Hastings, Ontario

The Hub Of The Trent

Hastings is located on Highway 45, 42 km (26 miles) north of 401 and 144 km (90 miles) from Toronto. The Village has a population of 1,000 with a full range of services. The Village of Hastings is nestled in a valley at the mouth of the Trent River and Lock 18 of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The local history dates from 1615 when Samuel de Champlain is said to have run
the rapids of the Trent River. The first settlement, known as Crook's Rapids, began in 1810. Henry Fowlds bought the land in 1851 and renamed the settlement Hastings in 1852 when the first post office was opened.

The locks were completed in 1844 and the waterways became part of the
famous, picturesque Trent-Severn passage. The shining waters of the Trent River and Rice Lake are sure to please anglers and pleasure boaters. We offer a pleasant combination of a "get away from it all" atmosphere with all the amenities close at hand within easy reach of major population centres.


Fish ranging from the powerful Muskie and Pickerel to Bass and Panfish can be found in plenty in our waters. You can choose between the faster waters of the Trent River or the quieter waters of Rice Lake. Whether casting from the banks or trolling the river or lake, the avid angler should find Hastings a fishing "hot spot" to remember and return to again and again.


From Lock 18 in Hastings to Lock 19 in Peterborough, the boater has 60.5 km
(37.6 miles) of uninterrupted scenic water to explore and enjoy. Sailing, skiing, houseboating and pleasure boating are perfect ways to pass the warm summer days on the waters around Hastings.


The Home & Leisure Show

hosted by the Hastings Chamber of Commerce is held annually on the last weekend in August, with many events for visitors to enjoy.
(contact Lisa Malcolmson (705) 696-3226).

There is an annual Arts & Craft Show held the 1st weekend in August.

Hastings also boasts 4 fishing Tournaments

held at Hastings Marina contact Mike & Betty-Anne Maynard (705) 696-2366 or Paul Nicholl (705) 696-2464

The Canadian Country Bluegrass Family Jamboree

at Preston Spring Park held the 2nd weekend in July, the jamboree brings people from across the province
(contact Al Preston (705) 696-2268).

We are host to baseball tournaments in summer and hockey tournaments in winter.


There are also a number of cottage resorts & Bed & Breakfast establishments
in the village and area which will make your stay an enjoyable and comfortable one.

Come fish, go boating, enjoy our events or take a walking or biking tour of our
historic homes and surrounding area.

For any further information :
Contact our Chamber of Commerce (705) 696-3226
Contact Gail Nicholl (Tourist Rep) (705) 696-2464

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