Unfiltered. Unfettered. Jump into Summer.
Live outdoor performances. Dining al fresco. Enjoying the best of lakeside living. Summer was made for creating memories, and Peterborough & the Kawarthas is the perfect backdrop for you to have it all.
Experience true Canadian cottage country – unfiltered, unfettered and ready for you to soak in. Cottages are ideal for relaxing, but when you’re looking for excitement, this region offers incredible tastes, sights and moments to savour. What do you want to do today?
Summer Festivals & Performances
Nothing says summer in Peterborough like attending a show at Canada’s longest running free admission concert series, featuring a new lineup of artists every summer. Peterborough Musicfest offers up this incredible experience lakeside at Del Crary Park. Every August you can also stop into the heart of downtown Peterborough to enjoy a great lineup of artists and enjoy the local scene at the Hootenanny on Hunter Street! Or if you want to get your country on, hit up the Havelock Country Jamboree, Canada’s largest live country music and camping festival. This twin-stage experience features over 25 artists over the course of four days.
Theatre more your style? Experience outdoor theatre at its finest at 4th Line Theatre, with plays that bring history to life in an idyllic backdrop that engages, delights and entertains audiences.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers a perfect place to make family memories. Take a walk through history by visiting Lang Pioneer Village to learn about settler life as well as the history and culture of local First Nations in their Aabnaabin Camp. Or head back to 1860s tea time at Hutchison House, the former home of Dr. John Hutchison, Peterborough’s first resident physician and a cousin of Sir Sanford Fleming (who also lived in the home.
Have you ever thought that you’d make a better bank robber than the outlaws in those old Western movies? Now is your chance to give it a go! Take a step back in time and put your wits to the test in one of Escape Maze’s historical escape rooms or outdoor adventure games.
Take a walk on the wildside at Indian River Reptile Zoo and Dinosaur Park. Explore prehistoric dinosaurs, ancient reptiles, crocodiles, and more! Or have a lovely stroll through Peterborough’s Riverview Park & Zoo, with free admission you and the family will love visiting all of the animals. Don’t miss the train ride (all aboard!) as it will become an important family photo opp.
Take a Hike
Hit the trails this summer at two of Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ most unique outdoor experiences! Take a trip into nature and get lost in the Warsaw Caves, a fun adventure for the whole family. Or visit Kinomaage-Waapkong (at Petroglyphs Provincial Park), a sacred teaching site for the local Anishinabeg people. At Petroglyphs you’ll gain a better understanding of our region’s history as a gathering place, and enjoy a hike along the beautiful trails surrounding the emerald green waters of McGinnis Lake.
Take advantage of the beautiful summer weather and enjoy Peterborough & the Kawarthas patio-style.
Located in the heart of downtown Peterborough, the Hunter Street Cafe District is home to many amazing patios and restaurants that will take your summer to the next level. One of our favourites is The Only Cafe, a great spot to feel like you’ve stepped away to a cottage, but you’re still sitting in downtown Peterborough sipping pints and chatting with friends.
Another great summer spot is the Canoe & Paddle Pub in Lakefield, a great place to stop after your bike ride on the Rotary-Greenway Trail for a cold, refreshing drink, and some delicious bites! Or if you’re planning your day around enjoying the water, we recommend The Grill at Burleigh Falls Inn. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a waterside grill with a bistro twist, and afterwards enjoy the scenic falls and relax in the sun.
Farms and Farmers Markets
Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ deep agricultural roots are showing. Whether you’re taking a trip to one of our many lovely farms such as Traynor Farms or Harley Farms or if you’re taking in a trip to one of the many amazing farmers markets in our community, the one thing you’re guaranteed is that you’ll be leaving with amazing food to take home to your family.