In Peterborough & the Kawarthas all roads lead to trails…and more trails. Trails for hiking, cycling, horseback riding, snowmobiling or simply walking. If you don’t get out much…or even if you do…this is the place to go.
Admire autumn leaves. Test your snowshoeing or Nordic skiing skills. Watch for birds and wildlife. Get out in the summer sun. Breathe fresh air. Just get off the sofa. Trails are a wonderful way to explore the outdoors and all you have to do is follow the path… or make your own.
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, previously called the Trans Canada Trail, and now The Great Trail. The area is part of a continuous running part of the trail from just outside of Kingston all the way to Ajax that is 310 kms of connected trail.
Our link on the Great Trail follows an old railroad corridor that goes straight through the city of Peterborough. It’s a gentle grade and accessible to all abilities. But it’s only the beginning. Within Peterborough and Lakefield are urban trails in park settings, perfect for a casual stroll while out in the countryside. There are hundreds of kilometres to explore.
Some trails are dedicated to specific activities and are much more challenging. The 16-kilometre High Falls trail requires a better level of fitness as it meanders through the drumlins and woodlands of Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Nearby, rural Peterborough & the Kawarthas boast plenty of trails for mountain bikers and road cyclists.
Meanwhile, the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club maintains trails in the northern part of the Kawarthas, some designed for cross-country skiing, others specifically for snowshoeing. But no matter your skill level, there’s no better feeling than putting up your feet after a day on the trails.
Put on your walking shoes. Tighten the laces on your cross-country ski boots. Hop on your bike. Choose a track that suits your ability and schedule. You won’t have to look very far.