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Outdoor Experiences in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

The views are tree-mendous!

Spending time surrounded in unspoiled natural beauty is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, and there is plenty of it here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Get Outside and Play!

Birding
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Birding

Whether you’re a beginner birder or a life-long bird lover, when you start birding in Peterborough & the Kawarthas, you’ll never want to stop.

Camping
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Camping

Campers of all kinds are enjoying immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Cycling
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Cycling

There’s no better way to feel part of your surroundings than to take in the sights on two wheels.

Geocaching
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Geocaching

Fancy yourself to be a modern-day treasure hunter? Welcome to geocaching – an incredible way to explore.

Golfing
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Golfing

The courses are stunning, staff are warm and welcoming, and there are plenty of great memorable moments along the way.

Parks & Trails
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Parks & Trails

Parks and trails in Peterborough & the Kawarthas are a wonderful way to explore the outdoors.

Parks & Trails

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CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

B.E.L. Rotary Bridgenorth Trail

B.E.L. Rotary Bridgenorth Trail is 2.3 kilometres long, lined with native trees, and boasts a peaceful and tranquil setting amidst the Miller Creek Wetlands. There are benches situated along the Trail to provide scenic and comfortable resting spots as needed.

a man hiking in the forest

SELWYN

Ennismore Heritage Trail

There are 3 loops with a total trail distance of about 4km including boardwalks, a picnic shelter, an osprey platform and interpretive signage. The Trails are located throughout Ennismore Waterfront Park.

the legs of two people hiking in a forest

ASPHODEL NORWOOD

Mill Pond Forest Trails

This short but sweet trail system offers three route options ranging from 200m to 900m in length. With a picnic area and beautiful views of Mill Pond, this is a great spot for a family of all ages.

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CAVAN MONAGHAN

Millbrook Valley Trails

The Millbrook Valley Trails are a passive use walking trail starting from Medd’s Mountain Conservation Area and looping around Millbrook through the Oak Ridges Moraine.

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PETERBOROUGH/DOURO-DUMMER

Trent University Wildlife Sanctuary Nature Area

This nature area features 3 loop trails; the Red Trail (1.9 km), the Yellow Trail (2.4 km), and the Blue Trail (2.9 km). Slip on your hiking boots or grab a pair of cross-country skiis for this triple trail treat.

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OTONABEE–SOUTH MONAGHAN

Mark S. Burnham Trail

Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park features 2.4 kilometers of trail featuring some of the oldest maple, beech, elm and hemlock groves in Ontario. Try out this short hike located in the middle of the Peterborough Drumlin Field to visit more than 3,000 of glacial remnants and stunning fall colours.

people snowmobiling down a winter trail

HAVELOCK-BELMONT-METHUNE

Mathison Conservation Area

This area is made up of 250 acres of scenic forests and wetlands located north of Havelock. It has 1.6 kilometers of multi-use trails for walking, biking, and snowmobiling use and 1.1 kilometers of walking only trails. ATVs are not permitted on this property.

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CITY OF PETERBOROUGH

South Drumlin Loop

This short 3.4 kilometer loop features views of the Trent Canal and a visit to the abandoned rail bridge near Trent University. A great option for all skill levels and visitors to the Trent University campus.

Outdoor Lovers

Peterborough Musicfest
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Experience, Outdoors

Peterborough Musicfest

Every spring since 1987, the City of Peterborough excitedly awaits the start of a summer festival like no other. A festival that offers eight-weeks of free admission concerts that showcase renowned musicians in a beautiful gathering place at the end of the rapids (Nogojiwanong) on the shores of picturesque Little Lake

Camping Inspiration

Best Winter Ever
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Best Winter Ever

This winter stay close to home while still getting outside of your comfort zone. Whether your looking for outdoor adventure in a winter wonderland or to chill fire side, there’s…

Winter Camping in the Kawarthas
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Winter Camping in the Kawarthas

In ice we trust, in snow we must, go camp in frozen country. With axe and saw for timber is law, to make our homes more comfy. -Traditional It’s still early…

Briagh Bretton By Insider Briagh Bretton

Ideas for Cyclists

Coasting on Air Video
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Coasting on Air Video

It is about climbing and pedalling, but why? The why has to do with the fresh air, the colourful scenery, the joy of being a part of the breeze, coasting…

Cycling Services & Retailers
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Cycling Services & Retailers

Do you have a flat tire, or does your bike need a tune-up? If so, here is a list of businesses that offer bicycle related products and services in the Peterborough…

Kawartha Cycling (Two) Daycation
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Kawartha Cycling (Two) Daycation

A Kawartha Cycling “daycation” is something special that riders can fit into one day… or two.

Kieran Andrews By Insider Kieran Andrews
Pastry Peddler: Sweet and savoury freshness, on two wheels
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Pastry Peddler: Sweet and savoury freshness, on two wheels

Pastry Peddler 17 King St., Millbrook Sitting next to the four corners in charming village of Millbrook, it’s an easy drive to find this café, housed in a graceful historic…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson