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Long weekend

As we approach the Civic long weekend, Kawartha Lakes would like to remind residents of safety protocols for a safe and enjoyable weekend. While the municipality continues to focus on responding to the pandemic, please continue to do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep the community safe.

Weekend message from Mayor Letham

Public Boat Launches

The public are permitted to launch their boats in groups of five or less and while maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet from each other.

Kawartha Lakes continues to take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff. The public should expect to see an increased presence of local law enforcement. Physical distancing and safety protocols must be maintained at all times.

The Trent Severn Waterway is offering limited service, please visit their website for details.

For a complete listing of Public Boat Launch locations visit our Boat Launches and Beaches page.

Boat Launch Sign

Boating Safety

As boat launches are now open, and we see more people out on the water, please take note:

  • Make sure you are physically distancing while launching your boat
  • Keep to groups of no more than five
  • Life jackets only work if you're wearing them
  • There are strong currents in the rivers and lakes from the spring melt
  • Tell someone who is staying on land where you're going, and set a check in time
  • Don't boat impaired (alcohol and cannabis)


From pan fish to sport fish; large and small mouth bass, pike, perch, rock bass, pickerel and muskie, Kawartha Lakes offers some of the best year round freshwater fishing in the world. To discover more about fishing in Kawartha Lakes visit our Tourism website.

Fishing is governed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Foresty. A valid fishing licensing is required. For more information on requirements visit the Ontario Government website.


Victoria Rail Trail

The Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) is open to ATVs, walking, cycling and other modes of active transportation. Park amenities are open, but not being sanitized. Please wash hands frequently and after using amenities. Use at your own risk.

VRT Sign

Kawartha Lakes continues to take all necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff. Our parks and trails will continue to be monitored closely and the closures could be reinstated if the municipality sees any increased signs of risk. The public should expect to see an increased presence of local law enforcement. Physical distancing and safety protocols must be maintained at all times.

Use of the VRTC must adhere to the parameters outlined in By-Law 2019-089 and 2016-147. The side-by-side pilot program that was initiated in 2019 will also be extended until November 30, 2020.

The Victoria Rail Trail Interactive Map provides tools such as route measurement, ‘My Location’ to see where you are and legends to plan your next outdoor adventure. Visit our Trails and Conservation Areas page to learn more.






Municipal Services

COVID19 updatesPlease visit the COVID-19 page for updates on all municipal services affected by the pandemic.

Additional resources:

  • Public Beaches in Kawartha Lakes are now open unless otherwise posted. For further information on COVID-19 beach safety guidelines visit the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website.

Waste and Recycling

  • All landfills are now open during regular hours. All landfills are closed on Monday August 3 for the Civic Holiday.
  • Due to the holiday Monday, your waste and recycling collection will occur one day later than your normal schedule. For example, Monday August 3 collection will be pushed to Tuesday August 4.

For more information visit our Waste and Recycling page.

Law Enforcement

There will be increased presence of Municipal Law Enforcement officers and police services over the long weekend to ensure that people are practicing safe and legal activities. They will be out on our roads, trails and on the water so please be safe and mindful of others.

For after-hours municipal emergencies between the hours of 4:30 pm and 8:30 am, please call 1-877-885-7337.

Open Air Burning and Fire Safety

The current burn hazard index is set to high. For information regarding the fire  index rating please call 705-324-9411 and enter 8. Please use extreme caution when burning and take precautions to prevent the spread of fire. For more information about open air burning and burn permits, please visit the Burn Bans, Permits and Bylaws webpage on our website.

Burn Index







Fire Regulations and Safety

  • With the burn index set to high, residents are allowed to safely burn as long as they follow safety guidelines. A resident is allowed to burn without a permit if the following requirements are met:

    • The fire is no larger than 60cm in diameter
    • The fire area must be at least 15m from any buildings including sheds or detached garages and 5m from trees, brush piles, property lines, fences and combustible materials
    • Equipment for controlling and extinguishing fires must be available at the burn location
    • Setbacks; The fire area for campfires, regular and annual permits must be a minimum of fifteen (15) metres from any building or other structures and five (5) metres from any fences, trees, brush piles, shorelines, property lines or combustible materials
    • Items you cannot burn include; grass clippings, leaves, garbage, tires and non-wood items 
    • Items you may burn include; wood or wood by-products that are not contaminated with any paints, chemical treatments, lacquers, glues or upholstery. 
    • Burn Complaints - during active burning call 705-324-2191

Fireworks Regulations and Safety

If you are considering using fireworks, consumer fireworks may be used without a permit if the following requirements are met:  

  • Fireworks shall be discharged a minimum of 30m from any structure or property line
  • Fireworks may not be discharged closer than 100m from a church, school, residential care facility or place where explosives are sold or stored
  • Fireworks are not to be discharged on municipal lands without authorization

You need a permit to sell fireworks and perform large public display of fireworks within Kawartha Lakes as part of Firework By-Law 2007-236.

Fireworks Safety

  • Light fireworks at arm’s length, stand back and keep your face turned away. If a firework fails to ignite, do not attempt to re-light it. Let it sit in the base for 10 to 15 minutes, then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Never throw or point fireworks at other people.
  • Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
  • Never discharge fireworks in metal or glass containers.
  • Never discharge fireworks indoors
  • In order to prevent an accident or injury, sparklers should be doused with water, or allowed to cool in a safe place away from children playing. The ends of sparklers continue to stay hot for some time and will easily burn a child's skin, clothing or other nearby combustible materials.
  • Do not allow sparklers to be used indoors.
  • Children make a great audience but they must never be permitted to light fireworks. Adults are responsible for handling the fireworks while spectators watch the display from a safe distance.
  • One designated adult should ignite the fireworks.
  • Ignited fireworks must never be hand-held.
  • Light only one firework item at a time.
  • Always have water on hand – a garden hose and bucket of water – to soak fireworks after they have fired.
  • Used fireworks should be soaked thoroughly before disposing of them in your garbage bin. Fireworks should never go in recycling.

For information on fireworks safety tips visit the Canada Safety Council website.


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