Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

July 20, 2022

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Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park:

is a memorable place with many opportunities to experience the outdoors ranging from backcountry canoeing and camping to a short hike.  Open all year long, for exciting adventures in any season. designated as a provincial park in 2005 and became operational in 2011. The park is about two hours from the Toronto Area. There is no official visitor’s center, if you plan on camping in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park be prepared to canoe to one of the over 100 campsites within the park. Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park has six recommended canoe loops. They range from easy to moderate in difficulty. In the fall, the maple trees beam with vibrant red colours and the poplars with vibrant yellows.

Visitors can enjoy:

  • shorter hikes
  • fishing
  • birdwatching
  • other nature-based activities


Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is the second-largest park in southern Ontario next to Algonquin provincial park, making it a great alternative to avoid the crowded and often difficult-to-book Algonquin Provincial Park.


The park spans four geographic townships:

  • Cavendish
  • Harvey
  • Burleigh
  • Anstruther in the northern half of Peterborough County.


Situated along the southern edge of the Canadian Shield, this relatively undeveloped area encompasses over 35,000 hectares.

Regional topography features a rugged rolling landscape of:

  • small lakes
  • wetlands
  • forests with wooded hills
  • rocky barrens
  • deep valleys


There are over 500 private properties surrounded by Kawartha Highlands. The most significant cottage development occurs on:

  • Anstruther Lake
  • Wolf Lake
  • Loon Call Lake
  • Long Lake


None of these properties are regulated as part of the park, and all are governed by municipal by-laws and other applicable legislation and regulations. As a natural environment park, Kawartha Highland’s focus is the protection of its landscapes and natural surroundings

Some acceptable wilderness activities include:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing/Ice fishing
  • Boating
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling
  • Camping (both in summer and winter)
  • Wildlife viewing

Visitors are encouraged to try their luck on any of the 17 stocked trout lakes in the park.

The park’s lakes are home to a wide range of fish species including:

  • Lake Trout
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Walleye
  • Small and Largemouth Bass
  •  Panfish

The park is also home to a variety of other animals made up of:

176 bird species such as:

  • Osprey
  • Whip-Poor-Will
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Scarlet Tanager
  •  Eastern Towhee

About 37 mammal species such as:

  • Eastern Wolves
  • coyotes
  • mink
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Black bears

29 species of reptiles and amphibians for example:

  • Spotted Salamander
  • Eastern Rat Snake
  • Northern Water Snake
  • Snapping Turtle
  • Leopard frog


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Royal Heritage Realty, Brokerage

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