*information courtesy of the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce.
Founded: Settled in 1833 by Englishman Thomas Need, Bobcaygeon was incorporated as a village in 1876 and while retaining it's unique character, became part of the city of Kawartha Lakes on January 1, 2001. Taken from the Algonquin language, the name Bobcaygoen means "shallow rapids".
Location: Bobcaygeon is 200 kms Northeast of Toronto, 36 kms Northeast of Lindsay and 100 kms North of Peterborough. Bobcaygeon's Lock 32 was the first to be built on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
Population: Approximately 3,000 permanent residents and another 12,000 in the surrounding areas. Among Canada's fastest growing small towns and one of the country's primary retirement communities.
Churches: Fellowship Baptist Church, Christ Anglican, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic, Trinity United Church, Knox Presbyterian, & Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle.
Business Base: Tourism, Retail, Real Estate, Recreational, Home of the Kawartha Dairy and Confederation (1867) Log Home Manufacturing.
Government Services: Post Office, Library, Ministry of Transportation Licensing, Ambulance, Trent-Severn Waterway, Beer & Liquor Stores.
Other Services: Banks, ATM machines, medical clinics and pharmacies, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 239, community centre, curling club, seniors centre, Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Information Centre, veterinarians, repair centres, towing services, Boat Rentals, day care centres, laundromats.
Special Attractions: Fishing tournaments, Ontario's oldest fall fair, Canada's premier Ontario Open Fiddle and Step Dance Contest, Kawartha Settler's Village, Trent Severn Waterway Lock 32, Boyd Heritage Museum, Artists, artisans workshops and galleries, Forbert Memorial Pool, Twin Mountains Snowmobile Club, Pigeon Lake Yacht Club. Petroglyphs Provincial Park, Emily Provincial Park, Warsaw Caves and Curve Lake First Nations Reserve nearby.
Activities: Lawn bowling, tennis courts, bowling, basketball courts, baseball diamonds, beaches, hiking, fishing, swimming at the Forbert Memorial Pool and public beaches, skating, hockey, curling, snowmobiling, boating, historic walks, skateboard park and bingo.