Fenelon Falls – The Jewel of the Kawarthas
Known as "The Jewel of the Kawarthas," Fenelon Falls is located on the shores of Cameron Lake in the centre of the Kawartha Lakes region in Ontario, Canada. A charming village with a lively community and population of approximately 2,000 permanent residents, Fenelon Falls buzzes with tourists and cottage dwellers in the summertime. It’s a popular destination for quick getaways and family vacations, offering plenty of opportunity for activities and relaxation. With its historic architecture, beautiful natural surroundings, and close proximity to Toronto, visitors often find themselves browsing Fenelon Falls real estate for sale in hopes of securing their own piece of Kawartha’s jewel.
History of Fenelon Falls
Incorporated in 1874 with the extension of the Victoria Railway line (which later became the Grand Trunk Railway), the village of Fenelon Falls was named after François de Salignac de La Mothe-Fénelon. The actual falls themselves were called Cameron’s Falls prior to that, but the name changed after the town was incorporated.
Visitors and new property owners can learn more about the history of Fenelon Falls and 19th century life in the Kawarthas at Maryboro Lodge: The Fenelon Museum. Housed in the square-timber home built in 1837 for James Wallis, the man responsible for building the local sawmill, the museum is open seasonally from May through October.
A Quaint Village in the Centre of Cottage Country
Home to Lock 34 on the historic Trent-Severn Waterway between Sturgeon Lake and Cameron Lake, the village of Fenelon Falls has unmistakable charm and cottage country appeal, making real estate in the area a hot commodity. With its natural limestone walkways and eclectic mix of shops and converted period residences, spending time in the village is just as enjoyable as strolling up the path to the falls. While the falls are not immediately visible from downtown, a walk along the north band of Fenelon River reveals a glimpse of their beauty as they spill into the limestone gorge.
Local Family-Friendly Activities
Those thinking of purchasing real estate in Fenelon Falls will love the abundance of activities and surrounding green space. In addition to the falls and the museum, the village offers endless opportunities for enjoying a taste of laid-back cottage country living. In town, visitors and locals can choose from a variety of retail and dining options and antique shops plus many health and wellness services along the main street. There’s also a community beach, park and picnic area just steps away.
Another popular destination among locals and visitors alike is the Victoria Rail Trail, which passes through the centre of town. Once the old railway line that was abandoned in 1983, it’s now a great trail for walking, cycling or riding ATVs and snowmobiles, depending on the season.
In the summertime, the Fenelon Falls Agricultural Society puts on several events that are fun for the whole family. These include the Fenelon Agricultural Fair held on the fairgrounds in mid-August, a car show, steam show and jamboree. Music lovers flock to The Fenelon Falls Blues Festival, and other popular events in the area include the Canada Day Celebrations, complete with a fireworks display, and the Kawartha Arts Festival.
Even more cottage country fun is just a short drive away. Fenelon Falls is close to other popular destinations including Bobcaygeon and Coboconk.
Fenelon Falls Real Estate
For people interested in moving to Fenelon Falls or owning a vacation property in the vicinity, the average selling price for waterfront properties in the area in 2014 was approximately $410,000.
There are about 1,700 waterfront or vacation properties in the Fenelon Falls area (570 vacation properties on Cameron Lake and 1,150 on Sturgeon Lake).
With its charming mix of historic cottage country appeal, variety of retail options and abundance of activities, investing in Fenelon Falls real estate is hard to resist. Visit this Jewel of the Kawarthas and see for yourself!
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