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Have some City with your Country

Have you ever tried to get away from it all, only to find you are right back in it? Traffic jams, tourist traps and canned experiences? It’s time for something fresh, come to unspoiled Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Browse the many ways you can explore Peterborough & the Kawarthas below, or discover the region with our interactive map.


If you love the Great Outdoors

Our deep forests, open fields, plentiful waters and wilderness areas make this a nature lovers paradise.

Man on boat


If boating fills your boots, imagine a place ideal for boating: dozens of pristine lakes to explore; new scenery at every turn; endless opportunities for water sports and fishing; plenty of marinas, outfitters and other places to stop along the way.

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Sepia tone fishing boat and gear


Fishing is all about bragging rights: about the biggest bass you ever caught; about that foolproof lure; about the one that got away.

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Woman biking


We’re talking cycling here. Feeling the wind in your face and the landscape in your soul. Pumping flat out on the flats. Doing the three-day distance over hills, down dales.

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Golfing in Peterborough & the Kawarthas


Our region boasts more than a dozen affordable public courses, catering to all skill levels. Their lush fairways challenge every aspect of your game, but best of all; they offer fresh air, fewer crowds, less noise, and captivating scenery.

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Aerial view canoe in river


Imagine that you’re dipping your paddle into the dawn rising on perfectly still waters of a wilderness lake, the birds are starting to sing and so is your heart.

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If you want to Seize the Seasons

Our seasons never sleep.

Road in winter


When you’ve had enough of grey slush, and are looking a little grey yourself, break free – if even for a day – by heading out to Peterborough & the Kawarthas. With your heart pumping, the wind in your cheeks and shouts of joy, you can skate on the canal, ski down hill, make a snowman.

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McCleans Berry Farm Sugar Shack sign


If you wait for summer to get on the road… on the water… or on the town… life just might be passing you by. Come to Peterborough & the Kawarthas where activities and events are popping up all over.

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Canoes on ground near water


Before life got franchised and castles replaced cabins, there was the humble Canadian Cottage and Resort. Luckily for you, this rare species still thrives in the welcoming habitat of Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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Lift Lock with boat in Autumn


Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean that vacationing is done. Don’t think of touring as a break from daily life. Think of it as part of life itself. That’s what three-day weekends and impulse adventures are all about. Show your true colours by coming out to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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If you’re looking for Family Fun

We tend to forget that the real stars aren’t on television. They’re in the sky, never more beautiful than when reflected in the quiet waters of the Kawarthas.

Young girl swimming


Going to the beach shouldn’t be like squeezing into a sandy sardine tin. In Peterborough & the Kawarthas we have beaches for every childhood memory.

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Sepia tone hiking


Armed only with a GPS device and an adventurous spirit, geocachers are modern-day treasure hunters. Their quest is to navigate a specific set of GPS co-ordinates and try to locate a geocache—or treasure—in a waterproof container hidden at that location.

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Anyone who has ever shopped till they dropped knows there are—basically—three kinds of shopping…

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Woman and her dog hiking through forest

Parks & Trails

The world’s longest recreational trail—which runs 23,000 kilometres across Canada—runs right through Peterborough & the Kawarthas on its way to the Pacific coast.

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Marshmallows roasting in campfire


Pitch your tent in our backyard. There’s something magical about eating an ooey-gooey marshmallow off a stick and catching fireflies at dusk. It’s fun – the way it was before it was manufactured by marketers and sold in stores everywhere.

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If you’re a Culture & History Buff

Heritage and culture are very much a part of day-to-day life in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Artifacts at a museum

Culture & Heritage

There’s nothing more perfect then watching the sense of wonder dawn across your child’s face as she discovers how we used to live even before there was television as you stroll through Lang Pioneer Village.

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Stack of books


“Oh, what a magnificent scene of wild and lonely grandeur burst upon us as we swept round the little peninsula, and the whole majesty of Stony Lake broke upon us at once…”—Susanna Moodie, Roughing it in the Bush

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Totem pole

First Nations Culture

Aboriginal history is alive and well in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, most obviously at Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

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If you love to be entertained

If your natural habitat is the pub, the café or the theatre..if you are a party animal or a cultural’ll be right at home here.

Band performing on outdoor stage


Whether its rock, folk, jazz, blues or the classics there always seems to be music in the air.

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Hands using a pottery wheel

Art & Entertainment

Artists and artisans are attracted for the same reasons that you will be: the scenery, the friendly people, the chance to escape the city.

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Natalie McMaster Performing in Peterborough & the Kawarthas


Night owls welcome. Bars, clubs, pubs and eateries. Rooftop lounges, clubs, sidewalk patios, late-night restaurants and live bands. Intimate cafes, poetry slams, crowd scenes, cappuccino bars and artisan breweries.

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People eating and drinking wine in a dark and intimate room

Food & Drink

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.

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