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Summer in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Life is Better at the Lake

A week at the lake should be more than wide-screen TVs and game consoles.

Let your kids splash in the sun, track turtles in the shallows, and make up pirate stories. Fun – the way it was before it was manufactured by marketers and sold in stores everywhere.

  • Build Your Bucket List in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
    old canoes on display

    Build Your Bucket List in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

    Thinking about travelling to Peterborough & the Kawarthas but not sure how to start planning your trip? Here is a look-book of the bucket-list worthy, locally recommended must-do experiences, snapshot opportunities and memory-making moments that await you in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Summertime Family Favourites

  • 10 Signature Paddling Routes
    a canoe in lake surrounded by forest

    10 Signature Paddling Routes

    Dip your paddle deep into time. Travel along the routes of the voyageurs in a canoe crafted by hand, the vessel that was created by Indigenous peoples. The vessel that helped create the nation we call Canada. That we’ve honoured with its own museum.

Build Sandcastles and Splash The Day Away at these Beaches

County of Peterborough

Mill Pond in Norwood

The Mill Pond in Norwood (4340 Highway 7, Norwood) is a quaint and quiet little swimming spot where you can relax for the afternoon or a few hours. Be sure to take a moment to explore in the butterfly garden close by.

Top Festivals & Events

Country “Singo” (Bingo Night!)
The 100 Acre Brewing building - a large blue barn like structure with a white 100 Acre Brewing Co sign on the front.
Event

Country “Singo” (Bingo Night!)

May 29 at 6:00 pm—Cards come with beverage purchase

🍻🎉 Join us for our very first Bingo Night at 100 Acre Brewing Co! 🎉🍻 We’ll be hosting a unique country-themed “singing bingo” event. Songs will be played; if you…

390 Ashburnham Dr.
Peterborough, K9J 6X7 Canada
Youth Night (ages 8-13)
Pattern of Peterborough tourism related icons
Event

Youth Night (ages 8-13)

March 6 at 6:00 pm—$15

Youth night for ages 8-13! Come enjoy a fun environment with a variety of activities to engage in (cards, board games, gaming systems, hands on play, crafts). Each night includes…

861 Chemong Road, Unit 16
Peterborough, ON K9H 5Z5
“When You Wish Upon a Star”
market hall performing arts logo
Event

“When You Wish Upon a Star”

May 29 at 6:30 pm—$12.00

Jubilation Studios presents “When You Wish Upon a Star” – our tribute to the wonderful world of Disney. Join our students and guest performers as we celebrate movie magic.

140 Charlotte St Third Floor
Peterborough, K9J 2T8
Chris Webby – Last Wednesday Tour
Event

Chris Webby – Last Wednesday Tour

May 29 at 7:00 pm—$40

Headliners Chris Webby More Performers Anoyd Quake Matthews Sean Ski Robbie G

286 George St N
Peterborough, K9J3H2
  • Top 10 Summer Experiences
    family jumping into lake

    Top 10 Summer Experiences

    1. Patio Season The favourite expression for describing our summer patio obsession is “al fresco” simply meaning “in the fresh” – Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers just that – dining…

  • Sip, Savour & Shop Local – 72 hours in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
    Two people cheers pints of beer

    Sip, Savour & Shop Local – 72 hours in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

    Blend that with the area’s long, storied history of brewing connected to Canada’s Treasured Waterway with today’s growing number craft beverage makers and you have the perfect pairing for a mouthwatering experience. Take a piece of Peterborough & the Kawarthas home with you.