Originally a series of towns and hamlets, the city of Kawartha Lakes was formed in 2001 and incorporates the town of Lindsay, as well as other smaller municipalities, into a city of 73,000.
As a hub for tourists in summer, Kawartha Lakes is known for its breathtaking natural environment, fresh air, relaxing nature and friendly people. The city's name comes from an Anishinaabe word meaning "land of reflections," that was later adapted by the city to mean "bright waters and happy lands." In addition to numerous beaches, provincial parks and conservation areas, Kawartha Lakes offers attractions such as the Trent-Severn Waterway as well as museums and theatres. Though tourism is a major source for the economy, agriculture, retail, construction, medicine and agri-food services are also significant sectors.
With recreational opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, fishing, hunting, boating, and golfing, the city of Kawartha Lakes is your year-round outdoor playground.