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The Township of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield is the largest Township in the County of Peterborough and is situated in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes Region, bordered almost entirely by lakes. The Township is largely a rural community with three distinct urban centres, those being Lakefield, Bridgenorth, and Ennismore.
The County of Peterborough is known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful settings in the Kawarthas tourism region. The area has a multitude of recreational opportunities, a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care, and excellent schools – including two outstanding post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is just one hour from the Greater Toronto Area. Real estate is affordable and communities are safe.
With a population of approximately 135,000 (increases substantially in the summer season) the Greater Peterborough Area is the regional centre for East Central Ontario and draws from a market population of 350,000. The area’s proximity to major markets in Canada and the northeastern United States, combined with an effective transportation System, that includes the Peterborough Municipal Airport which has the longest paved, lighted runway between Toronto and Ottawa, and four-lane access to the Greater Toronto Area, makes the area an unparalleled setting as a business location.
Among the many successful area-based businesses serving local, national, and international markets from Peterborough are: Pepsico Foods (Quaker), General Electric, FisherCast Global, Siemens Milltronics, Minute Maid, SGS Lakefield Research, Savage Arms; and Paluski Boats.
The Village of Lakefield is a small urban community of approximately 2,500 people located on the Otonabee River, part of the historic Trent Severn Waterway system, and south of Katchewanooka Lake. Lakefield is primarily a residential community with historic homes and heritage sites carefully combined with modern residential areas. Lakefield has a well defined central core and a small industrial base. Lakefield offers many of the amenities of big city life, in a quaint small town setting. Future development opportunities exist to the east and south west of Lakefield, as plans are underway to develop these prime commercial/industrial/ residential areas.
The Hamlet of Bridgenorth is a small residential community situated on beautiful Chemong Lake amid a largely rural landscape. Bridgenorth offers a centralized destination for shopping and services, and meets the daily needs of residents and tourists. Bridgenorth has lands suitable for a variety of commercial developments.
The Hamlet of Ennismore is historically picturesque with the post office, general store, and community church centrally located as in days of old. Like Bridgenorth, the Hamlet of Ennismore is centered in a mainly rural area, and provides a focal point for community recreational and social events including hard and softball diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis and basketball courts, arena and curling rinks, and reception facilities. Chemong Lake, Buckhorn Lake, and Pigeon Lake border the Ennismore ward.
The Township boasts many local attractions and events that enhance the quality of life for residents and tourists alike. Thousands of tourists visit the Township each year to enjoy our beautiful lakes, parks, and recreation facilities, heritage and cultural sites, and events, shopping, restaurants, festivals, entertainment, and accommodation facilities. Activities include fishing, camping, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, boating, golfing, art galleries, nature trails, and much more.