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

Tickets are ready for purchase.  Purchase ticket now through our online ordering service

2013 ebook now available for download

Recent News

  • June 21, 2014

    A homecoming for “Fairy’s Daughter” author Alison Wearing


    Here is an article from the Peterborough Examiner about Alison Wearing’s one-woman performance at 2:30pm on July 12, 2014, sponsored by the Village Pharmacy.

  • June 9, 2014

    Baseball and Jazz at the Lakefield Literary Festival

    Joe Sealy

    Check out this article from the Peterborough Examiner, published June 5, 2014, about the first event at this year’s Lakefield Literary Festival

  • May 7, 2014

    Farley Mowat 1921-2014

    Acclaimed Canadian writer and environmentalist Farley Mowat passed away today.  He would have been 93 years old this Monday, May 12. In addition to numerous awards for his books and short stories, Farley Mowat was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.  He will be sadly missed.


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

Our Sustaining Sponsors

  • David and Patricia Morton

  • Alan and Jane Stewart

Our Gold Sponsors

Supporters of The Young Writers Awards

  • David and Patricia Morton

  • Friends and Family of Alasdair Wallace

Festival Supporters

Margaret Laurence Level

Catharine Parr Traill Level