"Uncover the history of the Kawartha Lakes area."

The more interesting local people we talk to, the more we learn about the Kawartha Lakes area and it's history.

a little history about the Kawartha name

"Kawartha" is an Anglicization of the word "Ka-wa-tha" (from "Ka-wa-tae-gum-maug" or Gaa-waategamaag), which was obtained during the 1950s by representatives of the Village of Bobcaygeon from the Elders at Curve Lake.[1] It was hoped that the word Gaa-waategamaag, which means "shining waters" in the Anishinaabe language, would provide a convenient and popular advertising label for the area, much as "Muskoka" had come to describe the area and lakes north of Gravenhurst. found at wikipedia

a little history about Bobcaygeon

Mossum Boyd made a 5800 word essay prepared for publication in 1902 and had the ambitious title - "Play-Ground of the Continent: Kawartha Lakes means Bright Water and Happy Lands, Where Nature Lies in Sweet Abandonment and Laughing Waters Kiss a Hundred Shores." Read more history about Mossum Boyd and the history of Bobcaygeon.

Posted by - Paul Callaway

Boat cruise through the Trent-Severn Waterway
Boat cruise through
the Trent-Severn Waterway
(Locks located in the village
of Fenelon Falls)

I received a very interesting book on my last birthday called "Trent-Severn Waterway Then and Now". It was written by Elizabeth Bower and photography by John McQuarrie published in 2009 by Magic Light Publishing. The book contains many historic and modern pictures and stories about the Trent-Severn Waterway. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like to get the flavour and history of the Kawartha lakes that are on the waterway system. It would be an excellent addition to any boat cruise through the waterway.

More history to come