Kawartha Lakes Community
Omemee/Downeyville

Located right in the middle of the two largest communities in the Kawarthas - Lindsay and Peterborough - Omemee is literally a hub of actviity.

With HIghway 7 as its main street, the village has plenty of recreational opportunities.

Pigeon Lake is to the northeast, and the Pigeon River, which winds its way through the village, is used by boaters and waterfowl alike.

Every summer, anglers can be found at the boat launch and dam looking to hook into that big pickerel.

Camping fun is also available from May to October at Emily Provincial Park to the east, while the Emily Tract Forest offers loop trails for hikers and bicyclists to take in the wildlife and pine forest.

The area also features glacial moraines and eskers, which are deposits left by the streams that flowed under and within the glaciers.

The Omemee Curling Club is always helping enthusiasts of the sport hone their sills while serving as avenue for many other community organizations, such as the Omemee and District Lioness Club, as well as weddings and dances.

Just north of the village on Sturgeon Road sits the Emily-Omemee Community Centre, which features public skating in the winter and a baseball diamond for use in the summer.

Omemee is also home to several church congregations, as well as a variety of service and non-profit organizations such as the hortiultural society, historical society, Lion's Club, Girl Guides, Scouts and Omemee Business and Community Improvement Association.

Omemee takes its name from the Ojibawa word meaning "pigeon".

North of the village sits the hamlet of Downeyville, which has a rich Irish heritage. This is celebrated annually in the form of a jamboree.

Mostly farmland, the Omemee and Downeyville area specializes in beef and dairy production along with plantings of soybean, corn and spring grain crops. Family farms have flourished here since the 1800s and many of the residents are actually descendants of those early settlers.

Courtesy of the Lindsay Post
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