Festival Season Begins This Fall in the Kawarthas


Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation

‘Kawartha Fall Festival’ and ‘Christmas at Ken Reid’ welcome all.

Only a short drive from the GTA, Kawartha Lakes is a magical destination boasting quaint and historic towns, fantastic dining and shopping, beautiful lakes and rivers and an abundance of hiking, biking, and exploring opportunities to suit everyone.

Starting October 1, Kawartha Conservation is giving visitors another reason to fall in love with the Kawarthas this autumn—the Kawartha Fall Festival.

Kawartha Fall Festival

Experience the magic of Ken Reid Conservation Area, nestled along the scenic shores of Sturgeon Lake, for a week of experiences designed to make memories for the whole family. Visitors can enjoy Indigenous drumming and storytelling, soar to new heights with an amazing Birds of Prey exhibit and demonstration, get up close and personal with a variety of animals through interactive and engaging displays, learn about the forests through guided hikes on trees, mushrooms, marsh life and more.

Visitors can also explore the 272-acre property at their own pace, experiencing the Talking Forest (an interactive app for Apple and Android that brings the trees to life), the Story Walk Trail, Kawartha Quest, a fun, interactive outdoor adventure series for all ages, feeding chickadees and nuthatches by hand or simply enjoying the forests, meadows and the provincially significant McLaren’s Creek Wetland through more than 10 kilometres of trails, two marsh boardwalks and an accessible viewing platform.

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Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation
Photo © Courtesy of Kawartha Conservation

For birding enthusiasts, more than 170 species of birds have been reported at Ken Reid Conservation Area, and the fall migration is extra special with many rare and seasonal birds visiting the area. The Ken Reid Conservation Area Bird Checklist can help guide your visit with knowing what to look for and where.

The Kawartha Fall Festival is a celebration of autumn and the outdoors. Come and experience nature and the changing seasons like never before.

As the colour of autumn gives way to the splendour of winter, Ken Reid Conservation Area will help you get in the holiday spirit with Christmas at Ken Reid.

Christmas at Ken Reid

This holiday favourite has been enjoyed by thousands of visitors who kick off their holidays with horse-drawn wagon rides through the forest, a Christmas scavenger hunt, kids craft corner, Christmas story walks, visits with Santa Claus, musical entertainment, animal displays, hiking, hot beverages and much more.

Christmas at Ken Reid is a free event for everyone so visitors can spend time with family and friends, laugh, smile, and make memories to last a lifetime. This December, be sure to mark your calendar and start a new annual holiday tradition with Kawartha Conservation, enjoying Christmas at Ken Reid in the heart of the Kawarthas.

And whether you’re looking to visit for a day, a weekend or a lifetime, Kawartha Lakes offers a relaxing lifestyle with great local amenities, recreation, and all less than 90 minutes from the GTA.

This fall and winter, make Ken Reid Conservation Area and the Kawartha Lakes your new favourite getaway destination and experience nature and the outdoors in a whole new way. We can’t wait to see you.

Learn more and donate at kawarthaconservation.com/festivals

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Kawartha Conservation is a watershed-based, non-profit organization established in 1979 by the municipalities within our watershed under the Conservation Authorities Act. We are one of 36 conservation authorities operating in Ontario and a member of Conservation Ontario.


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