A charmed life that could be yours

Summertime in Bobcaygeon. Boaters relax on main street patios before heading back to their houseboats or yachts and the next stop along the Trent Severn Waterway. Some of them come from as far away as the Bahamas and Florida to enjoy a farm-to-table meal, some shopping and the ambiance of this picturesque village. Bobcaygeon combines the best of country life with the kind of sophisticated amenities you might see in a city, from freshly roasted organic coffee to microbrews to upscale brands of clothing and home décor. And let’s not forget ice cream. Kawartha Dairy, renowned for its ice cream, started right here in the 1930s.

The site of the Trent Severn Waterway’s first lock, Bobcaygeon sits on three islands at the narrows of two lakes. Explorer Champlain said the forests were the finest he had seen when he passed through in the 1600s. Centuries later, a settlement grew up as Scottish, Irish, English and Loyalists arrived in the area to log and farm.

Anglo-Celtic heritage still flourishes in the countryside. Tour family-owned farms during the annual FarmFest and discover organic apple orchards, sheep farming and horseback riding. Seasonal roots-themed events include the lively Ontario Open Fiddle and Stepdancing Competition hosted annually in Bobcaygeon. Don’t miss the home baking, tractor pull and Saturday night dance at the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair. At Kawartha Settlers’ Village next door to Highland Green, you’ll find activities like a craft beer and food festival, haunted Halloween and the Festival of Trees in November.

Boating, beachcombing, fishing, golfing, cycling, hiking and swimming are all part of the fun. In winter, enjoy snowmobiling, skating, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and ice-fishing on the lake.

Come visit Highland Green. There’s no end of things to discover.