Balsam Lake, Kawartha Lakes, ON, Canada

Balsam Lake, Kawartha Lakes, ON, Canada

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Lakeside charm in Balsam Lake

Visitors flock to Balsam Lake for the endless recreational opportunities and charming waterfront villages in the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario. The lake is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway that connects Lake Ontario to Lake Huron, so summer days here are spent out on the water, boating along lakes and canals, soaking up the warm breezes and enjoying picnic lunches on deck. When it comes time to choose your Balsam Lakes vacation rental, you'll find a wealth of options await here, from waterfront bungalows, with docks out to the lake, to cozy cottages and spacious cabins perfect for family getaways.

Boating on Balsam Lake

With nearly 240 miles of connected waterways to explore between the Great Lakes of Ontario and Huron, boating in the Kawartha Lakes region is a must, and Balsam Lake is a great launching point for all sorts of waterfront adventures. Local marinas around the 10-mile lake offer boat rentals to get you started, from pontoons large enough for group outings to paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. Morning excursions near the shore can locate sandy beaches to spread out on, come afternoon. Fishing is a popular activity here, too, and Balsam Lake is stocked with walleye, largemouth bass and muskellunge.

Lakeside villages near Kawartha Lakes

Take some time away from the watersports and swimming activities at your Balsam Lake vacation rental to explore the little villages that dot the shores. Nearby Fenelon Falls sits on a canal on neighboring Cameron Lake, and has a charming small-town feel with its waterfront benches, open-air cafes and walkable streets lined with local boutiques and diners. Be sure to pop into the Fenelon Museum here for artifacts and special exhibits about local history, and the Station Gallery at Fenelon Falls to admire artworks in an 1880s train station. Both attractions operate seasonally, so research opening times before you visit.

Balsam Lake in the summer sun

Long summer days at Balsam Lake are best spent on the water, soaking up the warm sunshine from the deck of a pontoon boat and splashing around in the clear lake at the peak of afternoon heat. This is the busiest season in the Kawartha Lakes region, so be sure to book your Balsam Lake vacation rental early to secure preferred summer dates. If you opt for the shoulder months in spring and fall, you might catch some pleasant days in the 70s, but crisp nights will be perfect for sitting fireside at your rental, playing cards with the family.

Hitting the waterside trails at Balsam Lake

With so many sparkling bodies of water in Kawartha Lakes, the shores of Balsam Lake are a nature-lovers delight. You don't have to venture far to hit the trails here, as Balsam Lake Provincial Park offers scenic walking paths through forested areas and landscapes formed by ancient glaciers. Keep your eyes open for birdlife, as you might spot bluebirds, ospreys, owls and orioles. After a full day of hiking, lounging on the sandy beach and splashing around in the clear waters, it's just a quick drive back to your Balsam Lake vacation rental to rest up for a new day.