In many ways, the culture of a region is shaped by the character of the water that runs through it. Frozen rivers becoming neighborhood hockey arenas, lakes and streams welcoming the smooth glide of the kayak, waterside patios built for evening sunsets and that childhood magic which happens mid-air between the dock and the first rush of a familiar lake. In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, we have a romance with our abundance of fresh water. It has become a way of life, year-round. If you’ve yet to discover your personal connection with this amazing part of nature, we welcome you to do so right here in our backyard. Canoeing, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing, swimming, boating, tubing, wake boarding, water-skiing, taking in a cruise through the Lift Lock, or soaking in the warm sun on a comfy inflatable — there are so many amazing life experiences that are right here for you and yours to enjoy — and affordably so. The question is, where will you find your connection?

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to Canada’s Treasured Waterway – our connection to our land, our people, our industry, our past and most importantly our future.

The unique combination of heritage city, cottage country and flourishing farmlands, surrounded by our abundance of water not only makes living here something out of the ordinary, but it’s the reason why people return year after year.
In 2017, the year of Canada’s 150th birthday, as we celebrate the diversity of the fabric that makes Canada so great, we are reminded that it is the collection of different people and places that sets our nation apart. It is for this reason; we feel that Canada’s 150th is an opportune time to tell the world why Peterborough & the Kawarthas is unique, and to do so with pride.
We invite you to join us in discovering the Flow of Life along Canada’s Treasured Waterway, celebrating the unique assets in Peterborough & the Kawarthas that connect us all, and that set us apart  – our two notable National Historic Sites of Canada; the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Peterborough Lift Lock, as well as the Canadian Canoe Museum.