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Have the Best Winter Ever in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Winter is a great time to visit Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Have you ever skated on a Canal? What about under the World’s Highest Hydraulic Lift Lock? Tried Kiteboarding? What about on the ice?


1. Skate under the Lift Lock

Gliding along frozen water. Seeing your warm breath in the frosty air. There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than ice skating. Whether you’re looking to take your kids out skating, get out with some friends, or have a romantic arm-in-arm skating excursion with your significant other – you’ll want to skate under the shadow of the world famous Peterborough Lift Lock.


2. Cross the Countryside on Skis.

The Kawartha Nordic Ski Club has rail distances range from 1 km to 30 km, with a total of 30 km. There are groomed skate and classic country ski trails with a cozy chalet to warm up in, you don’t want to miss this. Whether you’re an avid skier, searching for that backcountry experience or just looking for a casual run with exceptional scenery you’ll find it here.


3. The Zoo is fun in winter too.

Riverview Park and Zoo is a fabulous place to enjoy a leisurely stroll in a peaceful and tranquil setting while experiencing the natural beauty of Peterborough, year round.


4. Winter Camping at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

What better excuse to snuggle than a cold winters night in the breathtakingly beautiful Kawartha Highland Provincial Park. Pack your warmest socks and coziest sweater it’s time for an adventure. New to Winter camping? Camp with the experts at The Land Canadian Adventures.


5. Hike the Trans Canada Trail – Winter Style

Whether you are a Nordic Skiier, Snowshoer, Bird Watcher or Hiker – you will love exploring our winding winter trails. Trek along. Take in the untouched beauty of the Kawarthas Wilderness.


6. Cuddle Up in Cottage Country

Nothing says cozy like snuggling in a lakeside cottage, with snow falling outside and a roaring fire inside. Cuddle up with your family in true Canadian Cottage Country this winter and get back to basics.


7. Eat Local

Fill up and fuel up locally. Embrace the true Canadian cottage experience, enriched by the fruits of centuries-old farmlands – and topped off with all the culture you can drink in. The new wave in local cuisine is not new in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. For over 10 years a strong buy local, farm to table choice has been living and breathing, being served up daily.


8. Indulge

Scones, Muffins, and Cheese Cake OH MY! All it takes is a quick stroll through the region’s Farmers’ Markets to notice that there is no shortage of talented bakers in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Can’t decide what to indulge in? Sweet Yourself to the Butter Tart Tour throughout Peterborough City, County and the rest of Kawarthas Northumberland.


9. Build a Snowfamily

Hat. Check. Scarf. Check. Carrot. Check. Roll back to your childhood and get outdoors, pack away and create a snowfamily today.


10. Cruise through the Canadian Canoe Museum

Experience the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft and learn how the canoe has defined the Canadian character and spirit. Spanning the country from coast to coast to coast, the museum’s outstanding artifacts will let you “See Canada by Canoe!”


11. Snap a photo with Snofest Pete.

The Snofest Winter Carnival is a month long carnival that has a variety of events including Family Skating, Curling Funspeil, Bingo, Carnival Day and Snofest Idol. Snap your photo with Snofest Pete at any or all of these events!


12. Go Kiteboarding with Elmhirst’s Resort’s Snowkite Weekend.

Each year, snow kiting continues to grow as a sport, and so does Elmhirst’s Snowkiter’s weekend. Open to newcomers and experienced enthusiasts alike, the weekend includes demos, lessons and a swap meet.


13. Hit top speeds at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval

Don’t let winter slow you down! Lace up your skates, bundle up, and prepare yourself for a beautiful view as you glide along the Ontario Speed Skating Oval.

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