Kawartha Lakes Community

The northern Kawartha Lakes is a postcard for the rugged beauty that central Ontario has to offer.

The former townships of Laxton/Digby/Longford, Carden and Dalton make up this area, where urban life gives way to rural tranquility. It's a getaway to vast natural areas with rare ecological bird sanctuaries and provincially protected greenspace, far closer than going to the Muskokas.

Birdlife International designates the Carden Plain or Alvar as an Important Bird Area and one of the last strongholds of the Loggerhead Shrike, a tiny, endangered bird. Carden is vital for the survival of the species and efforts have been made there to increase their numbers by releasing birds into the area.

There is no road access to the far north, but it's accessible by air and trails, making it a hunting, fishing and camping paradise. All of Longford and much of Digby and Dalton is protected by Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park.

The area is accessible by Highways 35/115 and Portage Road, which connects with Highway 7/12 in Durham Region to the west.

Courtesy of the Lindsay Post