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A Weekend Of Family Fun in Peterborough
The clock tower at Peterborough Market Hall

A Weekend Of Family Fun in Peterborough

Insider Kevin Wagar experiences an excitement filled weekend away with his family with this Peterborough & the Kawarthas itinerary

Kevin Wagar By Insider Kevin Wagar
Black Honey: Barn, bakery, café and secret garden, right downtown
sandwich and salad

Black Honey: Barn, bakery, café and secret garden, right downtown

Black Honey 217 Hunter St. West There’s a lot of life sprouting in the heart of the Hunter Street Café District. Right in the middle of downtown Peterborough, you’ll find…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
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
Rolling Grape: Big hills and robust flavours, on the family farm
2 people drinking wine on swings

Rolling Grape: Big hills and robust flavours, on the family farm

“We always talk about farm to table,” says Jon Drew. “But there’s not many farms where you can actually sit at the table.” But that’s the routine at Rolling Grape…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Publican House: Legendary beer and super-local cuisine
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Publican House: Legendary beer and super-local cuisine

The Publican House 294 Charlotte St. Mention Publican House to most locals, and they’ll think of one thing—beer. Long a legendary pub location, the place now makes some of the…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
The Favourite Greek: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
brick building

The Favourite Greek: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

360 George St. North, Peterborough http://www.favouritegreek.com/ Chios is everything you imagine when you picture the Greek Islands. Located in the North Aegean Sea, the colours are profound, the bright blue…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Shafiq’s Taste of India: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
elephant statue

Shafiq’s Taste of India: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

301 George St. South, Peterborough https://shafiqstasteofindia.com/ It’s long been a staple on the steaming streets of Mumbai and Delhi and Dhaka, where a steady and seemingly unending flow of traffic…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Persian Empire: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
cooking machinery

Persian Empire: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

636 Queensway Ct., Peterborough https://www.persianempire1.com/ Set in a nondescript, low-slung building in a semi-industrial area, just a couple blocks off the hustle and bustle of Lansdowne Street’s commercial strip, sits…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
St. Veronus Cafe and Tap Room: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
wood sign

St. Veronus Cafe and Tap Room: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

129 Hunter St. West, Peterborough https://www.stveronus.com/ They’re an institution across Belgium—and in particular, the city of Antwerp. Flemish to the core, “brown cafes” (sometimes known as “brown bars”) are a…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Jasmine Thai: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas
statues

Jasmine Thai: Dining Around the World in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

195 Simcoe St., Peterborough https://www.jasminethai.ca/ The beating heart of any Thai town or city, night markets are the place where people gather—and feast. Under bright lights on poles and strung…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
La Hacienda: Dining around the world in Peterborough and the Kawarthas
brick building

La Hacienda: Dining around the world in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

190 Hunter St. West, Peterborough https://www.lahaciendaptbo.com/     Sandra Acriniega never intended to move to Canada, or open a Mexican food restaurant—but that’s exactly what happened. Growing up in Guadalajara, capital…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine: Dining around the world in Peterborough and the Kawarthas
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Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine: Dining around the world in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

227 Hunter St. West, Peterborough It’s a place packed with flavour. Located in the extreme southern reaches of the Caribbean, just off the coast of South America, Trinidad is green…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Hot Tips for Kawartha Ice Fishing
person holding fish on frozen lake

Hot Tips for Kawartha Ice Fishing

Are you looking for a new outdoor adventure to try this winter? If you like to exercise, sun and fresh air then ice fishing might be right for you. There…

Andrew Shufelt By Insider Andrew Shufelt
Only in Peterborough and the Kawarthas
lift locks in spring

Only in Peterborough and the Kawarthas

Five completely unique, bucket-list experiences you’ll only find here. Just a short drive from Toronto, when you get to Peterborough and the Kawarthas, you’ll feel like you’ve entered another world.…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
The Villages of Peterborough County
a road with fall trees

The Villages of Peterborough County

Get in your car and trace two-lane country roads, winding through a series of the province’s most charming—and surprising—small communities. Road trips provide some of travel’s greatest pleasures, even if…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Four Ways to Experience Peterborough & the Kawarthas
a variety of different activities

Four Ways to Experience Peterborough & the Kawarthas

From dining at sophisticated sidewalk cafes in the heart of town, to finding the sky after skimming along the surface of a big lake, Peterborough and the Kawarthas offers a…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
48 hours in Peterborough and the Kawarthas – Weekend Feature
a plate of nachos

48 hours in Peterborough and the Kawarthas – Weekend Feature

A diverse city packed with green spaces and good eats, surrounded by hundreds of lakes and rivers and creeks and canals (and villages and marinas and parks), taking a single…

Tim Johnson By Insider Tim Johnson
Spring into Fishing – Early Season Tips
little boy fishing

Spring into Fishing – Early Season Tips

No bugs, no water-skiers, no pleasure-boats and a pristine lake all to yourself; it is no surprise that fishing insiders know spring is a great time to get out fishing.…

Andrew Shufelt By Insider Andrew Shufelt
Brothers, can you play me a tune?
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Brothers, can you play me a tune?

“The easiest way to find good live music in Peterborough?” said Ryan. “Just stick your head out your front door and you’ll find it!”

Doug ONeill By Insider Doug ONeill
A Day in the Life of a Farmers’ Market Farmer
farmers market

A Day in the Life of a Farmers’ Market Farmer

6:25AM There’s a glimpse of pink through the gray clouds hovering over the dimly lit cornfield. Heavy dew and mist blankets the farm as I drive into the lane of…

Jay Jennifer By Insider Jay Jennifer
Four free (or nearly free) family getaways
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Four free (or nearly free) family getaways

Looking for ways to stretch your family vacation dollar just a little further? Here’s the scoop on four area day trips that are big on fun, easy on the budget,…

Ann Douglas By Insider Ann Douglas
Back to the land: Kawarthas is for Nature Lovers
man standing infront of a sign in forest

Back to the land: Kawarthas is for Nature Lovers

“Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before dawn.” I wonder if George Washington Carver, the botanist who’s credited with that quote, would mind if I tweaked…

Doug ONeill By Insider Doug ONeill
Kawartha Cycling (Two) Daycation
woman cycling down country road

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
Winter Road Trip
man sitting on a bench covered with ice in a partially frozen pond

Winter Road Trip

Google Search has no word for people like me – someone who is the opposite of a ‘Snow Bird.’  I don’t flee winter in search of sun, sand and swim-up…

Doug ONeill By Insider Doug ONeill
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
An Insider’s Guide to Motel Living
happy motel staff

An Insider’s Guide to Motel Living

Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a couple of weeks living in a motel? My family and I had the opportunity to find out for ourselves last summer. We…

Ann Douglas By Insider Ann Douglas
Kawartha Bass Tournaments
a bunch of boats in lake

Kawartha Bass Tournaments

There is a bass tournament on a Kawarthan lake every weekend throughout the summer. Some are friendly 6-12 boat local bass club get-togethers, others are high-stakes Pro/Am events with over…

Andrew Shufelt By Insider Andrew Shufelt
Paddling Routes in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park
a lake with forest

Paddling Routes in the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park

Have you ever noticed what happens to the landscape about a half-hour’s drive north of Peterborough, as you pass Buckhorn or Burleigh? The stratified limestone that supports the Saint Lawrence…

Briagh Bretton By Insider Briagh Bretton
BBQ & Brews
someone eating ribs

BBQ & Brews

With warm weather, our thoughts tend to drift to cold beer and barbecued food. Instead of travelling south, head to the Kawarthas where our established and growing craft breweries are…

Jay Jennifer By Insider Jay Jennifer
Twelve minutes yet a million miles away
water and forest

Twelve minutes yet a million miles away

Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park is the largest provincial park south of Algonquin. If you enjoy canoe trekking or back country camping you may have already visited to take in the…

Jay Jennifer By Insider Jay Jennifer
Fantastic Fall Fishing
a boat in a lake with forest

Fantastic Fall Fishing

People often ask me, “When is the best time to go fishing?” and my usual reply is, “Anytime you can!” And I mean it. I can’t remember a time I…

Andrew Shufelt By Insider Andrew Shufelt
Five Reasons Fall Paddling in the Kawarthas is the Best
two people canoeing on a river

Five Reasons Fall Paddling in the Kawarthas is the Best

As Champagne is to France, Darjeeling is to the Indian Himalaya and Islay single malt is to Scotland, so is canoeing to Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Peterborough is the birthplace…

Briagh Bretton By Insider Briagh Bretton