Welcome to Fenelon Falls, a Trent-Severn Trail Town located along the 386 km Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Boat, paddle, cycle, hike or drive along the renowned inland passageway through historic lock stations and into quaint communities with unique offerings for every visitor.
Known as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas”, the town of Fenelon Falls and the nearby community of Cameron offer a little bit of everything with a mix of outdoor activities, rural landscapes, miles of open water, great shopping and dining, and numerous opportunities for exploring arts, culture and heritage.
Home to Lock 34 on the Trent-Severn Waterway, Fenelon Falls is a popular destination to enjoy a Kawartha Dairy ice cream and watch the boats travel through the lift locks.
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.