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What Callander Has To Offer


Only three and a half hours from Toronto, in a spectacular natural setting, Callander offers the benefits of a beautiful resort community with the world’s best sunsets.

With an unusual and interesting past, today Callander offers residents and visitors four seasons of fun and a future that couldn’t be brighter.



Funfest - a weekend full of family fun and entertainment, dances, breakfasts and a parade to celebrate Canada Day.



Callander offers a variety of accommodations ranging from cottage resorts to bed and breakfast establishments. Callander is home to:

Bayview Camp and Cottages.

Cosy Cove Cottages

Glenn Echo Cottages

Green Road Cottages

Nanmark Cottages

Idle Tyme Fishing Camp

Smylie Farm B & B

Sunbeam Bungalows

Tama Kwa Vacationland

Each accommodation provider offers a wonderful place to stay and experience what Callander has to offer.



About 146 children attend pre-kindergarten to grade eight at M.T. Davidson Public School. Approximately 300 students attend St. Theresa Catholic Elementary School from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. Others are bussed a short distance to neighbouring communities to attend Separate, French Immersion or Secondary Schools.

On weekends, five churches offer services and fellowship. For your medical needs, our community boasts a pharmacy, doctors, a chiropractor and two dentists.

Most banking requirements can be attended to at the Royal Bank, centrally located on Main Street.


Parks & Facilities

The Callander Public Library offers over 11,000 books, inter-library loans, free Internet access for visitors and residents as well as an enthusiastic book club.

Tennis courts, superb public beaches, ball fields, a skateboard park and lakeside parks are available as is our spacious Community Centre. In the winter we are able to supply the community with two outdoor rinks, snowmobile trails, and much more.



We are proud of the many clubs and organizations that assist the people of our community including the Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 445, Callander Lion’s Club, Callander Horticultural Society, Girl Guides of Canada and Scouts Canada, Callander Minor Ball Association, Over 55 Club as well as many others.


Special Features

Nestled along the south-eastern shores of Lake Nipissing, Callander boasts sandy beaches, several marinas and a yacht club. The lively sport fishing brings back generations of families who spend their vacations within Callander and along the South Shore. You’ll also find great golf, fine dining, a number of well-known artists and artisans and a huge wildlife marsh teeming with adventure for the nature enthusiast.



Callander residents enjoy the outdoors and have two trail networks with year around access to multiuse trails. For more details around the trails please follow the links for each trail. Cranberry Trail and Trans Canada Trail of Callander.

In winter, Callander takes on a new feel with its terrific ice fishing, beautiful OFSC snowmobile trails and cross country skiing. When the temperature dips, the sky gets bluer and the hospitality just gets warmer. Once you visit you may never want to leave.

The water, landscape and wildlife of Callander provide inspiration to a number of fine artisans who call this area home. They are happy to welcome visitors to their studios.



The Callander Bay Heritage Museum is located in the former home of Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, doctor of the Dionne Quintuplets, who were born nearby. The museum contains one of the world’s largest collections of Dionne Quint memorabilia.

Interested in Genealogy? The Callander Bay Heritage Museum is offering the use of our program to facilitate your search. Please call (705)752-2282 or e-mail the Museum to reserve a time-slot.


Art Gallery

The Alex Dufresne Gallery is partnered with the Callander Bay Heritage Museum, where it houses several exhibitions each year supporting the artistic talents of local and area artists. It is named after Alex Dufresne, a well-known barber and collector of fine antiques and artifacts who was instrumental in opening the museum in 1981.

Featured exhibitions include almost all kinds of work – traditional oil, water colour, and acrylic painting; pen and ink, charcoal, graphite, pencil; sculpture; photography; experimental and found-object arrangements; and artisan crafts such as pottery, quilts, jewelry, woodwork, glass work, stained glass – the list is endless!

We welcome you to visit our modern and spacious gallery, situated close to downtown Callander and the shores of Callander Bay!