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Welcome to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

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

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Welcome! It is expected to be sunny with a high of 21.3°C today.

Hundred of Canoeists and Kayakers at the Peterborough Lift Lock's annual Lock & Paddle event

Bucket List-Worthy Experiences Await!

Get ready for the “Best. Summer. Ever.”
Did you know that Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers unique experiences that can’t be found anywhere else in the world?

The best way to get to know a place is to explore it. We’ve curated the region’s most iconic experiences (and one’s you should plan to immerse yourselves in to truly get to know us).

Annually, hundreds of paddlers gather at the annual Lock + Paddle event at the Peterborough Lift Lock. In 2023, they set a new record with 403 canoes and kayaks participating. This year, on July 20 you could be part of the fun!

Local Experiences

Burleigh Kayak Experience
3 kayaks in water looking towards rocks popping out of the water
Experience, Adventure, Outdoors

Burleigh Kayak Experience

Our Burleigh bundle is the perfect way to experience kayaking in the Kawarthas including a cozy stay at the Burleigh Falls Inn!

Indigenously Infused at Mitigwaaki
Owner of Indigenously Infused standing behind table with candle products on it
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Educational, Indigenous, Outdoors

Indigenously Infused at Mitigwaaki

A Behind the scenes view of the sacred medicines, and a hands on memory you’ll never forget. Take home more than a souvenir – take home a new skill, a new understanding, and a piece of your experience

Guided Fishing Tours
Two people holding large fish (carp)
Experience, Adventure, Educational, Outdoors

Guided Fishing Tours

As a passionate educator and Carp angling guru, William Muschett will take you on the exciting journey of pursuing this incredible species. Along the way, you will participate in discussions of environmental history, conservation, and ending a stigma that has spanned generations.

Natural farming tour
Close up of baby lamb face
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.

Farmer for a Morning
Person walking towards animals in a pen
Experience, Agritourism, Educational

Farmer for a Morning

Have you ever wondered just what it’s like to be a farmer? Harley Farms is now offering “Farmer for a Morning” experiences!

Walk with alpacas
2 Alpacas being walked on a grass trail
Experience, Agritourism, Outdoors

Walk with alpacas

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.

Farm to Forest Getaway
Wood bunkie with green roof in the woods with a small front porch and white rocking chair
Authentic Adventure
Experience, Agritourism, 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.

Tree Tapping Experience
Poster for the Tree Tapping Experience, someone tapping a tree
Experience, Agritourism, Culinary, Outdoors

Tree Tapping Experience

Get ready for a day filled with laughter, learning, and unexpected delights as you and your family revel in the enchanting world of the maple season.  Don’t just anticipate the fun – prepare to be amazed as we craft lasting memories together in the heart of maple country

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

Protected: Rare Escape: Outdoor Culinary Experiences

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Maple Tastings
Three people dressed for winter, each holding up a shot glass of maple syrup
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Maple Tastings

Make this a date to remember, immerse yourself in the sweetest love story nature has to offer. Join us and let the romance of maple syrup steal your heart!

Harvest Dinner
Looking towards Rolling Grape building with sign saying "Rolling Grape"
Experience, Culinary, Outdoors

Harvest Dinner

Guests will be greeted with a glass of wine before being seated for dinner on our picturesque patio, overlooking our vineyard and the rolling hills. The incredibly talented Deanna Earle will be joining us to perform a serenade throughout the evening.

Guided Nature Tour
Red pig laying in green grass with yellow flowers in the background
Experience, Educational, Outdoors

Guided Nature Tour

This guided nature walk allows you to see what “farming in harmony with nature” looks like from nature’s perspective!

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.

The Secret Case Files Escape Getaways
Table with a black rotary telephone, papers and a magnifying glass
Experience, Adventure, Outdoors

The Secret Case Files Escape Getaways

The Escape Maze presents The Secret Case Files, escape weekend getaways. It’s a game but everything feels like you are living in a real-life detective story.

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.

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. Have you long admired horses from a far, and the way that these majestic creatures have a history that is intrinsically-tied to their bond to humans? Here is your chance to tap into the connection first-hand.

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, lifecycles, colony jobs, honey production, pollination, challenges with an apiary and more. 

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.

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 fields.

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 alike!

Come kiss a snout
A pig standing in hay
Experience, Educational, Outdoors

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!

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.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism was awarded the Sustainable DMO award for the pledge at the 2022 Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards, presented by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario

Ontario Tourism Resiliency Awards Winner Logo

Upcoming events in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

  • Lock & Paddle 2024
    peterborough lift lock filled with canoes in each tub
    Event

    Lock & Paddle 2024

    July 20 at 8:00 am—Free

    353 Hunter Street E
    Peterborough, Ontario Canada
  • 2024 Lakefield Literary Festival
    3 people sitting on a panel
    Event

    2024 Lakefield Literary Festival

    July 20 at 8:00 am—$30 – $115

    4391 County Rd 29
    Lakefield, Ontario K0L 2H0 Canada

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