Welcome to Lindsay
- Lindsay is on the beautiful Kawartha Trans Canada Trail. Most of this trail is based on old rail lines, which means it is relatively flat and great for riding and hiking. In 2017 we met up with an Ontario By Bike tour group going from Lindsay to Peterborough along this trail, and they were loving the route. Many of them had been on all the guided tours that year and ranked this as #1 or #2! The lookout from Doube’s Trestle Bridge is stunning!
- The Victoria Rail Trail is another great rail trail (recently re-surfaced) that stretches north from Lindsay into Kinmount.
- The Wilson Boardwalk runs from the picturesque Old Mill ruin north to Wellington Street. The stone ruin is the remnant of the Old Mill that was built in 1869, destroyed by fire in 1978.
- The Old Mill Park is also right beside Lock 33 of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Back in 1844, this was the first timber lock completed in the entire waterway. They still use timber today, and this lock features a unique double gate system that allows smaller vessels to transit without using as much water.
- Just north of Lindsay is the beautiful Ken Reid Conservation Area, home to migratory birds and a great diversity of wildlife. This is a beautiful spot to explore at any time of year!
- Are you feeling the need, the need for speed? Head to the Lindsay 500 for some go cart racing!
Must-see & Do
- The Olde Gaol Museum offers a wealth of local history and intrigue.
- Lindsay will host the “Kawartha Cup” of Snowcross Racing on February 17-18, 2018.
- Check out the “Classics on Kent” car show in early July.
- The Lindsay Ribfest is a tasty event that happens in August.
- Watch for the “Lindsay Ex” in September, the 4th-largest fall fair in Ontario.
Eats & Treats
- 2 Butter Tart Tour destinations: the Corner Bites Eatery and Boiling Over’s Coffee Vault!
- Taste some local craft brews at the Pie Eyed Monk Brewery.
- The Olympia Restaurant, Café & Bar has been a landmark in Lindsay for over 100 years. This is your destination for great Mediterranean cuisine.
- Pane Vino Trattoria & Wine Bar offers a modern interpretation of Italian cuisine. Built upon strong relationships with local farmers, the menu features locally-grown ingredients from within the region.
- Kawartha Dairy Barn in Lindsay at 71 Russell Street West. Two words: “Moose Tracks.”
- Elm Creek Chocolates is where you’ll discover “an old world style chocolatier, a creator of tasty, melt in your mouth, Belgian Couverture Chocolates.” ‘Nuff said. They’re located at 73 Kent Street West.
- ShirLee’s Bakery is a family-run business located in the heart of Lindsay. The bakery has been in Lindsay for over 100 years, though it has changed names & hands a few times. Pies, tarts, brownies, cookies, buns, bread – it’s all here, fresh & baked daily!
Performance & Fine Arts
- You can connect your arts experience along the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail! Full details are here.
- The Academy Theatre for Performing Arts was built as a “modern opera house” in 1892 and it is still the cultural home of the community.
- During the summer months Lindsay hosts free “Concerts in the Park” at the Frank Banks Gazebo in Victoria Park on Wednesday evenings form 7pm and Sunday afternoons from 2pm.
- Art on Kent is a co-operative exhibition space funded by member artists. Touch base with them to see what this month’s exhibit is. Stop by to enjoy the exhibit, and check out the for-sale artworks, artist’s cards, reproductions, and smaller gift items!
- CJ’s Gallery is a seasonal gallery that showcases the art of CJ herself and selected other artists.
Where to Stay
- Check out our Trip Planner for all the options!
- The new Day’s Inn and Suites is a great (bike-friendly!) place to stay. They even have a salt-water pool!
- The Admiral Inn & Conference Centre is located just west of downtown Lindsay.