Hastings is located on Highway 45, just 30 minutes north of the 401 at Cobourg or east on Highway 7 from Peterborough and 90 minutes from Toronto to the west or Kingston to the east. The Village has a population of just over 1,200 and offers a quaint downtown with all the necessary shops and services. The Village of Hastings is situated on the Trent River, nestled in a valley half way between Lake Seymour and Rice Lake at Lock 18 on 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, emerged in 1810. The locks were completed in 1844 and the waterway became part of the famous, picturesque Trent-Severn passage. Henry Fowlds bought the land in 1851 and renamed the settlement Hastings in 1852 when the first post office was opened.
The shimmering waters of the Trent River and Rice Lake are sure to please anglers and pleasure boaters alike. From Lock 18 in Hastings to Lock 19 in Peterborough, boaters have 60 km’s of uninterrupted scenic water to explore and enjoy. Pleasure boating, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, wave running, swimming and fishing are perfect ways to pass the warm summer days on the waters around Hastings.
We offer a pleasant combination of hometown atmosphere, with all the amenities, on a world class waterway. Why fight the traffic and congestion getting to and from the Muskoka’s when Hastings is an easy drive from many major population centres.