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“Are We There Yet?” Highway-Based Tourism In Kawartha Lakes

Thousands of cars pass the Kirkfield & District Historical Society’s museum each year as they make their way east and west along Highway 48, known locally as Portage Road. Upon reaching the eastern terminus of Highway 48 at Coboconk, these cars might join the great multitude of vehicles barrelling up and down Highway 35 North.

During the summer months, many of these cars will be carrying people through the small communities of northwestern Kawartha Lakes – places such as Bolsover, Coboconk, Kirkfield, Norland, Rosedale, and Victoria Road.

For more than a century, these villages have welcomed tourists into their campgrounds, hotels, and lodges. They have fed hungry travellers in their diners, restaurants and roadside snack bars. Their garages and gas stations have catered to the needs of motorists venturing into one of Ontario’s most scenic vacation spots.

Inspired by the long history of travel and tourism in this part of the province, “Are We There Yet?” Highway-Based Tourism In Kawartha Lakes recounts the stories of the people, places, businesses, and traditions that made a long trip memorable for young and old alike.

The Kirkfield & District Historical Society is pleased to share these stories, which are sure to rekindle nostalgic memories and introduce a new generation of tourists to northwestern Kawartha Lakes. Let’s get packed up, then, and head out on our journey!  

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"Are We There Yet?" Highway-Based Tourism in Kawartha Lakes
Kirkfield & District Historical Society
Kirkfield, Ontario