Kawartha Lakes Community
Kinmount/Burnt River

The beauty and rolling hills of the northeast corner of Kawartha Lakes is simply unmatched in most parts of Ontario.

With the scenic Burnt River winding its way through the village, Kinmount offers some of the most exciting community events one could ever experience.

The Kinmount Fair is an annual draw for both locals and tourists from across Canada, while regular artisan events and the farmers' market also exemplify the tiny community's cultural strengths.

The population swells in the summer-time here on the edge of the Haliburton HIghlands as cottagers come back to their summer getaways.

The power of community can be seen here in several projects in the village. The local planning and economic committee is putting this hamlet on the map.

The group of locals has spearheaded several major community projects, including the Austin Sawmill Heritage Park, where flowers and streetlights line the Burnt River. The old Austin sawmill has been restored as a working model to highlight the regions's past in the lumber industry.

Kinmount is also home to one of the more interesting entertainment facilities you will see, thanks to the Highlands Cinemas. With five theatres and 550 seats, the cinema has more seats than the community has people. Movies are shown from May to Thanksgiving.

Another interesting place to visit is the Kinmount Artisans' Marketplace, where locally-made works of art can be purchased.

Kinmount is also a traffic hub, with routes including Monck Road (extends west to Orillia), Country Road 503 (goes east to Bancroft) and Country Road 121, which moves north to Minden.

Further south, off Highway 121, Burnt River offers residents recreational and cultural endeavours by the shores of the waterway.

Service clubs, church groups and sports teams keep residents busy year-round, thanks to the dedication of community volunteers.

Settler John Hunter built the first mill in town in 1861. Much of the community was destroyed in a massive fire in 1890.

The local fire hall still plays a very active role in the community today, and volunteers have even restored an antique fire truck that they can now proudly show to visitors.

Smaller communities in the Burnt River area include Dongola, Watsons and Union Creek.

Courtesy of the Lindsay Post
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