Owning a waterfront Kawartha cottage is a bucket list item for many people, and understandably so. The Kawartha Lakes region is among one of the most breathtaking places in the province of Ontario–and all of Canada for that matter–offering the best of everything cottage country living has to offer. Just a short drive away from Toronto (about 1.5 hours), it’s not only a great destination for those who want to get away from the bustle of big city life at any time of year. It's also the top choice for a lot of people looking for a pleasant place to retire.
If you've ever visited the region lovingly referred to as 'the Kawarthas,' you're likely familiar with the gorgeous natural surroundings. With over 200 lakes, pristine beaches, several provincial parks, conservation areas, diverse wildlife and a wide variety of greenery, the Kawarthas are a popular destination for those who want to connect with nature.
Boating, hiking, swimming, cycling or even just going for a Sunday drive can open your eyes to the natural wonders of the Kawarthas. Hikers, walkers and runners will love the several long trails in the area. The Victoria Rail Trail runs along the old railway line and can accommodate ATVs in the summer and snowmobiles in the winter. The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail runs 44 kilometres, winding through the Kawartha Lakes and offering some great off-road opportunities on a flat grade.
If part of your ideal cottage country experience includes observing Ontario's wildlife, you'll love visiting places like the Altberg Wildlife Sanctuary Reserve near Norland, which is the largest reserve under protection of Ontario Nature. The reserve consists of forests and wetlands spanning 1164 acres, and is home to a variety of bird species, red-shouldered hawks, moose, beaver and deer, in addition to diverse greenery and unique flowers.
When you're not simply admiring the expansive water bodies, multitude of tree species and other earthly creations, there's plenty to see and do in the region, making an even stronger case for those looking for a Kawartha cottage for sale. Fishing is hugely popular on the waters of the Kawarthas, and fishing charter companies offer many options for amateur and advanced anglers alike. Boat rentals are also available for those with enough experience to navigate the interconnected lakes, streams and rivers on their own.
Antique shopping is another popular activity in the area, with quaint antique shops on the main streets in many of the Kawartha Lakes villages. Since this region of Canada is located along the historic railway line and Trent-Severn Waterway, many of the villages throughout the Kawarthas have interesting stories to tell. Strolling the streets and looking at the period homes and old architecture is just as fascinating as browsing the many vintage items that line the shelves at the antique stores–perfect for decorating your Kawartha cottage.
Several charming villages can be found throughout the Kawartha Lakes, including popular destinations like Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Coboconk, and Norland, to name a few. Each of these communities offers a plethora of amenities including diverse dining options, retail shops and wellness services. Many of these communities organize annual events that are fun for all ages and attract visitors from far and wide, such as the Kawartha Arts Festival and the Fenelon Blues Festival.
As you can probably guess, real estate in the Kawartha Lakes region is something many people wish they owned. The good news is there are plenty of waterfront properties coming up for sale every year. If Kawartha cottages are on your radar, the best time to shop for your dream cottage is now! The nicest cottages, especially the ones on the waterfront, are snatched up quickly after they are listed.
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