Destination guide

Bright waters and happy lands

Just under 2 hours from Toronto, Kawartha Lakes – whose name comes from a word meaning bright waters and happy lands – is a collection of charming rural communities nestled among numerous lakes and rivers. Miles of meandering trails beckon cyclists, hikers, and horseback riders alike to explore the stunning landscape and enjoy the abundance of wildlife that calls the region home. When the bright snows of winter arrive, these trails are transformed into runs for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. After a day of adventuring, Kawartha Lakes vacation rentals are cozy places to relax before heading to an outdoor theater for a night under the stars.

Things to do

Legendary artists and ancient beliefs in Kawartha Lakes

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail is an old railway bed that has been turned into a stunning recreational corridor that meanders through wetlands, farmlands, woodlands, and rural communities, affording walkers a behind-the-scenes look at Kawartha Lakes. Meanwhile, you can explore the rich heritage and artistic talent of the region on the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail. It leads to artisan studios and craft shops, galleries, and places to meet local legends, mingle with creative types, and buy some unique souvenirs.


Ice fishing and farmers’ markets in Kawartha Lakes

As snow begins to fall and ponds freeze over in Kawartha Falls, winter festivities begin. Nearby hills are a magnet for snowboarders and skiers, while those who like a slower pace of activity can head to a lake for ice skating, ice fishing, or a rousing game of ice fishing. For warmer fun, there are artists to meet and galleries to visit. When the snow melts, Kawartha vacation rentals are a welcoming home base for shopping local farmer's markets, taking in a round of golf, or spending a leisurely day on the sparkling waters of the lake fishing for walleye, muskie, and bass.


Summer kayaking and winter skiing

With sun-drenched summers and snowy winters, Kawartha Lakes is a playground for lovers of the wilderness. As the sun sparkles across lakes and rivers, kayaks and canoes are peaceful ways to navigate the watery pathways that meander through the woods and around islands. Once the freeze of winter settles in, it's time to hit the trails with snowshoes and cross-country skis, or charter a trip with savvy local fishermen. Adventurers can rent snowmobiles to explore the woods and catch a glimpse of local wildlife. On cold nights, you’ll relish warming up by a crackling fire in Kawartha Lakes vacation rentals.

Natural features

Wilderness beauty and bird-watching

Nestled in a lush rural region north of Lake Ontario and east of Lake Huron, Kawartha Lakes is close to pristine lakes and fragrant pine forests. Nearby Algonquin Provincial Park stuns with rocky ridges, crystal-clear lakes, and hills covered with maple trees that turn brilliant colors every fall, while the Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands offer a true wilderness for adventurers to explore as they chart their own trails. Bird-lovers will find endless delight at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, where they can spot great blue herons and osprey, scarlet tanagers, and common nighthawks. Bring your binoculars and feast your eyes on nature at its most liberated.

Can I find a vacation rental around Kawartha Lakes?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 472 vacation rentals near Kawartha Lakes. From 228 Cottages to 228 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kawartha Lakes for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Kawartha Lakes?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kawartha Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Toronto: 2,055 vacation rentals
  • Muskoka Lakes: 623 vacation rentals
  • Huntsville: 411 vacation rentals
  • Gravenhurst: 483 vacation rentals
  • Lake Ontario: 2,994 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Kawartha Lakes! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Kawartha Lakes?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kawartha Lakes:

  • Toronto: 2,055 rentals
  • Huntsville: 411 rentals
  • Gravenhurst: 483 rentals
  • Bracebridge: 686 rentals
  • Orillia: 87 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Kawartha Lakes?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Kawartha Lakes are:

  • Peterborough Airport (YPQ): 118 vacation rentals
  • Oshawa Airport (YOO): 72 vacation rentals
  • Buttonville Municipal Airport (YKZ): 1,987 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Kawartha Lakes?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Kawartha Lakes. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Fenelon Falls: 232 rentals
  • Lakefield Lock: 235 rentals
  • Muskoka Bay Golf Course: 396 rentals
  • Cobourg Beach: 45 rentals
  • Haliburton Highlands Museum: 210 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kawartha Lakes listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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