Discover the Past…Through the Written Word

“Oh, what a magnificent scene of wild and lonely grandeur burst upon us as we swept round the little peninsula, and the whole majesty of Stony Lake broke upon us at once…”—Susanna Moodie, Roughing it in the Bush

Reading sparks the imagination and throughout history it has inspired people to travel.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is well known for its historical and cultural attractions, but have you ever considered experiencing our area through the eyes of Canadian authors past and present?

Some of Canada’s most important authors have lived and worked here allowing us the opportunity to discover the area through their work. Susanna Moodie, Catherine Parr Traill, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Robertson Davies, Margaret Laurence and John Craig are among the talented writers who have called Peterborough & the Kawarthas home. You might want to stop by the last home of Margaret Laurence (author of “The Stone Angel”) or the original homestead of Susanna Moodie (author of “Life in the Backwoods”), both located in Lakefield.

An afternoon at Lang Pioneer Village allows the literary tourist to see how Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill would have lived when they were “Roughing it in the Bush”.

For the bibliophiles and bookworms out there, be sure to take a stroll down “book row” located on Water Street in downtown Peterborough or check out any of the other numerous book stores in the area. Whatever your literary interests, you won’t leave empty handed. If you’re interested in owning some of the titles written by local authors, Trent Valley Archives and Hutchison House Museum have wonderful selections.

Looking for more? Why not check out the Lakefield Literary Festival held in July close to the birthday of Margaret Laurence. Experience the beautiful town of Lakefield while you celebrate the rich literary history of the surrounding area.

No matter your literary interests, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is sure to deliver. But don’t take our word for it…check out some of these incredible literary experiences.

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