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Experience Culture in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
Whether you’re spending some relaxing time in the country or a fun night in the city, you’ll find so many ways to experience culture in Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
Ever wonder what first-rate theatre would look like if it took place in a barnyard? Every summer, the award-winning 4th Line Theatre, near the charming village of Millbrook, comes alive with a pleasing combination of history and drama.
And when you take in a performance on the 4th Line, you get a whole lot more than a show. The setting is magnificent and the stage is indistinguishable from the beauty that surrounds it—barns and meadows and grassy fields are all used as setting and backdrop for the plays. You’ll sit comfortably in open-air grandstands, enjoying the warm summer air. Show times hinge on when the sun sets, with all productions taking advantage of the natural light—so in addition for a performance, you get a great evening in the picturesque countryside.
You get a history lesson, too. For more than two decades, 4th Line Theatre has been taking fascinating local stories and turning them into first-rate stage shows, and this year’s lineup is no exception. The Berlin Blues will revisit a time when German developers attempted a zany scheme to built “Ojibway World”—the world’s largest First Nations theme park. And the second half of the season will see a reprise of The Cavan Blazers, a gritty, intense trip back to a period of religious tension and vigilante violence in the farms and fields that sit very close to the theatre itself.
Want to stay in town, but still get outside and enjoy the arts? Little Lake Musicfest, one of Peterborough’s premiere summertime events, attracts a wide variety of top musical acts to the open-air stage at Del Crary Park every Wednesday and Saturday night between the end of June and late August. Thousands fill this lovely green space right in the heart of Peterborough’s downtown core, setting up lawn chairs and blankets and settling in beside the calm waters of Little Lake and its picturesque fountain, which lights up in a broad spectrum of colours once night falls. Vendors sell a wide variety of snacks, and locals and visitors alike bask in the pleasure of enjoying live music, al fresco.
With an extremely varied schedule, you’re sure to find something you’ll like. Past acts have included everyone from Blue Rodeo to the Canadian Tenors to Great Big Sea, and this summer’s lineup promises another great season of song. Former Peterborough resident Serena Ryder comes home, bringing with her the folk, roots and country sound that has made her popular around the world and won her coveted Juno honours. Steven Page, once the Barenaked Ladies frontman, will bring his particular brand of witty lyrical talent to the Del Crary stage. And Natalie MacMaster will perform her high-energy Cape Breton fiddling—always a favourite at the Little Lake Musicfest.
But if it’s visual pleasures you’re seeking, Peterborough and the Kawarthas won’t disappoint. Small, intimate galleries in the city centre showcase both local and international pieces, while the Art Gallery of Peterborough—next to Del Crary Park, on the shores of Little Lake—is getting set to unveil its summer exhibitions. These include an exploration of the vibrancy and varieties of colour, and a look at lingering aspects of colonization through the work of Robert Houle, a First Nations artist who draws on Western art conventions to tackle these difficult questions. The gallery also offers opportunities to pick up some art skills of your own through their popular series of classes—this summer, they’ll offer everything from kite-making for kids to outdoor painting for adults.
You can experience fine art in the country, too. Head to Deer Bay and the Gallery on the Lake to visit one of Canada’s largest retail galleries, 15,000 square feet of artistic works which range from paintings to sculpture to pottery, and from abstract to 3D to high realism.
And where would you expect to find the nation’s top spot to browse and buy Zimbabwean Shona sculpture? Probably not in a grassy meadow overlooking the blue waters of one of the county’s largest lakes—but that’s indeed where you will find it, at the Rice Lake Gallery. Here, under sheltering pines, at the end of two dirt tracks, some of the world’s finest African art is displayed and sold. Owner Fran Fearnley travels to Zimbabwe every year to select works to display and sell, and the gallery represents more than 50 African artists and supports an annual Zimbabwean artist-in-residence, who creates sculpture on site and gives lessons and workshops. Surprised? Yes, we thought you would be. But this place, city and county, is indeed full of many cultural surprises.
Get Back To Your Roots
In a fast-paced society, one where it feels like the “Right Now” must always be given top priority, we’re often left feeling a little bit rootless. When was the last time you thought about the past? About the forces and events and people and places that made us who we are?
A visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas can feel like a trip to a gentler age – no time machine required. And a visit here means that you may, perhaps, rediscover important things about our nation—or even a forgotten part of yourself.
This region was settled well before Canada’s confederation, and that history is celebrated at Lang Pioneer Village, near Keene, about 15 minutes east of Peterborough. An afternoon here is an immersive experience, a visit back to a simpler time. It’s a place of living history, where costumed guides bring an authentic 19th century pioneer village to life. See farming implements pounded out at the blacksmith shop, sparks flying in the process. Read handbills cranked out at the print shop. Whittle wooden tools and toys at the carpenter shop. Learn a lesson at the schoolhouse. Smell the wood smoke, chat with the guides, see the herbs and vegetables and flowers growing in the gardens. Settle in for some tea or lemonade at the historic, 14-room Keene Hotel. Take a leisurely stroll by the mill pond and around the village green. It’s up to you (and your kids) to set the pace.
Just down the road, Hope Mill also brings history to life. Set on the banks of the Indian River, this historic sawmill was originally built way back in the first half of the 1800s. Over the long course of its life, the mill saw a number of uses—cleaning and straightening sheep wool, creating shingles, and, of course, cutting wood. You can still see the mill in operation—logs as long as 25 feet are floated in from the millpond and cut. And take a look at a much more modern innovation that also occupies part of the property—a solar powered kiln, which has dramatically reduced the drying time for cut lumber (which you can still buy on site)
Of course, the pioneer settlers who built Lang and Hope’s Mill were not the first people to live in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. To revisit a piece of First Nations history, make a trip to Curve Lake. Here, you can learn about the region’s Ojibwa past, which predates European settlement by many centuries. The Whetung Ojibwa Centre is a highlight. Here, on three levels, you can browse and buy some of the finest aboriginal art found anywhere—jewelry, drums, pottery, scarves, blankets, arctic parkas, ceremonial regalia, beadwork, and original sculpture and paintings by renowned native artists like Norval Morriseau and Joseph Jacobs. And you can even observe the creation of artwork, including the carving of totem polls.
Have you ever considered how the vastness of Canada was traversed? In a nation of great lakes and rivers, the canoe was a key component in the development of the true north, strong and free. This great First Nations invention is celebrated in Peterborough, at the Canadian Canoe Museum. With more than 600 canoes and kayaks on display, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of its kind. Relive the lives of fur traders. Listen to creation stories in a traditional wigwam. Walk past the waterfall, and learn about Canada’s gold rush. In all cases, you’ll find out how the canoe played a key role in all of these important elements of Canadian history.
Of course, some of the most interesting history is made at night. Every Friday evening during the months of July and August, the Trent Valley Archives offers ghost walks through the eerie village of Ashburnham, one of the oldest sections of Peterborough. And on one Sunday night in August, you can follow the light of creepy lanterns to the gravesites of some of Peterborough’s most famous residents—and hear them tell their own tales, from beyond the grave.
And in a place unavoidably shaped by its glorious natural environment, you can take a little time to learn a bit more about how all of this was preserved and conserved. Visit the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Mario Cortellucci Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre, where state-of-the-art touch screen systems and life-sized dioramas acquaint visitors with moose, bear and caribou, and an aquarium here swims with local sport fish, including mighty muskie, bass and walleye.
Or you can get involved in the work of the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy, which regularly hosts events to install bird boxes and plant trees—meaning you can actually play a hands-on, practical, important part in perpetuating the future life of this beautiful region.
Art Gallery of Peterborough
A public art gallery dedicated to collecting and exhibiting Canadian Art.
ZimArt, Rice Lake Gallery
ZimArt brought Shona sculpture to Canada hosting a number of outdoor exhibitions annually, including The Rice Lake Series.
Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Come explore our native craft & gift shop featuring local art, native workings, jewelery, collectibles and historical exhibits.
Lang Pioneer Village Museum
Lang Pioneer Village Museum, was established by the County of Peterborough in 1967 to celebrate and preserve the rural history of the area.
4th Line Theatre
Idyllic, rural, and quintessentially Canadian. Canadian plays – written by and about Canadians.
A Great Place To Getaway To
The big city can be stifling. In the summer, waves of heat build up on the concrete, and the humidity is crushing. And in the winter, gray slush becomes an all-consuming force. Looking for an escape? For a place to feel free, to cut loose, to get outside and sink your teeth into some amazing adventures? Look no further than Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
A land of lakes and rivers, the Kawarthas are the perfect place to get wet. You can stay for the weekend (or the week) at one of the fine resorts that line these shores, a great way to get your fill of natural thrills. At Viamede, a classic, landmark resort set on stunningly beautiful Stony Lake, a number of fast-paced activities are included in your stay, and wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing will all get your heart pumping. Or if you prefer a slower pace, they’ve also got kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, hydro-bikes and motorboats, which you can use to explore the bays, islands and inlets of Stony, one of the larger lakes in the Kawarthas. Then reward yourself with a great meal and maybe even a spa treatment at the end of the day.
Seeking a more hardcore experience? Hill Country Adventures in Buckhorn offers the ultimate outdoorsy experience. You’ll bump and crawl in 4X4 vehicles over rough, rocky terrain into hundreds of acres of backcountry land then paddle across to your waterfront campsite. From there, you’ve got the place to yourself—fish, hike, or just enjoy the view.
Looking for an intense one-day adventure? Pedal and Paddle, based at the boathouse in Millennium Park, downtown Peterborough, offers a tour that will leave you feeling fit. A seven-hour circuit, the tour begins at the boathouse with a bike ride to Lakefield along the Rotary Greenway Trail, then kayak down the Trent Canal back to the park. But if it sounds a little bit too intense for your liking, you needn’t fear—the tour includes a standard stop for an ice cream cone in Lakefield.
You can also rent a bike and go it alone. In addition to the 20 kilometre Rotary Greenway Trail, the Jackson Creek Kiwanis Trail—part of the Trans-Canada Trail—traces a former rail bed, following the bubbling Jackson Creek from Jackson Park, west through forests and wetlands to open fields. In Lakefield, a 5.5 kilometre trail winds through the picturesque village and along the Otonabee River and Lake Katchawanooka. And for something more extreme, go mountain biking—you will find trails through Jackson Park, Trent University and the Ganaraska Forest.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas are an international destination for hunting and fishing. Fish from the shore, in a boat, with a lure or a fly or live bait, for everything from muskie to bass to walleye. With Williams Adventures, based at Curve Lake, you can take half and full day guided fishing trips (including shore lunch) with Michael Williams, an Ojibwa member of the Curve Lake First Nation, who will teach you both traditional and contemporary fishing methods. You’ll be in the hands of one of the best—Williams is a professional tournament fisherman, competing in the Bass Champions Tour and the Top Bass Fishing Series.
And if you’re looking for motorized adventures, you’ll find those here, too. Peterborough County is crisscrossed by an extensive network of ATV and dirt bike trails. Straddle your machine and roar through the pristine forests, past rushing rivers, waterfalls and lovely lakes. It’s a great way to combine the wonders of nature with the thrill of speeding through it.
How about some spelunking? The Warsaw Caves, a large conservation area, features a series of seven caves formed thousands of years ago by rushing melt waters flowing from a giant glacier that covered most of Ontario during the last ice age. Lace up your hiking boots and strap on a headlamp and go underground, squeezing through tight passages that open up into circular chambers. You can even spot fossils along the way. The conservation area also offers campsites, canoe rentals and hiking trails.
But the fun isn’t limited to summer. In the winter, trails across the Kawarthas heat up with the roar of snowmobiles. In addition to the thrill, riding a snowmobile is also a great workout, as you lean into turns and push the machine to its limits. It’s also one of the best ways to embrace the chill of winter and get out into the middle of it all. And many businesses, from hotels to restaurants and cafes, cater to the needs of snowmobilers.
You’ll find one such place at the Westwind Inn, near Buckhorn. In addition to its location near the trails (and their willingness to connect would-be riders to snowmobile rentals), a winter stay at the Westwind can include a snowshoe adventure on groomed paths, skating on Buckhorn Lake under the stars, ice fishing, and then an end-of-the-day warm-up in their four seasons hot tub.
Escape The Everyday
Cruising across placid waters. Canoeing down a hidden stream. Following blazes down green, leafy trails, the boughs of pine trees forming a cool covering as you plunge further into the wilderness. These are the thoughts that occupy many an office-dweller on a long, long afternoon at work.
What’s a sure-fire antidote for the cubicle blues? A little bit of time outside, where you can reconnect with your natural self. And you will find outdoor pleasures in abundance in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
You don’t even need to leave the city, when the city in question is Peterborough. Take a Liftlock Cruise, which leaves from a quiet spot near the downtown’s Del Crary Park. Sit out in the open air of the riverboat’s upper deck and roll across Little Lake, past its famous, geyser-like fountain, and into the locks of the world-famous Trent-Severn Waterway, which connects Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay with 32 kilometres of man-made canals and a series of 44 locks (although you will only see a small stretch of it). This sightseeing cruise includes a ride through Lock 21, better known as Peterborough’s hydraulic Lift Lock, the highest in the world. You can even combine the pleasures of being out on the water with a delicious meal and some dinner music with a Little Lake MusicFest Dinner Cruise.
Or head to Millennium Park, a fantastic urban park in downtown Peterborough, for a little bit of solitude in the city. This lovely linear park traces the banks of the Otonabee River. You can walk, bike or in-line skate along the paved riverside trail, or visit the boathouse to take part in some great aquatic activities. Grab a coffee (or lunch) at the Silver Bean Café, then rent a canoe or kayak from Peterborough Pedal and Paddle and take a little time on your own or with family and friends out on the calm waters of the Otonabee and Little Lake—seeing the city from this perspective is something you won’t soon forget.
And you should definitely take a tour the charming hamlets and villages that are spread across the Kawarthas, many of which can be covered in a one-or-two-day driving tour. Lakefield, just north of Peterborough, is a beautiful spot strung along the river. Grab an ice cream cone at Hamblin’s, take a dip at Lakefield Beach, or stroll through the boutiques in its well-preserved downtown. And visit the sites of the village’s remarkable literary history, including the former home of Margaret Laurence, one of Canada’s greatest writers, whose two-story brick home in the centre of town was her last. And at the nearby Christ Church Community Museum, you can look into the lives of literary icons Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, who also made Lakefield their home.
A little further north, you will find Buckhorn, a tiny but vibrant spot near the picturesque lake that bears the same name. Browse its used bookstores, watch the boats pass through its busy lock, and grab a drink or a meal at Mainstreet Landing, which features a huge, open-air patio. And if you time your visit right, you can spend a little time at Fiesta Buckhorn, a fabulous annual food and wine festival that showcases the most delicious products that the region has to offer.
Nearby, you can visit the Gallery on the Lake, one of Canada’s largest retail art galleries, which includes a lovely tea room with view of Buckhorn Lake. And if you visit in the evening, make sure to do a little stargazing at the Buckhorn Observatory, which gives visitors a chance to see the night sky through high-powered telescopes and binoculars.
Burleigh Falls is also worth a stop. Enjoy the views of the rushing rapids that gave this village its name, then spend a little time on Lovesick Lake—you can rent a boat at one of the lodges and campgrounds located right in town.
Have you ever seen sacred carvings that originated from a time well before Christopher Columbus ever sailed to the new world? You can do that at Petroglyphs Provincial Park, where a large white marble rock face displays more than 900 carvings, depicting turtles, snakes, birds and humans. The site is covered by a protective building and surrounded by tall stands of forest, which you can explore using the park’s network of hiking trails.
If you find that you simply cannot pack it all into one day, you’ve certainly got options. There are many campgrounds, cottage rentals, and resorts, and hotels but you may be inclined towards something a little more sophisticated. If so, spend a comfortable night at one of the area’s charming bed and breakfasts, including Shining Waters B&B and Spa in Lakefield, Shambhala Bed and Breakfast in Buckhorn, or Mount Pleasant Country B&B and Culinary Retreat in Cavan.
Family focused, excellent accommodation on Stoney Lake, and Boathouse Pub has Stoney Lake's best view, tastiest food, and coldest beer.
Westwind Inn on the Lake
Sumptuous country dining with a spectacular lake view-so romantic. Accommodation also available for couples.
The Little Lake Musicfest, now entering its 25th season of free-admission entertainment in beautiful Del Crary Park in downtown Peterborough
Half or full day guided fishing tours and shore lunches.
From Farm to Table
How many times have you bit into a piece of fruit, peeled a vegetable, or set down your silverware after a meal and felt truly, fully satisfied? If your response is “rarely,” or even “less often than I’d like,” then read on.
In recent years, inspired by influential books like The Hundred Mile Diet and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, many people have come to realize that the best food is often the stuff that you find in your own backyard—that spending thousands of kilometers in freight containers on ships and trucks is never optimal for nutrition or taste. And those seeking the best will be more than satisfied in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. A land abounding in fresh air and fresh produce, this place is a foodie’s dream-come-true.
For a program that harnesses all the best that nature has to offer, you should definitely sample the delicacies and delights of the Kawartha Choice FarmFresh program. Designed to support local farmers, Kawartha Choice has created a network of farmers, producers, chefs and retailers, putting its fresh, local stamp of approval on everything from buffalo meat to beef, maple syrup, honey and sweet corn.
You can taste its delicious benefits in restaurants throughout Peterborough & the Kawarthas. At the Holiday Inn, a lovely lakeside spot that features live music at its gazebo all summer long, chefs shop at the local farmer’s market, and the menu always includes at least one Kawartha Choice selection. And you can also dine on fresh, local, food at Elmhirst’s Resort, a picturesque, family-owned spot out on beautiful Rice Lake. Here, the wheat comes from Merrylynd Organics, just down the road. Heirloom veggies, fresh eggs, free range chicken and Black Angus beef are all raised on site. Owners and guests alike say it’s better for the community, the environment, and the taste.
And do you like to play with your food? Then you’re in luck. In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, agri-tourism is abundant. At the Buckhorn Berry Farm, you can pick your own baskets of strawberries, raspberries and black currants (and you can also buy an array of handmade jams, made from the berries grown on site). At Lang Pioneer Village, a living history museum—you can see Red Fife Wheat ground into whole wheat flour at the three-story Lang Grist Mill, the way it’s been done since way back in 1846. First engineered in a nearby field, this wheat has become a darling of the slow food movement. A heritage wheat that has experienced a great revitalization in the past 30 years, it’s now planted in fields and featured in artisan bakeries all around the world.
And while Niagara and the Okanogan get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to great Canadian vino, Kawartha Country Wines has quietly built an international reputation. Best known for their fruit wines, this 22-acre spread offers tastings in a historic 19th century log cabin. And you’re going to like what you taste—everything from their apricot dry to their black current port dessert wine have medalled at international competitions.
In our go-go, fast-paced society, drive-thru dining has become an unfortunate necessity, but Peterborough & the Kawarthas offer a fresh take on automotive dining. When the weather warms, roadside stands pop up along the county’s roadways, offering strawberries in late spring, corn in early autumn, and everything else in between. There’s something extremely satisfying about buying produce that’s carried to the roadside and sold by the men and women who grew it, about eating something in the afternoon that was rooted in the soil that very morning.
And you can find all of the region’s best, fresh products at the farmer’s markets that take place throughout the county. Head to Buckhorn on Tuesday mornings for fruit, maple syrup and specialty meats, or Lakefield on Thursday mornings for honey, cheese and much more, and every Saturday at Morrow Park, Peterborough hosts the largest market in the area. More than just a series of stands, a festival atmosphere prevails—you’ll find live fiddle and banjo music, steaming hot food stands serving up cabbage rolls and pierogies, and a generally convivial spirit. It’s the feeling of a community coming together. But the star of the show? Definitely the colourful bounty of farm-fresh produce on offer here. Ruby red tomatoes so big you think they’re going to burst, deep green spinach and Swiss chard, plump strawberries, rich yellow corn. All brought from farms nearby. By the people talking to you from behind the table. It’s a wonder that in a world of global travel and trade, the best things you can buy are right here, fresh and local.
Making Memorable Meals
How often do you experience a truly wonderful dining experience? When the food and wine and atmosphere and service all combined to create a meal that you could actually call “memorable”?
Too often, we settle for less than excellent. For a hastily prepared instant meal on the go. For food as fuel, not pleasure. And that’s a shame. Because in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, eating and enjoyment go hand-in-hand.
Take Peterborough’s café district, a stretch of Hunter Street in the city’s downtown core. These blocks used to host used appliance stores. Now, the sidewalks have been widened to make room for al fresco seating, and this area is home to a string of excellent restaurants. If variety is the spice of life, then there’s plenty of spice here—options range from Mexican to upscale pub to pizza to decadent desserts. And often, the great stories of the chefs and the owners match the wonderful tastes that they serve up.
For instance, La Hacienda. Owner Sandra Lennox, who moved from Mexico to Peterborough several years ago, has seen the city’s culinary scene grow dramatically, especially in the last decade or so. She founded La Hacienda nine years ago and, together with two chefs from her homeland, cooks up authentic Mexican cuisine. “We cook what we would eat, if we were back in Mexico,” she says, with a smile. Salsas here are wonderfully picante. Guacamole is smooth and fresh. Is melty a flavour? If so, there’s a surfeit of it at La Hacienda.
Or how about some pizza? In a world of plastic cheese and tired old combinations, all delivered in 30 minutes or it’s free, The Night Kitchen is a breath of fresh air. Choose from dozens of novel creations, each with is own unique personality. Johnny Special brings together basil pesto, roasted red peppers, Thai chicken and red onion. The Lemon Queen? Sun-dried tomatoes with dill, lemon zest and feta. Feeling exotic? Go for the Flurry of Curry, which brings together butternut squash sauce, spinach and roasted root veggies. And thanks to a number of tables out on the sidewalk, you can sit outside and enjoy a slice or a whole pie with friends.
And a couple doors down the road at Black Honey, Lisa Dixon provides the perfect finish to any visit to the café district. Named after a classic song by the BellRays (a garage rock and soul combo), this restaurant and coffee shop serves up the pleasing mix of sweet and sinful that is name evokes. The coffee here in freshly roasted. The desserts are made in house, from scratch, often with local ingredients. Vegan, low-fat and celiac friendly options are offered. Try a brownie or a slice of cheesecake. You definitely won’t regret it.
When the night beckons, you can find so many great ways to while the night away. Feel like a beer? Head to St. Veronus, Peterborough’s own “Belgian beer temple.” Sit at the long wooden bar, roar with friends, nibble on charcuterie, and swig some Leffe Brune or Delirium Tremens—you don’t need to fly across the Atlantic to experience an authentic Flemish night on the town, complete with mussels and frites (the ultimate Belgian treat).
For a touch of sophistication, check out the 2nd Floor Lounge, a downtown spot featuring VIP treatment and bottle service. Mood lighting, champagne, and a very nice list of tasty martinis—it’s enough to make you feel a bit like Don Draper from Mad Men. Feel like dancing? Head downstairs to The Rooster, Peterborough’s hottest dance club. High energy music, excellent DJs and a young crowd combine to make the hot nights of summer even hotter.
But some nights, you just want to chill out. A cold drink on a dock, beside cool, lapping waters. Or cool music under the warm night sky—something that you will find at the Holiday Inn’s lakeside gazebo. A concert series now entering its tenth season, blues night at the gazebo attracts top talent from all over North America to this open-air venue, every Friday night through the summer. Last year’s season was opened and closed by Jack de Keyzer, a man praised by Bob Dylan, who has played with the famed Etta James and won two Juno awards along the way, and he will play four shows this year, again book-ending the season. Other highlights include Fathead, a funk, soul and blues ensemble that used to back up the legendary Ronnie Hawkins, and George Olliver, “the blue-eyed prince of soul” who has toured with The Who and The Rolling Stones. Craft burgers and draft beers are served up as people dance softly under the stars or out on the nearby boardwalk. Or just sit back and soak up the blues. It’s all very lovely.
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront
Ideally situated along the Trent Severn Waterway in the downtown business and shopping district with 60 restaurants within walking distance.
Regional Cuisine & Fine Wine / Sunday Brunch / Lakeside Lunch / Affordable Accommodations / Family Focused.