|City Population (2011)||73,214|
|Population Density||23.7/km2 (61/sq mi)|
|Land Area||3,083.06 km2 (1,190.38 sq mi)|
|Postal Code||beginning with K and L|
The city of Kawartha Lakes (2011 population 73,214) is a unitary municipality in Central Ontario, Canada. Although called a city, Kawartha Lakes is the size of a typical Ontarian county and is mostly rural.
The main population centres are Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Omemee and Woodville.
The city’s name comes from the name of the Kawartha lakes. The term Kawartha is an anglicization of the word Ka-wa-tha (from Ka-wa-tae-gum-maug or Gaa-waategamaag, meaning), a word coined in 1895 by aboriginal Martha Whetung of the Curve Lake First Nations. The word meant “land of reflections” in the Anishinaabe language, according to Whetung. The word was subsequently changed by tourism promoters to Kawartha, meaning “bright waters and happy lands.”