10 Ways to #FallforPtbo


1. Fall for Fairs & Fests

Fall back in time at Lang Pioneer Village as they host great events for foodies and families including Keene Pumpkin Festival and Historic All Hallows Eve, Circa 1800. Take part in our Thanksgiving tradition and head out to the Norwood Fall Fair. Click here for more Must See Fall Events in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Fun at the fair, The Norwood Fall Fair, Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Ontario







2. Drench Yourself in Colour

If “leaf peeping” is your thing, hit the road – the county road that is. We have designed a few Fall Driving Tours to help you enjoy all the incredible colours of the changing leaves:

To Burleigh or Bust

Harvest Season in Harbour Town

Leaf it to Lang

Ring around Lake Stony

To Buckhorn & Beyond

Heritage Haunts – Fall Drive

The Art of Autumn 

Prefer to step out rather than roll through? Check out the fall colour on the Robert Johnston Eco Forest Trail in Douro-Dummer, which offers a great shady area to hike through, with a gorgeous canopy of turning leaves overhead and the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet.

asphodel-norwood fall road

3. 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. Shop for fresh produce and local goods at farmers’ markets. Savour a meal at a local restaurant where the food was offered up from the earth at a farm that is mere minutes away.

Local Heirloom Tomatoes, Farm Fresh Food in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Ontario

4. Draw in a Breath of Fresh Air – Autumn Studio Tours

Drawing inspiration from the beautiful landscapes and streetscapes in Peterborough County is as easy as drawing in a breath of fresh air here. Explore studios of renowned and hidden artists that call Peterborough “home”. Artists here work in a variety of media including metal, glass, textiles, pottery, and watercolours. Explore for yourself at Apsley Autumn Studio Tour and the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour.

studio tour paint brushes

5. Do you believe in Ghosts?

Embark upon a guided journey of Peterborough’s spellbinding past with Trent Valley Archives. Whether you’re a new Trent University student, or visiting the area for the weekend – if you love a good story, their city tours will be right up your alley.

October’s Downtown Ghost Walks (October 19, 20, 23-26) will leave you guessing, and the Little Lake Cemetery Twilight Pageant (September 30 & October 1) will introduce you to some of Peterborough’s famous and infamous residents – telling tales from their graveside.

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant, Trent Valley Archives, Historical Tours, Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Ontario

6. Quest for the Best Pumpkin
There is something about Peterborough that brings about a feeling of genuine love for our hometown. And with love comes affectionate nicknames – Ptbo, The Electric City and of course Peterpatch. We’re not really sure where the last originated from, but it has a nice ring to it. And on an October weekend, you may think it has something to do with a trip to the pumpkin patch.

Visit roadside stands and farmers’ markets to find that perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack o’lantern or bake into a pie. Attend two of our fall Pumpkin Festivals Keene Pumpkin Festival (October 14th) & Buckhorn Pumpkinfest. Take in the car show, great live entertainment and much more.

close up pumpkin fall

7. Coasting on Air – Hikes & Bikes
Pedaling in Peterborough is a cyclist’s dream – why you might ask, when you can ride a bike almost anywhere? It has to do with the fresh air, the colourful scenery, the joy of being part of the breeze, coasting ever so slightly above the ground. Riding a bike is about discovering hidden cafes in turn-of-the-century farm towns. It is about uncovering the secret beautiful sites and sounds along the way. And in fall, it is about experiencing the beautiful fall colours and local fall specialties. Reconnect with nature.

Millennium Park, Fall Cycling, Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Ontario

8. Become a Fall foodie
Manomin, commonly known as wild rice is an annual plant that grows in the Kawartha Lakes. James Whetung’s Black Duck Wild Rice is harvested each September using traditional methods passed down from the elders. The local culinary delight is celebrated for its history, value and rhythms, and savoured for its unique taste and texture.

Sweet tooth? Take the self-guided Buttertart Tour. More of a pie lover? Here is a list of bakeries in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Don’t forget to quench your thirst at one of these local breweries and winery.

BBQ and Brews - Publican House Square Nail Pour

9. Leaf it all behind.

Get out the cozies – sneakers, jeans and hoodies. Feet up. Beverage of choice in hand. Nothing but the shining waters of Peterborough & the Kawarthas in front of you. Now #ThisisLiving.

May Long Weekend on the Dock, KawarthaChairs, Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Ontario

10. A Little City with Your Country

Trying to decide between a great urban escape filled with theatre and a great selection of local dining opportunities, or a country escape filled with driving tours, beautiful scenery and quaint country towns? Why? When you visit Peterborough & the Kawarthas you can have the best of both worlds. By day, enjoy great fall hikes and drives. Explore a winding river road or pedal through rolling country hills. Stop and explore tiny towns, bursting with character. By night, bring it back downtown – choose a restaurant based on your favourite type of cuisine (there are so many great choices). Take in a great live band or play at our downtown pubs and theatres that attract big names familiar to Toronto concert goers.

This is living pumpkin on fall leaves