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The City of Kawartha Lakes is located on the northeast border of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and just over an hour from seven major freeways. Who can resist the lure of the Kawartha Lakes with 250 lakes and waterways to enjoy? Linked by the scenic Trent-Severn Waterway for the ultimate boating experience. There are all kinds of recreational choices for boaters, paddlers and anglers. Enjoy the fresh air as you walk, hike, jog, horseback ride, cycle or ski 600 km of scenic trails through the rural landscape.
Trent-Severn Waterway System
Central Ontario's 387 kilometers of waterways utilizing 41 locks, a marine railway and 2 hydraulic lift locks raising navigation, at the Kawartha Lakes, above Lake Ontario by 180 meters and 80 meter above Georgian Bay.
Visit our quaint communities for farmers markets, festivals throughout the year and many historical attractions. Kawartha Lakes.
CLICK on the picture below to enjoy a Tour of the Kawarthas and see why we love the area. It is so close to Toronto for the convenience of a day trip. Come for a day and you will want to come back time and time again. One of the greatest cottage areas in the world!! The Hale Family will take the time to help you find the waterfront cottage or executive home of your dreams. The Hales service Balsam Lake, Cameron Lake, Sturgeon Lake, Four Mile Lake, Shadow Lake and surrounding lakes and rivers on the Trent Severn Waterway.
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In the beautiful City of Kawartha Lakes there exists a nationally significant singularity. In the serene waters of Balsam Lake, in the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway, lies Canada’s highest body of fresh water, at 256.5 metres above sea level, from which one can circumnavigate the world. While there are two higher global navigable rivers, Balsam Lake is the only spot that gives the skipper the choice to go east to the Atlantic Ocean, west to the Pacific Ocean, south to the Caribbean Sea or north to the Arctic Ocean.
In acknowledging this unique hydrologic feature of national significance, the site is being named “Canada’s Fresh Water Summit”. Located at the Municipal Dock in Coboconk, Ontario (coordinates of 44 39.476N – 78 47.815W), identified by Parks Canada, this marks the well known fact as the Balsam Lake Summit along the Trent-Severn Waterway. After the Coon Rapids Dam, Mississippi River in Upper Mississippi (which is considered the limit of commercial navigation) and the Danube River where it connects with the Rhine Main Danube Canal in Kelheim Bavaria, Germany, the next highest point of fresh water is Balsam Lake at Coboconk, in the City of Kawartha Lakes.
An interactive sign and photo opportunity is being erected on the Municipal Dock in Coboconk, Ontario. The City of Kawartha Lakes is excited to officially acknowledge this national hydrologic formation and highlight “Canada’s Fresh Water Summit” sign and attraction unveiling during the Summer Solstice.. This grand event and unveiling included representatives of federal and provincial ministries, conservancies and entertainers who will assisted City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Ric McGee and Council to officially unveil “Canada’s Fresh Water Summit” tourism attraction. The celebration continued with a family street festival.
“You can go around the world by water starting from Balsam Lake and never touch land,” said Tourism Development Officer Margaret Cunningham. It is the only spot that gives the skipper the choice to go east to the Atlantic Ocean, west to the Pacific Ocean, south to the Caribbean Sea or north to the Arctic Ocean.
“There is a large outline of a boat that people can stand in front of to have their picture taken,” said Cunningham. “It’s a fun, family-friendly attraction.”
“We hope this is the beginning of an Annual Summer Solstice event in Coboconk that provides great entertainment and fun for everyone,” said Cunningham. For more information on “Canada’s Fresh Water Summit” please call 1-866-397-6673
Boating north of Toronto vial Lake Ontario or Georgian Bay will take visitors along the Historic Trent-Severn Waterway. The Trent Severn Waterway is a chain of lakes, rivers and canals stretching from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay. See our special page on the Trent System with additional information and map.