Fenelon Falls and its History

Photo Credit:  Bad Pixel Photography.

Photo Credit: Bad Pixel Photography.

Fenelon Falls is a village within the City of Kawartha Lakes. Known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas,” it has a population of 1,800 permanent residents, which swells in the summer due to tourism and cottagers. The people are friendly, warm and welcoming – embracing family values and country roots.

Nestled amongst natural surroundings, the “Jewel” sparkles with geographical beauty, offering waterfalls, waterways, the gorge and all that nature has to offer.

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Four Season Fun

Our community is committed to Healthy Active Living and has services and resources in place to provide four season fun for all ages. Some of the jewels in the area include:

Photo Credit: Mark Gommer Photography

Photo Credit: Mark Gommer Photography

The Victoria Rail Trail, a 55 km multi-use, all-season trail stretching from Lindsay to Kinmount.
–  Lock 34 on the Trent Severn Waterway, with serviced docking available.
Four fabulous area beaches with swimming and a variety of boat launches to access Cameron Lake and Sturgeon Lake.


A sporting community, Fenelon Falls offers golf, baseball, tennis, hockey, curling, figure skating, horseback riding and much more.

History of Fenelon Falls


Francois Fenelon, Image Source: Wikimedia

Fenelon Falls was originally named Cameron Falls, and was renamed after Francois de Salignac de La Monthe-Fenelon, who established a mission in Bay of Quinte and travelled the Trent-Severn Waterway ministering to his flocks along the way. The village was an ideal location for a mission and early settlement, nestled between the two lakes at the sight of the 23 foot waterfall.

As an established route for the fur trade, the area around the falls was settled by the first pioneers in the early 1800s. Logging and agriculture developed in Fenelon Falls during this century with a prosperous flour mill built by James Wallis. The first bridge was built over the river by R.C. Smith in the 1860s to get trains across to haul away lumber.

Fenelon 1880's - The Falls & Log Sluice

The Falls with Bridge & Mill circa 1880’s


Fenelon 1895 - Colborne Street

Colborne Street looking North circa 1890’s



Many more historical images can be found on our Pinterest Board. If you have some images you would like to share with us, please email them to Photos@FenelonFalls.info



Would you like to add some history about Fenelon Falls? Feel free to add a comment below.

One Response to Fenelon Falls and its History

  1. Kathleen Smith says:

    I am trying to find the book. History of Fenelon Township. (1987) I really , really want a copy if someone out there can find me one.

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