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Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Explore Canada’s Treasured Waterway

In many ways, the culture of a region is shaped by the character of the water that runs through it, here, it is the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. Frozen rivers becoming neighborhood hockey arenas, lakes and streams welcoming the smooth glide of the kayak, waterside patios built for evening sunsets and that childhood magic which happens mid-air between the dock and the first rush of a familiar lake.

In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, we have a romance with our abundance of fresh water. It has become a way of life, year-round. If you’ve yet to discover your personal connection with this amazing part of nature, we welcome you to do so right here in our backyard. Canoeing, sailing, jet-skiing, fishing, swimming, boating, tubing, wake boarding, water-skiing, taking in a cruise through the Lift Lock, or soaking in the warm sun on a comfy inflatable — there are so many amazing life experiences that are right here for you and yours to enjoy — and affordably so. The question is, where will you find your connection?

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.

The unique combination of heritage city, cottage country and flourishing farmlands, surrounded by our abundance of water not only makes living here something out of the ordinary, but it’s the reason why people return year after year.We invite you to join us in discovering the Flow of Life along Canada’s Treasured Waterway, celebrating the unique assets in Peterborough & the Kawarthas that connect us all, and that set us apart  – our two notable National Historic Sites of Canada; the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Peterborough Lift Lock, as well as the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Learn more about our Trent-Severn Trail Town Communities of Lakefield and Buckhorn

Go to 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
resort exterior

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