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Bobcaygeon is a community pf about 3,500 people (2016) in the Kawarthas region of central Ontario. Built on three islands, it was settled in 1832.


Its lock was the first built on the Trent-Severn Waterway. It has about 3,000 permanent residents and another 12,000 in the surrounding areas. It is one of the country's primary retirement communities. Taken from the Algonquin language, the name Bobcaygeon means "shallow rapids".

It is well-known in Canada because in 1998, the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip immortalized Bobcaygeon in their hit single that takes its name from the village.

Get in[edit]

It is 36 km north of Lindsay along Highway 36. The nearest public transportation is a PMCL bus from Toronto that stops 17 km away in Fenelon Falls. Kawartha Lakes Taxi in Fenelon Falls may take you to Bobcaygeon, +1 705 928-1413, but call to confirm (Sept 2017).

Get around[edit]


  • Kawartha Settlers Village, 85 Dunn Street (north of the commercial district just off the road to Fenelon Falls), +1 705-738-6163. May-September daily 10AM-4PM. A collection of over 20 historic homes and buildings from 1830 – 1935.
  • Boyd Heritage Museum, 21 Canal St. East, +1 705-738-9482. Jul-Aug: W-Su 11AM-4PM; May-Jun & Sep: Sa 11AM-3PM, Su 1PM-3PM. Located in the Boyd Lumber Office built in 1889, this community museum explores the history of one of the area's founding families. The Boyd family's influence on the community and their lumbering and agricultural interests across Canada as examined. $5, under 12 free.



  • Bigley Shoes has made Bobcaygeon a destination for shoppers with 7 locations on Bolton Street and Canal Street West selling shoes, clothing and housewares


  • Just for the Halibut, 17 King St East, +1 705 738-4545. W-Su 11AM-8PM; F Sa 11AM-9PM. A popular restaurant for fish and chips, steaks, etc. 15 beers from local craft breweries on tap. Take-out available. 2-piece haddock & chips $15.25, burgers $10-14, steaks $18-29.
  • Water's Edge Restaurant, 50 Canal St. East, +1 705 738-1802. Pretty setting beside the river. Free parking for cars and boats. Open April-October. Lunch: main dishes $14-16. Dinner: mains from $20.


In Bobcaygeon:

  • Bobcaygeon Inn, 31 Main St. (A short walk north of the main part of the village across the channel and the river), +1 705 738 5433, toll-free: +1 800 900 4248. The Inn offers a full service menu in its restaurant, or sit on the patio for refreshment in the summer. $90-145.
  • Stoneyhurst Motel, 1 Main St. (A short walk north of the main part of the village across the channel), +1 705 738-2371, e-mail: . Catering to visiting sport fishers, all units are equipped with propane stove top, microwave, coffee maker, toaster, dishes, kettle, bedding and towels, pots and pans, fridge, 3-piece bathrooms, cable TV, and outdoor barbecues. May Jun Sep Oct: single $80, double $95, triple $110, quad $125; add $5 per room in July and Aug; plus taxes. Sa to Sa weekly rates available at less than 5 times the daily rates.
  • New Rockland Motel, 3 Canal St East (just off Bolton St (the main street) by the lock), +1-705-738-4300, toll-free: +1-877-422-4864, e-mail: .
  • On Front St. East, there are several camps of rentals cottage available during the summer.

Stay safe[edit]

Blue-green algae is a toxic form of algae that can be an occasional problem in this region. Do not swim or wade in water where this algae is present, do not drink the water, and do not let pets in the water. Blooms most commonly occur in late summer and early fall. They thrive in areas where the water is shallow, slow moving and warm, but they may be present in deeper, cooler water. Dense blue-green algae blooms may make the water look bluish-green, or like green pea soup or turquoise paint. Very dense blooms may form solid-looking clumps. Fresh blooms often smell like newly mown grass, while older blooms may smell like rotting garbage.

Poison ivy is common in wooded areas. All parts of poison ivy, including the roots, contain a poisonous substance which causes an irritating inflammation of the skin of most people, the inflamed areas frequently developing blisters and accompanied by intense itchiness.

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