A car with two kayaks on the roof drives through downtown Lakefield

Things to Do in & Around Lakefield

Visit our Trip Planner

  • Search for “Lakefield” on our Trip Planner and you’ll get plenty of options and ideas to connect your adventures along the Trent Severn Waterway.
  • For assistance planning your trip, reach out to the trained travel counsellors at Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism. Click here for contact info.

Screenshot of Lakefield trip planner

Where to Stay

  • When on the Trent Severn, stay on the Trent Severn. Rent a houseboat and live life on the waterway! Find your way to the three houseboat rental options here.
  • The Village Inn is charming & convenient, right downtown.
  • The Lakefield Park & Campground is located on a peninsula, offering a perfect combination of shady forest and sunny waterfront views. The sandy beach and playground are perfect for summertime fun, a top destination for local families as well as travelers!
  • Get off the grid with a multi-day guided canoe trip with The Land Canadian Adventures

Move Yourself

  • Lakefield is located right on the Trent Severn Waterway, so there are plenty of fun ways to get around town!
  • Want to get on the water? Rent at Adventure Outfitters and get out on the Trent Severn Waterway!
  • The Lakefield Marina puts your boat right at the heart of the community, so that’s definitely a convenient docking spot!
  • Lock 26 is at the south end of town and is one of the few manual locks that preserve the Trent-Severn Waterway as it originally functioned.
  • Discover beautiful riverside hiking, biking, and picnicking options along the shores of the Otonabee River. For the more adventurous cyclist, consider a round-trip to Peterborough along the riverside trails and backroads: click here for ideas, links to local cycling clubs, and more!

Where to Stay

Must-see & Must-do

  • Perfect sunset views are available from the Lakefield Marina, Isabel Morris Park, and the Lakefield Trail. Prepare a picnic & settle in for a natural evening show.
  • Fishing is excellent on Lake Katchewanooka, with numerous stories (and facts) of record-breaking muskie, bass, perch, and more.

Savour the Seasons

  • Get your fresh, local food & treats at the Lakefield Farmers’ Market. It’s open Thursdays from 9am-1pm from late May through to early October.
  • McLean’s Berry Farm and the Buckhorn Berry Farm are nearby with great local produce, treats, and seasonal family fun ranging from berry picking to Pumpkinfest! Check their websites for hours & dates for “pick-your-own” events.

Eats & Treats

  • For a great lunch or dinner, check out the Canoe and Paddle. Don’t forget the Stuff’d Ice Cream, Bakery and Café (a Butter Tart Tour destination) is right next door!
  • The Nutty Bean Café is a great place to pick up a butter tart and a sandwich for your picnic. They are one of the over 50 stops on the Butter Tart Tour.
  • The Cassis Bistro is your cozy French dining experience in small-town Ontario, and a great option for take-out salads. (Picnic anyone?)

View our Lakefield video here. Share your own tips & favourite ideas and tag us @PerfectWknds or @KawarthasNorthumberland.

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