Logo with town silhouette against flowing water that reads "Coboconk: A Trent-Severn Trail Town"

A Trail Town Along the Trent-Severn Waterway

National Historic Site of Canada


Welcome to Coboconk

Pristine Lakes & Small Town Charm

From the Trent-Severn Waterway on beautiful Balsam Lake, take a short ride through a lovely channel to arrive at the Coboconk Wharf. Coboconk is a bustling summer hub and a busy stop for cottagers as well as campers at Balsam Lake Provincial Park. 

Boating amenities include free WiFi and docking at the wharf, with gas and ice available across the channel. A short stroll will lead to restaurants and patios, ice cream cones, accommodations, laundry, and groceries. Boat rentals and private boat docking are also available. In June, the 2-day Canada’s Fresh Water Summit Festival is held each year celebrating that Coboconk is the highest point in North America from which you can circumnavigate the world by boat.

Discover Coboconk

Kayakers paddle through Coboconk, past the Freshwater Summit sign

On Top of the World

Coboconk has the distinction of being the highest point in North America from which a boater can circumnavigate the globe. Even if you're not embarking on an international expedition, Canada's Freshwater Summit is a joy to visit.

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A Rare Sight

Carden Alvar Provincial Park and Important Bird & Biodiversity Area is a birdwatcher's paradise. This unique habit is home to a dazzling variety of birds, plants, butterflies, and dragonflies.

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Beautiful Balsam Lake Provincial Park

A sandy beach, a range of camping options from car access to secluded walk-in sites, and day hikes that pass through forest to panoramic views - Balsam Lake Provincial Park is an excellent family getaway.

A man paddles in the stern of a canoe and a woman paddles in the bow as they pass beneath a low-hanging branch

The Group of Seven Connection

The Gull River is such a picturesque paddle it inspired Group of Seven painter J.E.H. MacDonald. Explore the region's quiet beauty with our paddling route recommendations.

Exterior of the Pattie House in Coboconk

Dine at the Freshwater Summit

If you worked up an appetite after a long day on the water or the trails, Coboconk has you covered. Find delicious comfort food, cozy patios, and more.

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Explore Further

Still planning your visit? Find dining, shopping, and accommodation recommendations courtesy of the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce.

Coboconk Community History

A black and white historical photo of Coboconk's main street, showing vintage cars parked outside a large building

Founded in 1851, the village of Coboconk is one of the oldest settlements in the area. The name Coboconk is derived from the First Nations’ phrase “Quash-qua-be-conk” meaning “where the gulls nest”. There are several beautiful lakes and water trails in the area, including the picturesque Gull River where the renowned Group of Seven artist JEH MacDonald frequented with his son for a paddle and sketching. This remarkable town is marked by the granite that comprises the Canadian Shield along with notable cedars and pines that are reminiscent of Group of Seven paintings. Coboconk has a rich and unique history and played a prominent role in the logging, limestone, railway, and tourism industries of the region since the 1850’s.

Trail Town Friendly Business Directory

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6666 ON-35, Coboconk, ON
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6670 ON-35, Coboconk, ON
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Festivals and Sights around Coboconk to watch for...

Canada’s Fresh Water Summit Community Festival (3rd weekend of June)

Join in the fun for a Friday night party at the Wharf, followed by a free family day at Lion’s Park to celebrate Balsam Lake, Canada’s highest body of fresh water.

Photo-Op at the Wharf of Canada’s Fresh Water Summit (Year-Round)

Unique photo-op located at the wharf on South Water Street.

Canada’s Smallest Jail (Summer)

Built in 1884. Visit for unique gifts and great stories about the Jail’s history.

Balsam Lake Provincial Park

Trails, beach, boat docking, camping, education programs, and Farmer’s Market.

Historic Kirkfield Lift Lock #36 on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Built in the early 1900s, this engineering marvel is the 2nd highest lift lock in the world!

Laidlaw Estate & Dry Stack Stone Wall on Balsam Lake Drive

Historical 1870s summer home of George Laidlaw, with excellent examples of the Scottish technique of stacking stones to create a fence. Believed to be the longest dry stack fence in Canada.

Indian Point Provincial Park

Trails only. No Camping.

Fishing from the Coboconk Wharf and new dock in town

Find Bass, Muskies, Perch, and Walleye within Balsam Lake.

Coboconk area sites on the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail

Great locations for the Art and Heritage enthusiasts.

Kawartha Lakes Intangible Culture Experience – Our Stories

Learn the stories of everyday Kawartha Lakes residents from decades past with this interactive online map.

Kawartha Lakes Arts & Culture Map

Explore the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the region with this unique online map filled with notable locations.

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Exterior of a Coboconk patio
A colourful umbrella propped on a sandy beach
A photo taken along a dry stone wall with the gate visible in the midground
A peaceful dock at sunset

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