The heart of the Kawartha Lakes.

Wide streets, Victorian Architecture, Heritage Conservation District.

History + Future

For tourists and locals alike, Downtown Lindsay is unparalleled in the region when it comes to having something for everyone. Newcomers may first notice the wide streets, picturesque historical architecture and seasonal decoration, but on closer inspection they’ll quickly realize what the locals already know; that the businesses in the downtown are what truly gives it its unique charm.

If it’s shopping that quickens your heart rate, there’s no lack of options. Independently owned retailers offer unique and fashionable clothing, beautiful accessories and an incredible array of housewares. Scattered between them are cafes and restaurants in every culinary category; ethnic offerings, mom and pop diners and full service restaurants and lounges. In addition to this, the thriving downtown offers every service imaginable, with financial, legal and medical services conveniently located throughout. Arts and culture play a big role in the downtown with the beautiful and historical Academy Theatre anchoring the main street, and an array of galleries and community networks and foundations.

Downtown Lindsay gets its opportunity to shine during several events and festivals throughout the year. Classics on Kent closes the main street every July with hundreds of vintage vehicles and entertainment, the Annual Santa Claus Parade is a local tradition not to be missed, and the Farmers Market, held every Saturday from May to October draws thousands who are looking for fresh and unique products from local farms and enterprises. Throughout the year, you’ll find sidewalk sales, seasonal festivals, and even weekly outdoor entertainment on Saturdays in the summer months, creating a wonderful atmosphere for strolling and browsing.

You’ll find that Downtown Lindsay is the perfect combination of modern and historical, eclectic and traditional, and above all, a place that cherishes its local community, while welcoming visitors with open arms.

Lindsay is home to the popular, historic Academy Theatre. Academy Theatre Performing Arts Centre has had an impressive presence at the foot of Lindsay’s historic main street for over a century and a long history of presenting a wide variety of professional, regional and community productions.