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Best Winter Ever

a frozen lake at sunset
Chemong Lake in the winter

This winter stay close to home while still getting outside of your comfort zone. Whether your looking for outdoor adventure in a winter wonderland or to chill fire side, there’s snow better way to warm up to winter than here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Skate under the Peterborough Lift Lock

Hunter St. E. & Ashburnham Dr., Peterborough

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

Note: The City of Peterborough maintains the ice surface as allowed by the weather conditions. A safety flag identifies if ice conditions are safe: A green flag indicates skating is permitted. A red flag indicates skating is not permitted. View the current flag status here.

Hit top speeds at the Ontario Speed Skating Oval

3358 Lakefield Rd., Lakefield

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.

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. See what’s open year-round and find your perfect place to stay here.

woman reading by the fire
Catch up on some reading.
A picnic table with snowshoes and coffee sitting on it
Enjoy some post-snowshoe coffee!

Cross the Countryside on Skis

Kawartha Nordic Ski Club
7107 Hwy 28, North Kawartha

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.

Whether you are a Nordic Skiier, Snowshoer, horse back rider, Bird Watcher or Hiker – you will also love exploring our winding winter trails especially the Trans Canada Trail which runs right through Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Trek along. Take in the untouched beauty of the Kawarthas Wilderness. View some of our incredible trails here.

family snowshoeing in a forest
Try a snowshoe hike and experience nature in a whole new way.

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 and read about their adventures here.

Sweet yourself to Scones, Muffins, and Buttertarts OH MY!

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.

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.

two pies on a table
Try a pie from the Pastry Peddler!
six butter tarts in a pan
Butter tarts are a local favourite.

Meander through the Canadian Canoe Museum & Peterborough Museum & Archives

Canadian Canoe Museum910 Monaghan Rd., Peterborough
Peterborough Museum & Archives300 Hunter St. E., Peterborough

At the Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM), 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!”

Once you’ve travelled the country at the Canoe Museum stop by the Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) to learn about Peterborough’s unique history.