What to do and see in Fenelon Falls, Canada: The Best Places and Tips

March 7, 2018 Oliva Fomby

Fenelon Falls is a village in Ontario, Canada, part of the city of Kawartha Lakes. Nicknamed the "Jewel of the Kawarthas," it has a population of 1,800 permanent inhabitants, which swells in the summer due to tourism and cottaging. Fenelon Falls is home to lock 34 on the Trent-Severn Waterway between Sturgeon Lake and Cameron Lake. It is primarily a tourist town and therefore is most active during the summer season. The main street of Fenelon Falls is called Colborne Street.
Restaurants in Fenelon Falls

1. Horseless Carriage Museum

1427 County Road 8 | Fenelon Falls, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 1N0, Canada +1 705-738-9576
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Horseless Carriage Museum

The Horseless Carriage Museum is a unique, privately-owned museum specializing in pre-1914 transportation and early mechanical technology. We feature five century-old vehicles and a 1895 Sawyer & Massey steam traction engine, rare mechanical music machines and an 1890's General Store, and more. Bus and group tours welcome. Check out our website and blog for more information. (Please note: We are located midway between Bobcaygeon and Fenelon Falls on County Road 8. Please call ahead for an appointment! Open May to November .......weather permitting!

Reviewed By David R - Toronto, Canada

After booking an appointment to visit the Horseless Carriage Museum near Fenelon Falls, our family approached the unassuming barn not quite knowing what expect. What a surprise when the door slid open! Hundreds of rare or unique pieces of Canadiana are on display in the museum. Five lovingly maintained gas or steam vehicles are the centrepiece of the collection, including the oldest Sawyer & Massey traction engine in Canada, dating back to 1895. The exceptional exhibition doesn't stop there, extending to fully functional vintage music boxes, gramophones and rare wax recordings, bicycles and scores of antique and collectible signs, cans, furnishings, and other meticulously researched and restored reminders of yesteryear. Fans of "Murdoch Mysteries" may even recognize some of the pieces which the museum allows to be used for the popular TV production.
Museum curator and owner Richard Bennett, wife Evelyn, and Evelyn's sister gave us a 90+ minute tour through the barn, proudly and patiently explaining all the details of the fascinating collection. Richard's engaging stories about the items, and seeing and hearing the artifacts actually work, truly brought the collection to life. This is a must-see when in the Fenelon Falls area; simply be sure to pre-book an appointment, and bring along a minimum $5 donation per person to help maintain this one-of-a-kind collection.

2. Lock 34 & Fenelon Waterall

105 Lindsay St, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 1N0, Canada
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

Lock 34 & Fenelon Waterall

Reviewed By Bonitabeach33

Lovely place for watching the boats come through the lock which just happens to be located right in the centre of town. Many boutiques and country stores within the say walking distance. Lots of restaurant selections and good ice cream parlour across road from locks. Lovely boat docking facilities and very well taken care of Gardens and landscaping. L Ely waterfront walking trails and many hidden gems to stop and shop. Plan on spending the day

3. Grr8 Finds Markets

27 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 1N0, Canada +1 705-887-4778
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Grr8 Finds Markets

Reviewed By travellingon60 - Kingston, ontario

Very interesting , the vendors treasures. Needed tea cups for a Chinese friend who lives in China. Best selection and cheapest prices. Somethings are suspect so you need to know what you are after. The owner rents booths to vendors, gets rent plus a percentage of sales. Still a good place to look for something special. My cottage is full of a 100 year old stuff. The vendors go to local estate sales to pick up things.
Just like the place. Good for a brose. if you are into the unusual.

4. The Little Pie Shack

6 Francis Street East, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada +1 705-886-0002
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

The Little Pie Shack

Reviewed By scott9Caledon - Caledon, Canada

Tried The Little Pie Shack while walking around town and purchased a half dozen pastries/baked goods to try. We were pleasantly surprised by the taste and size. They have a great variety of desserts to choose from including butter tarts, squares, brownies, cheesecake, etc. There was also Kawartha Dairy ice cream for purchase. A fun place to try!

5. Fenelon Falls Museum

50 Oak St, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada +1 705-887-1044
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Fenelon Falls Museum

Reviewed By Krazykawarthan - Lindsay, Canada

A very interesting look at life in the 'frontier' thru the eyes of a family home. Some of the items inside from the owners medical/dental practice are eerie. The museum is laid out beautifully and kept very clean. Be sure to have a guide explain some of the items and relay the anecdotes of the family and area history. I was absolutely dumbfounded to see that a huge piece of lace/tatwork was intricately handmaid with the girls and womens hair! I understand this was commonplace back then, but was just a little creepy to me. A great change of gears from the beach, which is only 100 yds away.

103 Lindsay Street, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
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Station Gallery of Fenelon Falls

Reviewed By Corrielee65

This is a great showcase of local artists that are gathered under me roof. They sell the artwork but also share Thier skills and knowledge with visitors throughout the summer. They have a scedule of demonstrations and introductory workshops on site. They have a wide variety of art at the gallery. Glass works, wood works, textiles, paintings, beadwork, pottery. Worth the stop for sure.

7. The Barn and Bunkie

7 May street, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 1N0, Canada +1 705-887-0304
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The Barn and Bunkie

We curate new and vintage pieces for your home and cottage. We carry hand made items from local artisans such as pottery, grapevine, string art, sock monkeys, rustic signs, cottage signs and more. We carry Bunkie Wear featuring premium Fenelon Falls short/long sleeve tees, racerback, camper pants and Cameron, Balsam, Sturgeon, Burnt River, and Shadow Lake Tees We are a proud Certified Fusion Mineral Paint Retailer and have an enormous selection of iron, glass, ceramic and wood hardware/knobs to help you with your DIY. Stencils along with brushes to get the job done can be found here,

Reviewed By Bonitabeach33

Great store with something for everyone. Brandy, the owner, is such a friendly and happy person you can't help but enjoy your visit to her store. She is expanding and has now opened a place on Oak St, (round the corner a few steps) where...MoreThank you so much for your kind words! We absolutely love our customers and our jobs which means so much to us ❤️ ( sorry im delayed responding I didn’t get any notifications )

8. The Kawartha Store

30 Colborne Street, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario, Canada
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The Kawartha Store

The Kawartha Store is 5000 square feet of gorgeous fashion, shoes, jewellery, handbags and more with a focus on fashion designed and made in Canada. Our team of stylists is always ready to help you look and feel fabulous. Located in the historic Fenelon Falls Hotel building, steps from the locks in beautiful Fenelon Falls, it's the perfect destination for a relaxing and fun day trip. We also have gifts, local gourmet food, and wine by order from Kawartha Country Wines in Buckhorn. Check out our new online store featuring exclusively Canadian made fashion. Our lines include Yoga Jeans, Joseph Ribkoff, Parkhurst, Cartise, Luc Fontaine, Dex, Ezze Wear, MYKA Jewelry, Anne Marie Chagnon, Tima Jewelry, Vionics, Boulet Boots, Soft Works, Au Noir, Viyella, Red Canoe and more.

Reviewed By Lori B

I am a regular shopper at The Kawartha Store, mostly because of the friendly and helpful staff! The quality and selection of the clothing and accessories in this store is second to none. You will find lots of Canadian made labels throughout the store. I recently shopped in the store for an event that I was going to. I mentioned to Cheryl, one of my favourite sales staff in the store, what I was hoping to wear to the event and within moments, she came to me with a number of selections that worked perfectly for me. All of the sales staff have an eye for what works on you but I specifically seek out Cheryl, when possible. Give this store a try! You will not be disappointed.

9. Kawartha Lakes Boat Cruises

Water Street, Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K9V 2C8, Canada
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Kawartha Lakes Boat Cruises

Reviewed By sunnydazesunnydaze - Toronto, Canada

This ship is now out of Stony Lake and is a wonder afternoon experience. $23 per adult. Two hours.. Captain and crew are wonderful Funny and knowledgeable. Had a great time. Lots to see. Relaxing way to see the waters of Stony Lake and surrounding area. Definitely give it a go!

10. Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market

Bond and John St. | (old arena lot), Fenelon Falls, Kawartha Lakes, Ontario K0M 1G0, Canada
Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market

The market offers products from with in a 100 mile area, all of which are homegrown or homemade. Every time you shop at a farmers market you are supporting the local economy and its farmers. Shop fresh shop local.

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