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Peterborough & the Kawarthas this Winter: Resorts and Snow Sports

winter sunset over frozen Rice Lake with 5 people snow kiting

Your trip to eastern Ontario is right around the corner, and it’s time to treat yourself. No more holing up in budget motels with lumpy mattresses — you deserve better! A winter holiday at a resort in the Kawarthas is definitely in order. You can stay, play, and dine like royalty within budget at some of its top venues. Take day trips into nature on a pair of cross-country skis, or spend your entire holiday lazily meandering along the shore of one of the region’s 151 lakes and eating your weight in local fare. has narrowed down the top three resorts in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, where you can enjoy winter and summer stays in equal measure.

Lake Views at Viamede Resort

This member of the Ontario “Finest Hotels, Inns and Spas” group hugs the north shore of Stoney Lake. In fact, the resort has 600 metres of shoreline along the lake, so you won’t be left wanting for a spot to enjoy a relaxing reprieve. Not only are you greeted with stunning water views during your stay, but you can explore the lake by boat until fall, then do some ice fishing come wintertime. There are also tons of snowmobile trails in the area. Zip up to Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, or ride your way south towards Rice Lake. After you’ve worked up an appetite, get a table at The Boathouse, the resort’s fine dining restaurant, for local and seasonal plates.

Nature Meets Culture at Beachwood Resort

Beachwood Resort is a family-friendly establishment on the banks of Lower Buckhorn Lake. The central-Ontario resort offers an ideal setting, and just the sort of activities you would expect from an award-winning venue. Cooking classes, fishing excursions, and painting nights are all a part of your Beachwood Resort experience. Want to hit the snow-packed trails of Ontario? Kawartha Nordic Ski Club is just 30 minutes from the resort by car, where you can hit the Tanney Loop and other Nordic trails. Once you’ve turned in your ski rentals, head back and dig in to some lakeside dining at Frederick’s at Beachwood.

Rest and Relaxation at Elmhirst’s Resort

Resting on the shores of Rice Lake, Elmhirst’s Resort is family-run and committed to awarding you with a memorable experience. Relax in the on-site spa, take a dip in the indoor swimming pool, and finish off your day by biting into a fresh farm-to-table meal. The resort is also known for its wine cellar and annual Winemakers Dinner. Let the staff pair a premium wine with delicious locally sourced meals, then retire to your private cottage and relax. Visiting in the winter? Peterborough & the Kawarthas region is renowned for its ice fishing, so set up shop on Rice Lake — or one of the many others to choose from — and put your line in the water to catch a yellow perch or northern pike.

When you’re headed to the Peterborough & the Kawarthas area with a relaxing winter holiday in mind, you can’t go wrong by booking a stay at a top lakefront resort. Kick up your feet at a fireplace, treat yourself to a fine meal, and unplug from daily life. You deserve it!

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