Havelock-Belmont-Methuen (pop approx 4,500)
Havelock is located just east of Peterborough, and is home to the Havelock Jamboree, a yearly summer event that attracts visitors from far and wide. Surrounded by scenic lakes, including Belmont Lake, it's location is approx 2 hrs from Toronto, bringing with it a large cottage and retirement population.
Havelock's downtown includes a Tim Hortons, grocery store, beer and liquor store, and several shops and restaurants. It also boasts the Havelock Train Station, which is now converted into the Station Restaurant.
Marmora and Lake (pop approx 4,000)
Marmora and Lake is a beautiful little municipality, part of Hastings County and located in central southern Ontario. Located east of Peterborough, along Hwy 7, past Norwood and Havelock.
It is equidistant from Ottawa and Toronto and the main village is located along Hwy 7, a major transportation route for trucks and vehicles traveling to and through those destinations. The largest village, Marmora, is surrounded by water from Crowe River, Crowe Lake and Beaver Creek. A great spot for waterfront cottages.
Some of Marmora's attractions include their annual Snowfest, with dog sled racing, chainsaw carving, and kid's events. Held in January.
Marmora has a variety of retail stores including a grocery store, liquor and beer store, several restaurants, Tim Horton's, Home Hardware, a post office and small shops, all along both Hwy 7 and it's main street (Forsyth).
Madoc (pop approx 2,200)
Madoc is located east of Marmora, and just north of Belleville. It's roughly half way between Belleville and Bancroft and is home to Moira Lake. Originally settled in the early 19th century, it became incorporated in 1850. Soon after gold was discovered just north of Madoc, in the Eldorado area.
Madoc has all of the conveniences in it's downtown core, including several restaurants, a grocery store, Home Hardware, McDonald's, Tim Horton's, gas station, a liquor and beer store and post office.
Just north of Madoc you will find a variety of cottages and full-time residences, along with hunting camps and crown land.
Stirling-Rawdon (pop approx 5,000)
Stirling is located just south of Marmora and was the 2012 Kraft Hockeyville winner. Stirling is home to many noted NHL hockey players, including Rob Ray and Matt Cooke.
The area is known for it's farming, and is home of the Trent River, that runs along it, into Campbellford. Stirling village is home to the Stirling Festival Theatre, and the Hastings County Museum of Agriculture. It's downtown is rich in history, and includes a large cheese factory, shops and restaurants.
Tweed (pop approx 6,000)
Tweed is located just north east of Belleville, and is famous for Stoco Lake, part of the Moira River system, which is located just south of the village.
The village is a warm inviting spot, with many of conveniences including shops, restaurants, a grocery store, liquor and beer store, gas station and post office. Tweed is also home to the IANA Theatre company, a critically acclaimed producer of Canadian music theatre.
Tweed is dotted with full time residences, cottages and farms along the outskirts of the village. A warm, inviting and attractive spot for retirees and cottagers. An easy commute to Belleville, makes this spot attractive for full-time living as well.
Northbrook (pop approx 2,500)
Northbrook is located north of Tweed, and is part of the Addington Highlands. It includes Flinton, Cloyne, Kaladar and the east part of Weslemkoon Lake and area, to name a few.
Bon Echo Provincial Park encompasses some of the area. This area is dotted with large and small lakes and rivers, and has a quaint and cottage like feel to it. It is known for it's clean lakes, excellent fishing and cottage feel. Some of the larger lakes include Weslemkoon, Mazinaw and Skootamatta.
Northbrook has a small downtown, with all of the necessary services, including a grocery store, post office, liquor store, gas station and small shops and chip trucks in the area.
Bancroft (pop approx 3,800)
Bancroft is located north of Madoc, with the York River running it through it. It is one of the larger hubs in cottage country, serving quite a large area around it.
Bancroft is home to several retirement homes, a golf course, a hospital and many cottage and full-time residences. It has a rich history, and is known for it's cottage feel and quaint downtown core.
It is home to the Eagle's Nest, a large beautiful rock outcropping that dominates the landscape. A lookout is perched high up allowing visitors to get an extraordinary view of the landscape. Bancroft is also rich in minerals, and includes a Mineral Museum. Theatres, art shops and galleries are also a nice touch to the town.
The landscape in Bancroft is dotted with full-time residences, cottages and is home to several large lakes. Bancroft has many conveniences, including banks, grocery stores, liquor and beer stores, post office, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Tim Hortons, gas stations, and several cottage shops and lots of restaurants, from fast food to fine dining.