Located in Selwyn Township, the village of Lakefield is roughly 15 minutes north of Peterborough and 1.5 hours to the GTA. Situated along the Trent Severn Waterway, it is uniquely positioned between the Otonabee River and Katchewanooka Lake and has been dubbed the Gateway to Kawartha Cottage Country.

Built on culture and an events-rich foundation, Lakefield is packed with old school charm and activities to keep both local residents and visitors busy and entertained. Local festivals include the Lakefield Literary Festival and the Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival, both of which centre on sharing and celebrating local goods and achievement. The annual Lakefield Agricultural Fair is a great way for families to get out and mingle while enjoying local entertainment. Lakefield also supports a strong interest in local sports, most notably with the success of the Lakefield Chiefs.

Come and experience the mixture of small town charm and local amenities that make Lakefield a vibrant and welcoming destination.

Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival

Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day by the Otonabee River in the Village of Lakefield in early July each year. At the Lakefield Jazz, Art and Craft Festival, you and your family can enjoy some great jazz and blues music, local fresh food, local craft beer and 30+ artisan booths!

Lakefield College School

Situated on a 155-acre wood and waterfront campus, Lakefield College School is a private day and boarding school. Founded in 1879, LCS is built on a strong foundation of history and heritage, whose mission is “to challenge and enable students to reach their individual potential in mind, body and spirit”.


There are many recreational activities to keep you and your family entertained.

Looking for antique items, you will definitely find them in the many quaint shops of the region. The Otonabee River offers a chance to wander the boardwalk, the rail trail can be used for hiking or cycling. The parks are outstanding. They are waterfront parks ensuring you get the bliss you need when you are looking for a relaxing getaway at the park.

The region’s restaurants provide delicious meals and Lakefield also offers a perfect place for golfing ensuring golfers showcase their skills. The museums and galleries provide a good chance for cultural growth. The beach gives a chance for a relaxing moment and a chance to enjoy the breeze and sunlight. There is an annual jazz, art and craft festival at Isabel Morris Park that is held every summer. The Children’s Stage Lakefield offers a chance to see dance, theatre and music performances.


Ennismore and Smith Townships were merged and formed Township of Smith-Ennismore on January 1 1998. On 1st January 2001 there was the amalgamation of the formerly independent Village of Lakefield with the Township of Smith-Ennismore and a bit of Douro-Dummer Township after a Minister’s order hence creating the current form of the township. Lakefield was formally referred to as Smith Ennismore Lakefield after which it passed by law renaming itself to Selwyn in 2012 and the change was officiated on January 15 2013. This was after a township council voted for a selection of a new name.

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