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Welcome to Northcote Campus

Northcote Campus is a 160-acre farm (located just north of our main campus) that was generously donated to Lakefield College School in 2007 by Gretchen and Donald Ross '48. The campus sits on a drumlin that extends from beyond Clear Lake all the way to Chemong Lake. The property has 7,000 feet of shoreline and is a habitat for a diversity of flora and fauna. Rich in historical significance for both settler and Indigenous peoples of the area, Northcote Campus also has many ties to the history of Lakefield College School.

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  • 160 acre Property

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  • 7000 feet of shore on Lake Katchewanooka

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  • Provincially significant wetlands

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  • 1/2 acre regenerative learning farm

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  • 5 km of established trails

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  • Mixed regenerated forest


Northcote Campus Highglights

At Lakefield College School we believe teaching respect for the Earth and respect for people go hand-in-hand. Our campus ecosystems and programs inspire us to be committed to environmental responsibility and to take care of each other. 

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  • Providing Authentic Learning Opportunities

    Outdoor and Climate Education for Action
    Integrating academic disciplines with nature and other real-world experiences provides our students with meaningful ways to participate directly in climate action, and leads to truly authentic learning and fulfillment.  

    LCS offers a breadth of learning opportunities at Northcote through its curricular, co-curricular and Summer Academy programs including hands-on experiences in:
    • Planting and maintaining our polyculture vegetable garden
    • Ecology
    • Green technologies
    • Natural tea harvesting and wellness talks
    • Natural dye workshops using botanicals grown on the farm
    • Understanding the difference between regenerative and industrial farming
    • The science of soil health and testing
    • Building projects for the farm
    • Orienteering
    • Outdoor Education
    • Wilderness skills including cooking and bushcraft
    • Leave-No-Trace wilderness camping
  • Strengthening Community First

    Our beautiful 160-acre property at Northcote provides a stunning backdrop and location for a variety of community building events, including:

    • Activities which see House groups planting, harvesting, cooking and connecting together as a community, outside and on the land
    • Our Annual Winter Carnival, filled with tobogganing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, bonfires, and classic Canadian winter treats such as maple taffy, s'mores and beaver tails
    • Fall Fair Harvest Celebration and LCS Community Events (e.g. Special Dinners and Trustee Days)
    • Local community partner events (e.g. Big Bothers Big Sisters Peterborough, and Adventures in Understanding)
  • Promoting Outdoors Every Day

    With its biodiversity and changing landscape, Northcote provides the perfect setting for a variety of outdoor pursuits. Whether it be at its waterfront, fields, forests or trails, LCS students and staff enjoy a variety of outdoor recreation activities such as:
    • Camping activities in the fall, winter and spring
    • Canoeing
    • Trail Walking
    • Bush Walks
    • Cross Country Skiing
    • Snow-shoeing
    • Dog Walking

A Vision for the Future

LCS is exploring a long-term vision for Northcote. To that end, we held a series of webinars to educate ourselves and the broader LCS community, inviting an array of passionate and talented people from educational institutions that have farms to speak with us, including three excellent American boarding schools that, like us, specialize in educating teenagers. The series has inspired excitement and optimism - about growing our own food and about sustainability and we are looking forward to realizing our plans for for the future.

School Information

4391 County Road 29, Lakefield Ontario K0L 2H0   705.652.3324   admissions@lcs.on.ca


Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations.
Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.

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