Explore local attractions for free, thanks to your library

By Lindsay Advocate

Kawartha Settler's Village is one of the many attractions where free passes can be provided by the library.

Kawartha Lakes Public Library, in partnership with a variety of community partners, provides free family passes to local cultural, educational and recreational facilities in and around Kawartha Lakes.

Ken Reid Conservation Area, Kawartha Lakes Museum and Archives (coming soon) and Kawartha Settlers’ Village are all locations that you can visit through this initiative. Ontario Parks day-use vehicle permit passes are also back for another year.

At Ken Reid, the pass allows for free parking for one vehicle to access the grounds. For Kawartha Lakes Museum and Archives, as well as Kawartha Settlers’ Village, the pass grants free admission to families (number of adults and children included in this may vary). Visit the website for more details.

“We are so excited to get this initiative off the ground.” says Lyndsay Heffernan, Library Specialist for Outreach and Community Engagement.

“Community Passes were in the works pre-pandemic but of course, were put on hold. Now, more than ever, we are thrilled to be partnering with and supporting some of the amazing attractions that are available right here in our own community.” Lyndsay adds that she hopes to expand Community Passes to include other attractions in the future.

The process is simple: place a hold on the pass of your choice by using the online catalogue. The pass will be sent to your preferred library location and you can pick it up during open hours. You have the pass for one week and you can use it at any time during that week. Be sure to take the pass with you when you visit!

“Our Strategic Plan Vision is ‘engaged communities that love, respect and appreciate our natural environment’,” said Kristie Virgoe, Director of Stewardship and Conservation Lands. “We are thrilled to be part of this initiative with the Kawartha Lakes Public Library and are excited how through ongoing efforts like the Community Pass program, we are able to continue to make nature and our natural environment accessible to everyone.”

We’ve stayed home and stayed local for two years… let’s continue to love our local community! What better way to do that than visit some amazing local attractions. For more information, visit www.kawarthalakeslibrary.ca/communitypass.  

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