Marina, providing the perfect place to dock on the Trent-Severn Waterway. While staying with us you might wish to explore the boardwalk along the Katchewanooka River, or bike, hike or roller blade for miles along the Rail Trail. 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 something to interest you whether you stay for a week or a weekend.
In 2000, the City of Lakefield built the Lakefield Trail as a community Millennium project. The trail is 5.5km and weaves its way throughout Lakefield village. The Lakefield Trail offers visitors of Lakefield a chance to learn of the history of the area through informative signs along the way. The trail connects to Lakefield's business section. Walking along the trail is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon while vacationing in the Kawarthas. It 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 the car behind, to enjoy everything that the town has to offer.
The Village Inn of Lakefield is the perfect Ontario resort for those looking for a quieter and more relaxing vacation destination. The historic town of Lakefield offers visitors to the area the charm and tranquility of days gone by. Along with its historic homes, the Village of Lakefield and its surrounding area offers many attractions such as scenic golf courses, cruises along the Trent-Severn waterway, antique shopping, world class fishing on Lake Katchewanooka, or just relaxing in one of The Village Inn's beautifully appointed guest rooms.
Consider the advantages of holding your next business meeting, corporate retreat or company conference at the Village Inn in Lakefield. 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 hotel. And, after your meeting is over, Lakefield and the Kawartha Lakes area offers so much to see and do. 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 last technology, including high-speed Internet connections that permit video conferencing and computer networking. Our Business Meeting and Conference Co-ordinator 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 one hour, 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 close to the GTA 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.
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 Stoney Lake and Clear Lake. These lakes have fishing charter companies that 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 Lakes holiday.
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 will do its best to obtain 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 for a restful overnight stay for motor coach groups and a 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. As well, we would be pleased 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 several 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 destination. The town of Lakefield is a small but cozy township, with plenty to do for any vacationer. If you enjoy shopping, there are quite a few cute and eclectic shops along Lakefield's main street that will catch your eye. Shops like "Stuff" along the main street carry a wide variety of souvenir items and homemade fudges, perfect mementos for your weekend getaway.
The warm charm of our country inn 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. 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, Seniors 65 years of age and over, and local community referrals.
We invite you to come and experience our warm hospitality.
Your Hosts, Vern & Bonnie Hamilton
Innkeeper: Sherry Brundle
The Village Inn is proud to be a member of: Resorts Ontario, Ontario Accommodation Association and the Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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 Village Inn in Lakefield is situated near the Otonabee River. The Otonabee River provides a beautiful setting for a nice walk to get away from the stress of the city life. If you are looking for a weekend getaway far from the smog and commotion of Toronto and the GTA, come up and enjoy the fresh air in Lakefield, Ontario. In addition to the Otonabee River trails, The Lakefield Inn is also close to Katchewanooka Lake, which has its own set of wonderful trails for you to explore.
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 kilometres 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 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 north 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 Kawartha Golf & Country Club is a challenging 18-hole course that is sure to be the highlight of any Kawartha golf weekend or midweek golf getaway. Designed by Stanley Thompson, The Kawartha Golf & Country Club is private golf course that is also open to the public. Call ahead to book your tee time.
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, weaving 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 small 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. Cravings 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 Township, 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 1950. 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.
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. Stony Lake, or Stoney 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. The best way to see Stony Lake is from the water and the easiest way to do this is on a Stony Lake sightseeing cruise. A Stony Lake cruise is a lovely way to spend an afternoon or evening while on your Kawartha vacation at the Village Inn. There are a number of scenic cruises to chose from that explore Stony Lake and connecting Clear Lake. The 135 passenger steamboat replica the Chippeawa II takes visitors on a tour of some of the most interesting places on the lake, including St Peter's Church on the Rock, the 22-acre Ronnie Hawkins estate and Davis Island. Cruise options include sightseeing tours, lunch cruises, a dinner and dancing cruise and fall colours cruises. The Village Inn's Summer Couples Package includes a romantic evening dinner cruise aboard the Stony Lake Cruise boat.
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 you 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.