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Peterborough & the Kawarthas in Technicolour
- Posted by: Cara Walsh on September 16, 2011
A former Trent University student, I first became acquainted with this region in the autumn – and it was love at first sight. The City & County become saturated in oranges, reds and yellows, as the leaves start to change. Getting to know Peterborough by walking along the trails, exploring the streetscapes and rolling hills of farmland, with the crisp autumn air on your face, and the crunch of fallen leaf beneath your feet, was an amazing experience. And the leaves aren’t the only things that are golden – there is a great volume and variety of activities, tastes, artwork and more awaiting your arrival in Peterborough County. Allow me to share with you five reasons to fall in love Peterborough & the Kawarthas this fall.
#1 – We’ll Show Our True Colours
If “leaf peeping” is your thing, hit the road – the county road that is – and there are plenty of routes to choose from. Might I suggest the Scenic River Road, which winds from Trent University’s campus to the village of Lakefield, following the natural twists and turns of the Otonabee River. Or perhaps a drive along County Road 2 from Bailieboro to Hastings, with rolling hills of farmlands and the glimmer of Rice Lake. The view from here is magnificent.
#2 – Cool Days & Warm Hospitality
We sure will miss those hazy days of summer, but with cooler temperatures in the air - outdoor activities can be enjoyed without the sweltering summer heat. Enjoy hiking, biking and other such fun. Stop in at a café for a warm bevvie. Cozy up for the night at one of our resorts, bed & breakfasts or area hotels. A warm welcome will be awaiting your arrival.
#3 – Small Town, Big Fun
Filled with quaint heritage villages, bustling with people and events, stop in and explore the communities around Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Shop for unique gifts in Millbrook. Enjoy a meal in Lakefield. Take in an agricultural fair, such as the Norwood Fall Fair, a great way to spend Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends, in the “Friendly Town” of Norwood.
#4 – Arts & Culture
It seems that almost everywhere you turn in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, there is a studio tour, a theatre performance, a festival…you get the idea. Find out why many Ontario artists have a special place in their hearts for Peterborough & the Kawarthas:
A few recommendations for you arts & culture minded folks:
Apsley Autumn Studio Tour – September 17 & 18: A self-drive tour of studios surrounding Apsley, enjoy the autumn splendor along the Highway 28 passage. Download your own guide at www.apsleystudiotour.com
Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour – September 24 & 25: A self-drive tour of studios throughout the Kawarthas. Spend a few hours or the whole weekend. www.agp.on.ca/studiotour
Great live theatre and musical performances can be experienced at Showplace Performance Centre, Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, the Peterborough Theatre Guild and on selected dates at Lang Pioneer Village.
#5 – We’ll Save You a Seat at Our Table (Food & Farms)
Roadtrip. Shop. Savour. The harvest season is upon us and Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers a feast for all the senses. Roadtrip along our winding country roads and stop at area farm stands. I suggest County Road 23 with a stop at Buckhorn’s McLean’s Berry Farm that will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival on October weekends. Shop for fresh produce and local goods at the Saturday Peterborough Farmers Market, Wednesday Downtown Peterborough Market and Thursday Lakefield Farmers Market. Savour a meal at a local restaurant where the foods were offered up from the earth at a farm that is mere minutes away.
By: Cara Walsh