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.
There’s so much to do besides seeing the amazing foliage turn. Get out on the water, on the trail. Go road tripping. Run a 10k. Eat your way across the county at artisan restaurants. Take a float plane over Rice Lake. Hit the racetrack. Stop in town for a latte. If you lead an active life, Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers you so many choices. Turn over a new leaf.
Float Your Boat
Did you know that Peterborough is the home of the modern Canoe, that great symbol of the Canadian spirit? You can see this – along with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s famous fringe jacket – at the Canadian Canoe Museum. Rain or shine. The Art Gallery of Peterborough is just around the corner. Their fall feature Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour as well as the Apsley Autumn Studio Tour feature fine art, pottery, glass, stone, wood, jewelry and textiles from local artists. And if you’re really keen on fall, there’s a cornucopia of fall festivals waiting for you to enjoy, including The Norwood Fall Fair, The Keene Pumpkin Festival, and the Pumpkin Festival at Buckhorn Berry Farm.
Our deep forests, open fields, plentiful waters and wilderness areas make the Peterborough & the Kawarthas a great place for hunters, anglers, conservationists and nature lovers of all stripes. Our rolling hills and country roads make superb cycling, including the nearly 300kms of signed road cycling routes the span the region. You can take an eco-board walk through the Stony Lake wetlands at Pine Vista Resort. The O.F.A.H/Mario Cortellucci Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre tells the story of conservation and the fishing and hunting movement.
Up the Creek, With A Paddle
If you’re up early, you can paddle peaceful backwaters, harvesting Black Duck wild rice the traditional way with a First Nation’s guide, or meander your way throughout the day along Canada’s Treasured Waterway on one of 10 Signature Paddling Routes. The fall harvest infuses local tables with hearty fare and hand-made preserves. What a time for restauranting! Savour the fruits of our centuries-old farmlands by eating and drinking your way across the region on the Brews, Bites and Barns Brewery Discovery Route.
Start Your Engines
Get your motor running. Head out on the highway. Look for adventure in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. We have some of the best-loved, well-known motorcycling routes in Ontario and some of the most spectacular technicolour fall drives you’ll find.