A Trail Town Along the Trent-Severn Waterway
National Historic Site of Canada
Welcome to Buckhorn
Buckhorn is located on the land between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands, providing a unique landscape of rolling hills, lakes, and granite. Nestled in our downtown, Lock 31 is one of the busiest locks on the Trent Severn Waterway. Restaurants, shopping, a park and attractions are within walking distance. With an award-winning art and craft show that showcase our local talent, strong ties to our Canadian veterans and incredible Indigenous culture, there is something for everyone. Whether you are visiting us by land or water, our Welcome Centre is happy to help you plan your visit.
Buckhorn is a great spot to fuel up before hitting one of the western access points for Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, the largest park in southern Ontario after Algonquin.
Kawartha Country Wines, a family-owned winery just outside town, boasts an extensive collection of fruit wines, cider, vinegar, and preserves. Be sure to inquire about tours and tastings.
Buckhorn Community History
Originally named Halls Bridge, Buckhorn was settled by John Hall in the late 1800’s. His love of deer hunting and his entrepreneurial spirit encouraged him to build a grist mill on the little island below his dam. The antlers of his bucks hung with pride outside the mill, later inspiring the name Buckhorn. The area progressed to lumbering, thriving for many years before eventually evolving to tourism. The names of early visitors can be seen written on the bricks of Cody Inn Restaurant, formerly known as The Windsor Hotel. This landmark inn and other venues hosted guests from all over the northern states who arrived by horse and buggy. They were provided shore dinners and experienced guides who would spend the day paddling their guests in the pursuit of plentiful fish.
Festivals and Events around Buckhorn to watch for...
Blizzard Fest (February)
Family fun event with vendors, entertainment, crafts and activities to celebrate our winter heritage.
Dinner Theater at the Buckhorn Community Centre
A fun night out with dinner showcasing local talent.
Spring & Fall Craft Shows at the Buckhorn Community Centre
Featuring over 75 exhibitors, and a BBQ lunch.
Buckhorn Market (End of June thru August)
Featuring a variety of crafts, baking, farm fresh produce, toys and much more.
Canada Day Celebrations (July 1st)
A FREE family celebration. Exhibitors, games, crafts and great entertainment including juggling. Daytime and evening activities including fireworks.
The Buckhorn Festival of the Arts (Mid-August)
Gallery-quality fine art festival that appeals to a broad range of art enthusiasts and collectors. The weekend event celebrates art, local cuisine and musical talent.
Rock the Locks (August)
Family fun celebrating the recreational connection of our community and the Trent-Severn Waterway! Light Up the Lake Boat Parade, kid’s activities, food and music, classic Car show, free horse drawn wagon and pontoon boat rides.
Explore. Experience. Enjoy.