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Water Sports in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Water you waiting for?

When a place is known as the Land of Shining Waters, you know you’re in the right place if you’re drawn to the therapeutic presence of lakes and rivers. There are more than 150 of them for you to enjoy. We tend to forget that the real stars aren’t on television. They’re in the sky, never more beautiful than when reflected in the quiet waters of The Kawarthas.

National Geographic’s book “Journey’s of a Lifetime” calls the Trent-Severn Waterway one of the the top 10 waterway trips in the world.

Make a Splash

two men fishing off the boat launch and one man tying a boat to the dock


Nothing but you, the sun and long stretches of sparkling water ahead…Ahh boating in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

fishing at sunrise on a forest lake


Families, friends, and professional anglers have been casting their lines in the Kawarthas for generations.

aerial view of a person paddling down a river


All about canoeing, kayaking and paddling in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Trent-Severn Waterway
boat in lift lock

Trent-Severn Waterway

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to Canada’s Treasured Waterway, the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada – our connection to our land, our people, our industry, our past and most importantly our future.

Explore our marinas

Stay near the water

Glamping by the River at Otter Shore
White prospector style tent in nature looking towards river.
Includes Escape Games!

Glamping by the River at Otter Shore

This glamping escape requires no set-up, just put your feet up and enjoy the amazing views of the meandering river. If you’re feeling refreshed and need a bit more excitement, your stay includes four escape games!

156 Cedar Bank Road
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 6Y3
Westwind Inn on the Lake
Rocky mountain inspired lodge after a fresh snow fall - Westwind Inn in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Westwind Inn on the Lake

Westwind Inn is a charming all cedar lodge nestled under tall pines on pink granite rock at the water’s edge. A truly spectacular wilderness setting yet close to all amenities. We are reminiscent of a rustic Rocky Mountain Lodge filled with antiques, art, fireplaces, memorabilia and collectables.

37 Gallery on the Lake Rd.
Buckhorn, Ontario
K0L 1J0
Bailey’s Bay | A Parkbridge Cottage & RV Resort
People relaxing and swimming in an outdoor pool

Bailey’s Bay | A Parkbridge Cottage & RV Resort

Enjoy over 80 acres of summer fun and spectacular sunsets in the heart of the Kawarthas.

78 Lindsay Rd.,
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 6X3

Rent a watercraft

Wildwood Cottages Adventure Rentals
Boat with Wildwood resort logo on the side, with the sun rising in the background

Wildwood Cottages Adventure Rentals

Are you looking for a unique and unforgettable experience this summer? Look no further than a visit to Wildwood Cottages and choose from one of our many water activities:
– Rent a kayak, canoe or SUP for 1 hour on site or take it for a day to your location.
– Rent a fishing boat or pontoon boat for a day on the water
– Charter a sunset cruise on Rice Lake with your friends or family
– Book a Sea Doo to rip up and down the TSW

1328 Second Line
Bailieboro, Ontario
K0L 1B0

Explore our 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.

Fish TV

The guy’s head to Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to fish Pigeon Lake for some Largemouth Bass.