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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

Ladies Night Out in Lakefield

Ladies Night Out in Lakefield

November 30 at 5:00 pm—$5

The merchants of downtown Lakefield are excited to announce the return of Ladies Night Out in Lakefield, this November. Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of November we…

44 Queen St
Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0
Live Music at Rolling Grape
Looking towards Rolling Grape building with sign saying "Rolling Grape"

Live Music at Rolling Grape

November 30 at 5:30 pm

Come out to Rolling Grape Vineyard Thursday evenings and Sunday to enjoy live music! Schedule EMILY BURGESS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 26th | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | TYLER COCHRANE THURSDAY NOVEMBER 30th…

260 County Rd 2
Bailieboro, Ontario K0L 1B0 Canada
Darts at Haven Brewing
Interior of Haven Brewing showing server at the desk.

Darts at Haven Brewing

November 30 at 6:30 pm—Free

Come join us for a mini dart tournament! Bring your own food if you like and enjoy a beer or two while we play! Every week here at Haven.

687 Rye St, Unit 6
Peterborough, K9J6X1 Canada
Peterborough Petes vs Flint Firebirds
peterborough petes logo

Peterborough Petes vs Flint Firebirds

November 30 at 7:00 pm—Prices start at $15

Come out and see a great hockey game! Watch the Peterborough Petes play against the Flint Firebirds.

151 Lansdowne St, Peterborough
Peterborough, Canada
  • 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.