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.
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.
Fishing is all about bragging rights: about the biggest bass you ever caught; about that foolproof lure; about the one that got away.
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.
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.
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.
If you want to Seize the Seasons
Our seasons never sleep.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Anyone who has ever shopped till they dropped knows there are—basically—three kinds of shopping…
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.
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.
If you’re a Culture & History Buff
Heritage and culture are very much a part of day-to-day life in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
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.
“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
First Nations Culture
Aboriginal history is alive and well in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, most obviously at Petroglyphs Provincial Park.
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 maven..you’ll be right at home here.
Whether its rock, folk, jazz, blues or the classics there always seems to be music in the air.
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.
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.
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.