Planning to Visit Peterborough & the Kawarthas?
We Can Help You!
Dreaming of your future vacation? During this unpredictable time, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is here to help you plan your perfect trip for when it is safe to welcome you once again. Although our physical Visitor Centre location is currently operating under restrictions due to COVID-19, we are open digitally year-round. We provide a wide selection of free information including travel guides, brochures, postcards, road maps and trail guides upon request by mail. Trained travel counsellors are available to digitally assist you in making your future visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas an exceptional experience that will leave you saying #ThisIsLiving.
Chat with us live by clicking the conversation bubble on the bottom right corner of your screen or contact us today to start planning your visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
Want to know more about the region? Check Out Some Fast Facts!
The Visitor Centre is currently open for in-person services. Browsing the Visitor Centre is not available at this time.
In-Person Services, and Curbside Pickup are available:
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Our Live Chat is Available
Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 10am – 4pm
Brand new to Peterborough & the Kawarthas?Learn about the region here!
Introducing the O’de Piitaanemaan Pledge
Whether you feel at home in Peterborough & the Kawarthas or are visiting for a day, a week or a semester, taking the O’de Piitaanemaan Pledge means you are promising to protect and preserve this incredible place, its heritage and culture, and all the people who call it home.Sign & Share the Pledge Today!
Begin to Plan Ahead
In need of a City and County map, Visitor’s Guide, or itinerary suggestions for your trip? Planning to move to our region? We can help!
Check the latest Provincial and Regional COVID-19 rules, regulations, and restrictions to plan ahead here.
Looking to relocate to Peterborough & the Kawarthas? Check out our 2021 Relocation Guide here.
Download our New Dream Book
Everything you need in a single guide to experience Peterborough & the Kawarthas right from home with a new augmented reality feature.
Our Travel Publications can be found at many participating locations throughout the City & County of Peterborough.
Safe Travels Stamp Certified Businesses
Plan with safety in mind! Dozens of locations in our region have been awarded a #SafeTravels Stamp. The specially designed stamp will allow travellers to recognize businesses which have adopted health and hygiene global standardized protocols.
Want to connect with a local? To chat with one of our helpful Travel Counsellors, just click the conversation bubble on the bottom right corner of your screen.
Planning Transportation to and around Peterborough & the Kawarthas
Whether you’re travelling by road, air or water, it’s an easy (and beautiful) trip to Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Start planning ahead to your next escape today!
Escape by Car
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is an easy 90 minute drive from Toronto or 2.5 hour drive from Ottawa, with stunning landscapes to take in along the way. Ideally situated between major city centres and the northeastern United States, we’re easily accessible from Highway 401/115 or if a slower pace suits you better, you can tour the stunning countryside via Highway 7, or various scenic roadways.
Escape by Bus
A popular destination for motor coach tours and RV enthusiasts, Peterborough has a convenient GO Transit located Downtown, with stops throughout the County of Peterborough. For more information about transit options in the Peterborough, visit Peterborough Transit.
For airport shuttles from Lester B. Pearson International and Billy Bishop Airports in Toronto, try Century Transportation.
Escape by Boat
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is ideally situated along the Trent-Severn Waterway, one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world. There are a number of marina’s, and lock stations along the way, including the Peterborough Marina located on Little Lake right in the heart of Downtown Peterborough.
Escape by Air
The Peterborough Airport has the longest paved, lighted runway between Ottawa and Toronto. This full-service facility caters to both business and general aviation including fuel, oil, aircraft repairs, weather observation site and charter service. Terminal operations feature Customs pre-clearance using CANPASS and a restaurant facility catering to local and transient traffic.
There are a couple of taxi services available in the area such as Call-A-Cab, Capitol Taxi as well as car rental dealers such as Discount Car and Truck Rental and Enterprise Rent-A-Car
If you like to travel in style, then Welsh Limousine is for you. Looking for a rideshare service? Try Uride or Y-Drive PTBO
Planning Information for International Travellers
All international visitors to Canada are required to have a passport and follow the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Guidelines. Visit the “Going To Canada” website for more information on visa and passport requirements.
Check the latest Federal, Provincial, and Regional COVID-19 rules, regulations, and restrictions to plan ahead here.
All international visitors to Canada require a passport or other appropriate secure document to enter Canada. Visit the Going To Canada website for full details on entry and visa requirements.Going To Canada
You can obtain Canadian dollars by visiting a local bank. For information on daily currency exchange rates from the Bank of Canada, click here.Bank of Canada
Tax Refunds for International Visitors
Ontario’s harmonized sales tax (HST) may apply to various goods and services you purchase during your stay in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. The HST rate is 13%. The Government of Canada has introduced the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program. For information on how to qualify for a refund on Canadian taxes you have paid during your visit, visit the Revenue Canada website.Revenue Canada