There’s a saying that you cannot step foot in the same river twice – because the water is always changing – that is especially true here.
Dip your paddle into the Peterborough & the Kawarthas rich canoe culture. As Canada’s Canoe Capital, paddled watercraft is a fixture here for aspects of life including the harvesting of traditional Indigenous wild rice, a proud heritage of canoe manufacturing, and of course for a variety of visitors to test our sparkling waters and explore.
From wherever you are in our region, a place to get into the water is never too far away.
For The Beginner
New to the canoe? Don’t worry, Peterborough & the Kawarthas has many amazing waters for beginners to start out on. One of the best places to get going on your aquatic adventures is Little Lake, located in the heart of downtown Peterborough. Little Lake has many launches, nearby rental services, cafes, scenic views, and on occasion, live music.
Another two amazing routes for beginners are the Serpentine Loop and the Southern Ponds located at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, these routes are great for those looking to do some fishing, go for a swim, or setup camp, all while enjoying the unbridled nature in the Kawarthas.
For The Intermediate
Not your first foray into kayaking or canoeing? Dust off the paddle and get it into the beautiful Indian River. You never paddle the same river twice on the Indian, this river is one of the spring’s best spots to hit the water. Another amazing route to hit this year is the Long Lake Loop at Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Venture from the central eastern perimeter of the park to its beautiful interior, with several solid portages, this route will give you the challenging adventure you desire.
For The Expert
Not afraid of going the distance, or going against the current? Quench your thirst for adventure here. Head to Haultain to Northey’s Bay and the Northey’s Bay to High Falls Return sections of the Eels Creek Paddling Route. These two routes will require experience paddling in moving water, but will be rewarding for those who want to see some absolutely stunning scenery.