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Pre-Planned Trip curated by Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism

Fall Driving Tour: Eastern Highlights

3-5 hours
95 km
Total driving time:
1.5 hours
fall trees

This driving tour is 95km in length and takes approximately 1 hour & 30 minutes to complete.

Start your day with a stop at The Kawartha Butter Tart Factory for a sweet treat. Don’t forget to stop at Leahy’s Farm and Market to get some fresh fall produce. Stretch your legs (and work off that stop at Kawartha Buttertart Factory…) on the Lookout Trail at Warsaw Caves.

Muddy’s Pit BBQ is the perfect way to warm up and is best paired with a picnic beside the Grist Mill at Lang Pioneer Village.

Don’t forget to do some shopping at Nostalgic Journey and find something unique!

Unique Stops Along the Way

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre

  • Visitor Centre
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    Visitor Centre

    Discover all that Peterborough & the Kawarthas has to offer – from accommodations, to attractions, to food experiences and more.

The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre is centrally located in the heart of the City of Peterborough. Open year-round, we provide a wide selection of free information including travel guides, brochures, postcards, road maps and trail guides. Trained travel counsellors are available to assist in making your visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas an exceptional experience.

Warsaw Caves

Come join us for a day of outdoor adventure and exploration! There are caves, hiking trails, canoeing, and more – and located less than two hours away from the GTA! Spend a few days in the campground to thoroughly enjoy everything Warsaw Caves has to offer.

Leahy’s Farm and Market

Providing your family with the highest-quality fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked goods, beef from our farm, and so much more!

Nostalgic Journey Antiques & Collectibles

Nostalgic Journey is a multi-vendor antique, vintage and collectibles store just at the end of the 115 outside of Peterborough ON.
More then half of the vendors have been with Nostalgic Journey from the beginning and strive to provide some of the most unique, eclectic items around.

Lang Pioneer Village

Discover the history, language and culture of the Michi Saagiig (Mississaguas) at Aabnaabin Camp. Costumed interpreters also demonstrate the settler story as they demonstrate the life and trades of a settler in the 1800’s. Many of the buildings were relocated to the Village from within Peterborough County in order to preserve the region’s history. Lang Pioneer Village nestles the shores of the Indian River and boasts a fully-operational Grist Mill and a Weaver Shop which houses one of only a handful authentic Jacquard looms on display in North America as well as a fully-operational replica loom. This rare exhibit offers the exceptional opportunity to see the workings of the loom closely from above on a mezzanine. Lang Pioneer Village is the perfect location to retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern living and experience Peterborough County’s history come to life.

The Hope Mill

The mission of the Hope Mill is to preserve and promote knowledge of 19th century water-powered wool and lumber milling technology through the safe demonstration of operating heritage equipment and sharing of historical archives. There are demonstrations of water-powered sawmill, carpenter’s tool exhibit, and children’s workshops.

Unique Stops for a Bite

Muddy’s Pit BBQ

At our BBQ Shack you can dine in or take your BBQ home. Muddy’s always has daily side dishes to go along with our Pork Back Ribs, Pulled Pork, and Beef Brisket. We also have daily specials from our outdoor pit.  We are a seasonal business open from April to the end of December.

Kawartha Butter Tart Factory

A bakery specializing in butter tarts. Other products include Apple Fritters, Cinnamon Rolls, Pie, Squares and sweet loaves too! We have Grab and Go Sandwiches as well as Pizza Wraps, and Sausage Rolls!

Find Yourself a Room with a View

Elmhirst’s Resort

Lake Edge cottages is a pet-friendly resort Located on Katchewanooka Lake in the Kawarthas just minutes north of Peterborough. The Elmhirst family offers their guests a cottage resort retreat on the beautiful shores of Rice Lake, 20 minutes from Peterborough and just 90 minutes east of Toronto. The Elmhirst experience is deeply rooted in family tradition and is inspired by its surroundings. Our collection of cottages is nestled on the breathtaking shoreline of Rice Lake and an array of outdoor, 4 season adventures await, offering the best of the Kawarthas.

Best Western Plus Otonabee Inn

The Best Western Plus Otonabee Inn features pleasing modern decor in 102 rooms furnished with your total comfort in mind.

Wildwood Cottage Resort

Open year round, Wildwood Cottages has everything you are looking for – from swimming to paddle boarding to campfires in the summer to skating and tobogganing and cuddling up beside the fire place in the winter – you will love every minute here!