Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan

Otonabee-South Monaghan is a rural community located in the County of Peterborough on the North Shore of Rice Lake. The village of Keene – the hub of the township – is a mere 20 minutes away from the City Of Peterborough. With rolling farmland, tallgrass prairies, and wide open natural spaces, the area is a bird-watcher’s dream. It’s the type of place where time slows down and nature sets the pace. It’s a place to get away and a place you’ll forever want to stay.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is well known for its spectacular cycling trails and Harold Town Conservation Area offers a mountain biking experience with over 10km of scenic mountain biking trails for riders of all levels of experience. If you’ve brought your bike along with you, then you won’t want to miss taking advantage of these incredible cycling experiences. If you didn’t bring your bike with you, don’t worry, rentals are available at various locations throughout the region.

Feeling outdoorsy? Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park is a day use park that offers a 1.5km walking trail through a mature hardwood forest of old majestic maple, beech, elm and hemlock trees. Shady areas with picnic tables are available in the park making for a perfect lunch spot if you’ve packed a picnic.

If you’re interested in reptiles you’ll want to visit the Indian River Reptile Zoo to experience the Croc-Walk with over 100 live crocodilian. This sanctuary consists of over 400 rescued reptiles such as snakes, lizards, monitors, crocodilian, turtles and more. Indian River Reptile Zoo also offers live animal educational demonstrations which you’ll definitely want to sit in on to learn about the reptiles.

Looking to put your golf game to the test? Bellmere Winds Golf Course is a hidden gem with gorgeous views of Rice Lake. This 18 hole, par of 72, championship golf course is a Stanley Thompson design that offers excellent conditions and is suitable for beginners and experienced golfers. Come on out and enjoy a great day of golf in cottage country. Call ahead to book a time time if you plan on heading out for a round of golf.

After golfing, head over to Elmhirst’s Resort where you can enjoy dinner at the Wild Blue Yonder Pub & Patio. Make sure to try Elmhirst’s own Angus burger and fresh home-cut fries. Feeling crafty? Try one of the local craft beers featured on tap. The Hearthside Dining Room offers a classy setting with picturesque views of Rice Lake. Sit back and relax while sipping on a glass of Ontario’s finest wines and taking in the view of Rice Lake. The resort officers a variety of amenities such as water skiing and tubing, an outdoor and indoor swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, boat rentals, horseback riding, the spa and more. With so much to do in Otonabee South Monaghan you’ll want to spend more than one day. Enjoy a night stay in one of the waterfront cottages at Elmhirst, or stay at any of the wonderful accommodations in the township, such as Highland View Resort, Southview Cottages or Sunshine Cove.

Start the next day of your trip by stepping back in time at the Lang Pioneer Village where you will experience the life of a 19th-century settler in rural Ontario. Villagers of all ages provide an authentic and interactive experience. Lang Pioneer Village also hosts different festivals and events throughout the year. Plan ahead to take advantage of one these wonderful events such as the Annual Father’s Day Smoke & Steam Show, the Festival of Textiles, or enjoy one of the Historic Literary Walks.

After experiencing life as a settler you’ll be hungry for lunch. You’re in for a treat as Muddy’s Pit BBQ offers outstanding smoked pulled pork sandwiches as well as ribs, nachos, salads, side dishes and more. This is a must stop on your travels and is only a 5 minute drive away from Lang Pioneer Village.

Looking for an authentic and unique experience? ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery offers exhibitions throughout the summer, displaying hand-carved Zimbabwean stone sculptures in an open-air, woodsy setting with picturesque views of Rice Lake.

If you’re looking for something challenging, new and unique to do, Escape Maze is calling your name! Put your critical thinking skills to the test through problem solving, brainstorming and following clues. The escape rooms, adventure trails and adventure rooms will put your skills to the test.

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