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Boating in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

It’s Aboat Time

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

In fact, there’s no debate on this one: Peterborough & the Kawarthas has some of the best inland boating in the world. And what’s even better is that the region lies at the heart of the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. From here, Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals connects our lakes and rivers to the Great Lakes and beyond.

  • 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.

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
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

Boater Friendly Food & Drink

Explore our marinas

Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour
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Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

September 23 at 10:00 am—Free

Mark your calendars for September 23 & 24, 2023, as the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour (KAST) returns to celebrate its 39th anniversary! The Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour is one of…


Take a cruise

Sea Doo Trip from Hastings to Peterborough

This Trent River to Otonabee River Sea Doo Tour via Rice Lake is one of many exciting Ontario rides I’ve discovered. My wife and I acquired a Triton Elite WCII watercraft trailer, so we could easily access Ontario riding destinations other than our own cottage lake from my Sea-Doo dealer, Gateway Powersports & Marine. Most are also close to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). So why stay in one place all summer? Get out there and live a little!

Power Boat Television: Daytripping the Kawarthas

Steve’s buddy joins him to spend a few days exploring the Trent-Severn Waterway on a Princecraft Quorum 23 pontoon where they take over control of the Peterborough Lift Lock. Later he heads to the Rideau River to profiles a 2017 Carver C37 while on My Boat it’s Mike shows the good, bad and ugly of fuel and other hoses.