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Welcome to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

The City of Peterborough and Peterborough County, Ontario, Canada.

Traditional Place Name: Nogojiwanong

Welcome! It is expected to be overcast with a high of 11°C today.

Local Experiences

Equine Inspired Wellness Experiences
A person stands beside a horse
Experience, Agritourism

Equine Inspired Wellness Experiences

All workshops invite you to discover the joy of meeting a gentle heard of horses and donkeys and set the stage for your transformational journey of healing, personal growth and renewal. Gain practical skills to enhance your own resilience as you learn how our nervous system responds to the world around us. All adults 18 years plus are welcomed. No previous experience with mindfulness, meditation or horses is required.

Rare Escape: Outdoor Culinary Experiences
a group of people eating food around a fire in the woods
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Rare Escape: Outdoor Culinary Experiences

Are you a local foodie who is on the search for a unique dining experience? Pack your hiking gear and head out on a road trip to a special GPS destination where Chef Tyler Scott will guide you on an outdoor culinary experience you’ll never forget!

Farm to Forest Getaway
a two-story tiny house with a small front porch in the forest
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Farm to Forest Getaway

Refresh. Reconnect. Reset.
Surround yourself with trees, farm fields and the river while staying in our loft cabin nestled in the forest. Enjoy slow cooking your meals over the fire as you take in the sights and sounds of Mother Nature. Guests are welcome to discover more of the property via the trails throughout the farmecome well-known for the incredible experiences, dedication and details that they offer their guest

Peterborough Folk Festival
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Experience

Peterborough Folk Festival

For its 33rd year, this nationally renowned 3 day music festival returns to the City of Peterborough.

Paddle Carving at The Canadian Canoe Museum
A person carves a piece of wood
Authentic Adventure
Experience

Paddle Carving at The Canadian Canoe Museum

Shape your path forward with this fun paddle carving workshop as you immerse yourself in “canoe culture” at this national museum – that is just a quick portage from Peterborough’s vibrant downtown.

PTBO Picnic
A bottle of wine, a wrap, and wine glasses in a backpack stand on a table.
Authentic Adventure
Experience

PTBO Picnic

This experience for four people will have you sampling a delightful array of tried-and-true local favourites and experiencing the freshest fun that Peterborough & the Kawarthas has to offer.

Meet the Herd at The Mane Intent
A person pets the head of a small horse
Authentic Adventure
Experience

Meet the Herd at The Mane Intent

Get back to basics and explore an inspiring connection to nature, people and yourself.

Stone Sculpting Workshops at ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery
woman sculpting stone
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Arts, Outdoors

Stone Sculpting Workshops at ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery

Draw inspiration from stunning scenery and inspiring Zimbabwean stone sculpture as you tap into your inner artist at ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery.  This destination gallery is where you’ll find a taste of global culture nestled in the rolling hills surrounding Rice Lake.

Peterborough Musicfest
a crowd gathered
Experience, Outdoors

Peterborough Musicfest

Every spring since 1987, the City of Peterborough excitedly awaits the start of a summer festival like no other. A festival that offers eight-weeks of free admission concerts that showcase renowned musicians in a beautiful gathering place at the end of the rapids (Nogojiwanong) on the shores of picturesque Little Lake

It’s all about the bees
People stand in a line with honey
Experience, Agritourism

It’s all about the bees

Join a fun and interactive tour of an apiary and experience a slice of being a beekeeper. Learn about honeybee biology, lifecylces, colony jobs, honey production, pollination, challenges with an apiary and more. 

Unique workshops at the Canadian Canoe Museum
old canoes on display
Experience, Arts

Unique workshops at the Canadian Canoe Museum

There’s truly something for everyone! The Canadian Canoe Museum offers a wide variety of workshops to suit all tastes.

Learn to throw on a potter’s wheel
Child creating pottery
Experience, Arts

Learn to throw on a potter’s wheel

Whether you’re a beginner just getting started with pottery or a serious hobbyist looking to refine their skills, the English Potter has a class suited to your individual needs.

Hang out with the zoo critters
Children stand in a line
Experience, Outdoors

Hang out with the zoo critters

The Park and Zoo is an educational facility that encourages exploration and connection to nature in an outdoor environment. Get a chance to ask a zookeeper your wildest curious questions. Otter feeding encounters happen May through September at our world-class otter exhibit

Lavender workshops
Lavender
Experience, Agritourism, Arts

Lavender workshops

Enhance your senses with the fragrance of lavender. Try your hand crafting a lavender wreath or wand. Or enjoy a relaxing session of yoga, reflexology or aromatherapy in our lavender fileds.

Create a sweet treat!
plate of assorted chocolates
Experience, Culinary

Create a sweet treat!

Ready to Get Your Hands Messy? Experience choclocate making the old way! Make your own artisan chocolate bars, ganache and truffles by hand. Dip and decorate to your hearts desire!

Sightseeing flights
Aerotrikes in the sky
Experience, Outdoors

Sightseeing flights

In a one hour flight, you will enjoy the beauty of the Kawarthas as never seen before. We can cruise over the Otonabee river at 2,000 feet, and fly the north shore of Rice Lake.

Artisan workshops
A person works on a loom
Experience, Arts

Artisan workshops

Preserving heritage artisans’ skills and enhancing the community of Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ by providing education and skills training to locals and visitors alke!

Introductory Stone Carving Workshops
People carve stones under tents
Experience, Arts, Outdoors

Introductory Stone Carving Workshops

Introductory sculpting workshops led by a visiting Zimbabwean sculptor who has been invited to be ZimArt’s artist-in-residence for the season.

Downtown Ptbo Food Tour
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Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Downtown Ptbo Food Tour

Join us for a 3-1/2 hour guided walking tour of downtown Peterborough. Delicious food stops are on the menu of the tour. Discover the rich history and meet some of the key characters of Peterborough’s past.

Natural farming tour
Three farm animals lay in the hay
Experience, Agritourism, Outdoors

Natural farming tour

There is never a dull moment at Harley Farms. Come and see for yourself! Now offering tours for those who would like a further peak into the behind the scenes and to see how happy and healthy the animals are in their natural environments.

Come kiss a snout
A pig standing in hay
Experience, Agritourism

Come kiss a snout

At The Pearly Acre there are 13 residents. All of them have their own unique story as to how they came to be at the Pearly Acre. Come meet: Bullet, Piper, Ivy, Dexter, Cash, Rosie, Quincy, Georgie, Hugh, Opal, Phoenix, Charlotte & Fern!

Party Bike tour downtown Ptbo
People laugh while riding a large pedal-powered vehicle
Experience, Outdoors

Party Bike tour downtown Ptbo

“Tally-ho!” It’s the call you will make on the streets of downtown Peterborough this summer, as you board the light green 15-passenger bike with other riders smiling, laughing, and pedalling to their next destination.

Walk with alpacas
Family walking an alpaca
Experience, Agritourism, Outdoors

Walk with alpacas

Playful, graceful, and a little marvelous, each alpaca has a unique personality. With patience, kindness and presence you will gain the trust of your alpaca and be ready to set off on the guided walk in the company of your new friend, with many opportunities for photos along the way.

Dine Under Water at Lock 21
People dining in Lift Lock
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Dine Under Water at Lock 21

This award-winning, hands-on historical dining experience through, inside and under the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, is truly a feast for the senses. Explore the unique tastes, sights and stories of Peterborough from the region’s most famous landmark.

O'de Piitaanemaan Pledge logo

We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on the Treaty20 Michi Saagiig Anishnaabeg territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, known collectively as the Williams Treaty First Nations which include Hiawatha First Nation and Curve Lake First Nation.  

We respectfully acknowledge that the Williams Treaty First Nations are stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come. 

We also recognize that building strong communities depends on strong Indigenous communities.

Upcoming events in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

  • Fall Harvest Market
    logo of Hiawatha First Nation Michisaagiig of Rice Lake
    Event

    Fall Harvest Market

    October 1 at 10:00 am—Free

    221 Serpent Mounds Road
    Keene, K0L 2G0
  • Bucktoberfest
    Buckhorn Community Centre logo. 2 green trees with wording that says where volunteers make it happen
    Event

    Bucktoberfest

    October 1 at 6:00 pm—$35

    1782 Lakehurst Road
    Buckhorn, AZ K0L 1J0
  • Peterborough Comicon
    an image with the logo of pop culture canada
    Event

    Peterborough Comicon

    October 2 at 10:00 am—$5

    286 George St N
    Peterborough, K9J3H2

Getting to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

  • Toronto, ON
    137km/85mi (1hr 40mins drive)
  • Ottawa, ON
    271km/168mi (3hrs 16mins drive)
  • Kingston, ON
    180km/112mi (2hrs 10mins drive)
  • Niagara Falls, ON
    263km/163mi (2hr 58mins drive)
  • Hamilton, ON
    203km/126mi (2hr 21mins drive)
  • Barrie, ON
    157km/98mi (2hr 6mins drive)
  • London, ON
    316km/196mi (3hr 30mins drive)
  • Rochester, NY
    438km/272mi (6hr 11mins drive)
  • Buffalo, NY
    294km/183mi (3hr 56mins drive)
Proximity map of Peterborough & the Kawarthas