The Lakefield Literary Festival celebrates its rich literary heritage each July on a weekend close to Margaret Laurence’s birthday, and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield.

Festival Announcements

2015 tickets will be available to purchase on this site May 29 at noon!

Recent News

  • May 21, 2015

    Tickets will go on sale through the website at noon on May 29!

  • May 15, 2015

    Miriam Toews at Market Hall May 21, 7:30pm

    Miriam Toews is giving a reading at Market Hall, Thursday May 21 at 7:30pm. It is free and open to the public. The reading is part of the international “Contesting Canada’s Future” conference being held at Trent University, May 21 -23.

  • February 2, 2015

    Charlotte Gray’s Blog about the 2014 Festival

    Here is a link to a thoughtful post Charlotte Gray wrote after her experience last summer at our Lakefield Literary Festival.


Lakefield is located in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, just 90 minutes North East of Toronto. We welcome you to come and celebrate the rich literary heritage of our area.


Thank you to our sponsors

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      David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Diamond Level

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      Gold Level

      Supporters of The Young Writers Awards

        David and Dr. Patricia Morton

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      Bronze Level

        David Moorhead

        Dr. John and Martha Vlasschaert