Trails are a wonderful way to explore the outdoors. In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, our green spaces are a breath of fresh air for all seasons, activities and levels of outdoorsiness.
The Great Trail, the world’s longest recreational trail—which runs 23,000 kilometers across Canada—runs right through Peterborough & the Kawarthas, is one of many trails worth exploring. Put on your walking shoes. Tighten the laces on your cross-country ski boots. Hop on your bike. And find a path with perspective.
As the snow thaws, our trails come back to life. Find yourself enjoying the outdoors on one of our many gorgeous trails or exploring a newly green park this spring. Take a hike on the Mill Pond Forest trails in Norwood, the perfect short but sweet option to get you and the family back into the swing of hiking. Or take the kids to see the world come into bloom at Ecology Park in Peterborough (they are going to love giggling in the cedar maze).
Summer in Peterborough & the Kawarthas is the perfect time to get out and explore. Go on an adventure and explore the drumlins, caves and kettles at Warsaw Caves and the trails surrounding them. Bust out the bikes and hit the Rotary-Greenway Trail, stretching from Little Lake to Trent University and Lakefield, all while riding alongside the beautiful Otonabee River. Bonus tip: stop by the Silver Bean Cafe for a refreshing beverage (strawberry lemonade, anyone?) to cool yourself down from the summer sun.
As the seasons turn, Peterborough & the Kawarthas become awash with gorgeous colourful scenery, and it’s yours to find! Throw on the boots, a nice fleece sweater, and take advantage of the perfect mild autumn weather. Venture along the Millbrook Valley Trails as leaves crunch beneath your feet and you soak in nature’s dazzling sights. An urban favourite is the Jackson Creek which boasts a beautiful backdrop along the water – and great to see critters tucking away their bounty for a winter’s slumber.
Strap on the skis or snowshoes and hit the trails this winter in Peterborough & the Kawarthas! When a fresh snowfall hits, find yourself completely immersed in nature. The Kawartha Land Trust trails are some of our favourite winter destinations. Or tuck into a day at Kawartha Nordic Ski Club complete with places to warm up with hot chocolate along the way, and ski lessons for the little ones. Here, with stunning views of the forest and surrounding bodies of water, you’ll fall in love with these trails whether you’re travelling by ski, snowshoe, or a warm pair of hiking boots.