Life moves a little slower in Ontario’s countryside, and that’s what makes it an ideal escape from the busy city. The charming village of Lakefield is a perfect example of that, and there are plenty of things to do that will make your visit memorable.

Perched along the incredible Trent-Severn Waterway, Lakefield “has a gentler pace and friendly locals; inspiring people to visit for generations,” says the local tourism website.

The historic downtown is lined with shops, cultural destinations, and restaurants serving up delicious home-grown cuisine.

You’re never more than a few steps from the water’s edge, either.

But, what’s most appealing about this village is the network of scenic backroads for driving and cycling, which are especially beautiful with the vibrant autumn colours.

Four of the Kawartha Classics Road Cycling Routes pass through Lakefield.

“The combination of rolling drumlin hills, scenic lake vistas and winding rural roads make for challenging and diverse riding opportunities,” says Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

When you’re ready to dismount or hop out of the car, there are several rural cafes and craft breweries along the way.

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Believe it or not, Lakefield is also a hub for literary arts.

Famous Canadian writers Margaret Laurence, Catherine Parr-Traill, and Susanna Moodie all called Lakefield home, and the town continues to carry the tradition with its annual Lakefield Literary Festival.

And when you’re in the mood to get your steps in, you can head to the Imagine the Marsh Conservation Area, which features a floating boardwalk and a two-level viewing tower.

In short, this quaint village has a little of everything, making it a great destination for a day trip this fall.