In 1828 John Hall purchased property on either side of the rapids at Buckhorn Lake. He constructed a dam and milling complex to attract settlers, and the settlement became known as Hall’s Rapids. The mill was eventually replaced by the Buckhorn Lock, part of the historic Trent Severn Waterway.
Today Buckhorn boasts easy access to many stunning lakes in the Kawarthas and the Trent Severn Waterway. Just a short two-hour drive from Toronto and only 25 minutes from Peterborough, it is excellent for weekend getaways.
The area offers many art galleries, antique stores, cultural events and attractions.
Its natural beauty inspires outdoor living with year-round activities that include boating, water sports, fishing, hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and camping. Most resorts are open year-round and offer event and conference spaces for family and work getaways.
You’ll find local casual and fine dining, menus featuring ‘farm to table’ that use only the freshest seasonal produce. The weekly Farmer’s Market allows visitors to buy fresh local produce and inspire their own menus. Buckhorn is a smaller village compared to Lakefield, which is 15 minutes to the south. It’s a scenic stop – be sure to take in the sights as the boats travel through the Locks that separate Lower Buckhorn and Upper Buckhorn lakes.
The Buckhorn General Store
Buckhorn Ice Cream Parlour
Trude’s Cottages & Tackle Shop
Remedy’s Rx – Buckhorn Pharmacy
Buckhorn Home Hardware
Country Mart Homemade Baked Goods
Style Your Nest
Gallery on the Lake
Big Bald Lake