Norland, Ontario

Norland is a small rural community located within the city of Kawartha Lakes, in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located in a scenic spot on the Gull River at the north end of Shadow Lake, the northernmost Kawartha lake in the Trent River chain. Here, a series of three waterfalls reflect the change in elevation of the land leading north to the Haliburton Highlands.

Norland was named in 1862 by Reverend Bayard Taylor after an African village he'd worked in, named Nordland. The name was representative of the village's location at the northern limits of civilization in Victoria County. Norland had been known as McLauchlin Mills for two prior years, after Alexander McLauchlin, who built numerous mills along the Gull River.

Located within the city of Kawartha Lakes, Norland falls under the leadership of Mayor Andy Letham. Originally elected as Mayor in 2014, Letham has been elected to serve his second term in the 2018 municipal election.[1] The city of Kawartha Lakes is currently split into 16 different wards, each with their own councillor. Norland is located in Ward 1, councillor being Rob Macklem.[2] The 2018 Municipal elections bring change to the political structure of Norland, and Kawartha Lakes as a whole. Previously being 16 wards, the new political term, beginning on December 3, 2018, will result in the reduction of Kawartha Lakes to 8 wards,[3] bringing Norland a new councillor, Emmet Yeo.[4]


Elliot Falls, Norland, Ontario
  • Large mural featuring a nature scene with animals and native people located on the largest building in town situated at the crossroads of Highway 35 and Kawartha Lakes Road 45
  • Elliot Falls, a hydroelectric power generating station.
  • "The falls" a falls and dam near the town centre. Recently a popular tourist spot during the summer for swimming and fishing, the dam has recently been converted into a power facility, with the addition of a powerhouse and a bypass gate to maintain water levels. This is a result of Parks Canada's issuing a license to Timber Run Hydropower Corporation, allowing the company to build at the site.[5]
  • The "Old School", the building which now houses the public library, used to also be the municipal building for the tri-township of Laxton-Digby-Longford. The Townships no longer exist since the amalgamation of Victoria County into the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Municipal water system owned and operated by the City of Kawartha Lakes.
  • Municipal wharf located on the Gull River below the falls and upstream of Shadow Lake. Boat access south to Coboconk.
  • Several municipal waterfront parks.
  • The Links at Monck's Landing Golf Club is located two kilometres northwest of Norland.
  • The Norland Recreation Centre, located on the grounds of Ward Memorial Park, is a staple in the small community. The building is the main property for locals to host personal celebrations such as large parties and dances. During the winter months, the centre was formerly transformed into a public indoor natural ice skating rink until COKL environmentalists insulated the exterior walls preventing the rink from freezing, and during the summer months hosts the popular Norland Festival.
  • The Norland Summer Festival, a popular summer festival in the community. One of the biggest events of the year, the festival is a weekend long ordeal in which locals and tourists can participate in multiple tournaments such as LOB ball and horseshoes, enjoy different food trucks and vendors, as well as watch a demolition derby.[6]
  • The Riverside Inn, a popular restaurant located in the heart of the town. Operating under new ownership, the restaurant now boosts modern features attracting tourists to the rural community, such as a Tesla charging station, installed in 2016.[7]
  • The Norland General Store, located at the end of town, the store hosts the town's only gas station. Coming under new ownership in 2018, the Esso location is modernizing, now including pay-at-the-pump gas pumps.

The post office services locals with lockboxes and one rural route.

Norland was once mentioned on NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien when the show was in Toronto for a week, Mike Myers mentioned the village by name including the only still operating gas station and a resident of Norland.


  1. ^ STAFF, EXAMINER (2018-10-23). "Andy Letham re-elected mayor of City of Kawartha Lakes". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  2. ^ "Contact a Council Member". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  3. ^ "Kawartha Lakes election results 2018". Global News. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  4. ^ "Kawartha Lakes election results 2018". Global News. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  5. ^ Canada, Parks Canada Agency, Government of. "Norland Dam - Hydro Generation Project". Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  6. ^ "Norland Summer Festival is back this year". 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-11-12.
  7. ^ Bird, John. "Into the future—in Norland". Retrieved 2018-11-12.

Coordinates: 44°43′39″N 78°48′43″W / 44.72750°N 78.81194°W / 44.72750; -78.81194