Fenelon Falls, "the Jewel of the Kawarthas", is a community of about 1,800 permanent residents that grew up around the 23 ft (7.0 m) waterfalls that were used to power a flour mill. Lumbering and agriculture were important for the village. Fenelon Falls is home to lock 34 on the Trent-Severn Waterway between Sturgeon Lake and Cameron Lake. It is primarily a tourist town and therefore is most active during the summer season.
Fenelon Falls, originally named Cameron's Falls, was renamed after the township, which was named after François de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon, who founded a mission on the Bay of Quinté. In 1876, the Victoria Railway reached Fenelon Falls. In 1885, construction of the lock between Cameron and Sturgeon lake began.
In 2001, the municipal governments of the Town of Lindsay and the Village of Fenelon Falls were dissolved and merged, with Victoria County, into the new City of Kawartha Lakes.
- Tok Coach Lines (formerly Can-ar Coach), toll-free: . One bus a day from Toronto's Union Station to the Town of Haliburton stopping at Lindsay and Fenelon Falls (Hasty Market, 109 Lindsay St., ☏ ). Buy your ticket online before boarding. For a bus equipped with a wheelchair lifts, contact the Dispatch office ☏ ext. 247, at least 72 hours in advance.
Fenelon Falls is 157 km from Toronto east along Highway 401 and north along Highway 35/115.
Highway 28 forms a central spine through the Kawarthas and attractions such as Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Stoney Lake are easily accessible from the highway.
- Kawartha Lakes Taxi, 28 N Bayou Rd., ☏ . in Fenelon Falls.
- 1 Maryboro Lodge, The Fenelon Falls Museum, 50 Oak St, ☏ . Spring and Autumn: Sa Su 1-5PM; Jul Aug: daily 10AM-5PM. Housed in the 1837 squared timber home of James Wallis. The permanent exhibit showcases early life in the Kawarthas with a variety of native and settler artifacts.
- 2 Fenelon Falls. If you're in Fenelon Falls, you must stop to see the falls for which the village was named. They are lovely.
- 3 The Horseless Carriage Museum, 1427 County Road 8 (midway between Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls), ☏ . May-Nov: call ahead for an appointment. A privately-owned museum specializing in pre-1914 transportation and early mechanical technology. It has five century-old vehicles and a 1895 Sawyer & Massey steam traction engine, rare mechanical music machines and an 1890s General Store. by donation.
- The Fenelon Falls Fair. Third weekend in July. Agricultural fair with animal shows, exhibits, midway rides, tractor pulls, demolition derbies, bands and a dance. Daily pass: adults $7, teens $5, public school children $3, pre-school children free, parking $3.
- Victoria Rail Trail. A 55-km trail that stretches from Lindsay 22 km through Cameron to Fenelon Falls, then 33 km to Kinmount. The trail is used year-round for hiking, horseback riding, cycling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The trail follows the former CN rail line. During the summer months the bridge crossing this waterway is swung open to allow boater traffic through. Therefore it is necessary to detour through the downtown and along highway 121. North of Cameron the trail travels towards Ken Reid Conservation Area.
- 1 Grr8 Finds Markets, 27 Colborne St, ☏ . Daily 10AM-5PM. A multi-vendor market with over 5,000 ft² (460 m2) of antiques, collectables and vintage finds. Lots of quality furniture, china, glass and silverware, vintage decor, nostalgia, advertising signs, jewellery.
- 2 Curious?, 10-B Water Street, ☏ . Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 11AM-4PM. Fine art, home décor, body products, jewellery, pottery, toys, bedding.
- 1 The Locker at the Falls, 9 Lindsay Street, ☏ . Su-W 11:30AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-11PM. Burgers, wings, wraps, fish and chips, with a great view of the falls.
- 2 The Cow and Sow Eatery, 38 Colborne St. Summer: Su-Th 11AM-midnight, F Sa 11AM-2AM; Winter: Su-Tu 11AM-10PM, W Th 11AM-11PM, F Sa 11AM-midnight. Salads ($9-13), wings (1 pound $13), ribs ($16 half, $28 full rack), hot dogs and hamburgers ($13-15), poutines ($13-15), sandwiches ($13-14).
- 1 Fenelon Falls Brewing Co., 4 May Street, Fenelon Falls, ☏ . Taproom: M-Th noon-7PM, F Sa noon-10PM, Su noon-5PM. Hand-crafted premium beer made in small batches in a Canadian-made brewhouse in the old village blacksmith's shop. It was founded by a Vietnamese immigrant who arrived in Fenelon Falls in the 1970s with no English, and his Polish-Canadian wife. Available in Fenelon Falls at the LCBO store, Sobeys supermarket and some restaurants.
- 1 Fenelon Inn, 36 Helen Street, ☏ , toll-free: .
- 2 Bridgwood Manor Bed & Breakfast, 1277 County Road 121, Fenelon Falls, ☏ . Double: with shared bath $90, private bath $100. Free Wifi.
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.
- Buckhorn, Lakefield and Stoney Lake
- Lindsay — the main population centre of the City of Kawartha Lakes, 27 km south on Highway 35
- Haliburton Highlands
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