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

Recent News

  • April 12, 2016

    If you have a truck that often pines for adventure, this may be the gig for you.

    The festival is looking for a one day commitment from someone with a pick up truck to help with various jobs from Saturday morning July 16, at 7:30am to 7:30pm. Please “Contact Us” from the menu above. Thanks!

  • March 17, 2016

    Lakefield District Intermediate and Secondary School Young Adult Event


    Author Richard Scarsbrook will be presenting the Young Adult writers event over two days on April 14 and 15, 2016.

  • Young Writers’ Contest 2016

    Young Writers Cover 2015

    The Young Writers’ Contest ends May 13th, 2016. Submit your entries soon! Click on the Young Writers Contest in the menu above for details.


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

    Platinum Level

      David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Diamond Level

        Alan and Jane Stewart


      Gold Level

      • Martha & Richard Whatley

      • John & Susan McWilliams

      Supporters of The Young Writers Awards

        David and Dr. Patricia Morton

      Silver Level

        Wendy Scott & David Moorhead

      Bronze Level

        Dr. John and Martha Vlasschaert

      Festival Friends

        R. J. Brown Insurance Brokers

        The Wine Connection

        Rose Mary Craig


        Dr. Beverley Haun

        Cathy Wilson

        Adele Kelsey and Ryan Sabourin

        John and Karen Beamish