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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.

Of course if you prefer the rush of a paddle adventure, your choice may be a kayak…

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is made for paddling: canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and rowing. The region is dotted with pristine lakes and lined with sparkling rivers.

In fact, you don’t have to go far to find a spot to launch a canoe for an afternoon’s paddle. And many local resorts include paddle sports among their activities. “Who needs to drive three hours?” asks Carolyn Hyslop of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. “Here, you can do it on a whim.”

The canoe might as well have been invented in the Kawarthas, because it has played such a pivotal role in local history, first for indigenous, then for the fur trade. Canoeing was the transportation of choice for early tourists and sportsmen and for much of the 20th century, Peterborough & the Kawarthas made more canoes than anywhere in the world. You can still picture those early adventurers when you visit the Canadian Canoe Museum, where the legacy of the canoe is very much alive.

It’s all at your doorstep, whether you bring your own canoe or rent one: A leisurely paddle along the Indian River. A day trip on Eel’s Creek. Overnight adventures in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Advanced technical kayaking on the Mississauga River. And when the day is over, you’re still close enough to civilization that you can toast the day over home-crafted ale and other local gastronomic delights. Paddling is a pleasure anywhere but you’ll only find this kind of bonus in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

“If it is love that binds people to places in the nation of rivers and in this river of nations then one enduring expression of that simple truth is surely the canoe.” – James Raffin, adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Watch THE CANOE, a film documenting five different stories of Ontarian who have connected to our natural environment, each other and themselves through paddling. Start planning your next canoe, kayak, SUPing or rafting adventure.

Share your Paddling adventures using #PaddleON

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