Kawartha Lakes Community
Little Britain/Oakwood

Known as the sporting capital of the Kawarthas, LIttle Britain has long acted as the gateway to the region for visitors from Durham Region and Toronto.

Although baseball remains hugely popular here, hockey is the real sport of choice in the area with the Junior 'C' Merchants finding homeice at the LIttle Britain Community Centre.

Tradition runs deep here. Early settlers took advantage of the rich soil, which made for plentiful harvests, and commerce soon followed.

Harrison Haight was one of the initial settlers when he built the first mill in 1834.

Robert Ferguson Whiteside built a general store in 1853, where a meeting was held the folowing year to decide a name for the community. Whiteside suggested Elm Grove but ultimately, Canda Post assigned the community the name Little Britain.

Oakwood, which sits just a few kilometres up Eldon Road, was named by settler James Tift - who arrived in 1833 - for the massive white oak forest that once covered the area.

Today, many of those trees have been replaced by pasture and homes.

The Oakwood Community Centre home of the annual fall fair, is a popular event in the area. The village also features several other quality businesses.

Located right on Highway 7, Oakwood offers the pastoral beauty of country living while only being a short drive from the services or urban Lindsay.

Courtesy of the Lindsay Post
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