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Top Spring Experiences

close up of pink flowers

1. See How Our Gardens Grow

Have you been looking forward to the spring thaw, since you put your garden to bed last autumn? Get inspired to make a fresh start. Whether you’re looking for new garden accessories or just taking some time to smell the roses, there are ideas at every turn. Follow the Garden Route – your path to specialty growers, fabulous display gardens, and boutiques. Looking to make a weekend of it? Visit in early April and make the Peterborough Garden Show a stop.

2. Maple Meanderings

maple syrup being poured over snow

How sweet it is – all of that ice is melting away, and the tree sap starts flowing. Before you know it that sweet smell of bubbling maple syrup is in the air. Head out to McLean’s Berry Farm & Sugarbush for Maplefest weekends in March and enjoy the maple syrup experience from tap to taste. They have fun games and live entertainment too! Enjoy the ultimate in Canadian flavour this spring in real Canadian Cottage Country.

3. Fishing on Rice Lake

Catch some fun and family time on the sunny Rice Lake this spring!

Whether you’re looking for the rustic retreat weekend with the guys at a cabin or you are looking to build some lasting memories with your growing family, there are accommodations for every taste.

4. Brunches of Fun 

Something about springtime, makes you want to shrug off the winter blahs and have a fabulous sociable meal – brunch in the Kawarthas is just that. Casual. Refreshing. Delicious. Whether you’re looking to re-connect with family or friends, for Mother’s Day or Easter – Brunch is just the ticket. Check out what Peterborough’s restaurateurs have to offer for this fantastic mid-morning/early afternoon favourite. Some of our favourite stops are Chemong Lodge, Elmhirst Resort, Two Dishes Cookshop, and more!

5. Spring Art Show at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre

Get ahead of the tourist season by checking out what’s new and exciting. Our most popular artists will be on hand to display their craft and their new ideas. This is the place to be!

6. Farmers’ Market 

a bunch of carrots on a table

How do you know when Spring has finally arrived? The sight of a robin? Buds on the trees? That lump of snow that wouldn’t melt on your front lawn has finally diminished? How about a sign of spring that you can really sink your teeth into? Farm fresh produce. Outdoor markets. The City of Peterborough and the villages and towns throughout our County have always been well connected to our area farms. Sample great baking from Millbrook’s The Pastry Peddler. Pick up some rhubarb and make some delightfully tangy desserts. Enjoy early spring garlic scapes. Take away some delicious preserves. Refresh your taste buds.

7. May Long Weekend on the Dock 

You’ve probably been waiting for this moment since the morning you woke up to a fresh layer of frost on the lawn at the cottage last September.

The unofficial first weekend of summer is here. Nights are still cool enough for cozying up to a campfire. Days are great spent basking in the warm sun, beer in hand on the dock. You can still take advantage of great off-season rates at our lakeside cottage resorts. It is true Kawartha moments, like this one that have us saying, “This Is Living”.

8. Run-off to Burleigh Falls 

An amazing display of nature’s spring run-off. The rapids at Burleigh Falls are one of the most picturesque backdrops in the Kawarthas. A great way to reconnect with the elements and enjoy the long-awaited warmer temperatures. Get out. Explore.

9. Hiawatha Pow Wow

an indigenous person in traditional costume at an outdoor event

Hear stories from one of our First Nations communities, and take part in all the fun of a traditional Pow Wow on the sunny shores of Rice Lake this May.

Admire the intricate regalia. Learn a bit about the culture of our region’s First Nations. Enjoy the sound of drums in the air.

10. Grab Life by the Handlebars

Some like to take it easy on flat terrain. Others thrive on the challenge of long distances, deep valleys and steep hills. Some prefer a city ride; others want to be as far from the crowd as possible. That’s what makes cycling in Peterborough & the Kawarthas such a pleasure.