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Drop by our Visitor Centre

Open year-round, we provide a wide selection of free information including travel guides, brochures, postcards, road maps and trail guides. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are happily awaiting your arrival and are ready to assist through our digital visitor services.

The Visitor Centre is conveniently located in downtown Peterborough, minutes from Highway 7 & Highway 115 and within walking distance from the Peterborough Marina and the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Drop by the Visitor Centre in Person:

VentureNorth 
270 George St N., Ste 101
Peterborough, Ontario
Canada K9J 3H1

Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm

Drop by Mobile Visitor Services at Peterborough Lift Lock

353 Hunter St. E.
Peterborough, ON
K9J 6Y5

Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm

Visitor Centre Closed August 1st

The Visitor Centre will be closed Monday, August 1st.

Our friendly travel counsellors will be at the Peterborough Lift Lock from 10Am to 4PM on August 1st!

Tourism in Motion & Mobile Visitor Services

The Visitor Centre will be providing Mobile Visitor Services throughout the Peterborough & the Kawarthas communities this summer.

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Start planning your next trip to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Getting to Peterborough & the Kawarthas

  • Toronto, ON
    137km/85mi (1hr 40mins drive)
  • Ottawa, ON
    271km/168mi (3hrs 16mins drive)
  • Kingston, ON
    180km/112mi (2hrs 10mins drive)
  • Niagara Falls, ON
    263km/163mi (2hr 58mins drive)
  • Hamilton, ON
    203km/126mi (2hr 21mins drive)
  • Barrie, ON
    157km/98mi (2hr 6mins drive)
  • London, ON
    316km/196mi (3hr 30mins drive)
  • Rochester, NY
    438km/272mi (6hr 11mins drive)
  • Buffalo, NY
    294km/183mi (3hr 56mins drive)
Proximity map of Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Attention Ontario residents!

Enjoy your staycation in Peterborough & the Kawarthas!

With the 2022 Ontario Staycation Tax Credit, you can receive money back for discovering a new part of the province.

Transportation Resources

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.

Getting around

There are a couple of taxi services available in the area such as Call-A-CabCapitol Taxi as well as car rental dealers such as 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

Resources for International Visitors

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.

COVID-19 Updates

Check the latest Federal, Provincial, and Regional COVID-19 rules, regulations, and restrictions to plan ahead here.

Government of Canada Travel Restrictions Updates

Government of Ontario Public Health and Restrictions Updates

Peterborough Public Health Updates

Passport Requirements

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.

Exchange Rates

You can obtain Canadian dollars by visiting a local bank. Click here for information on daily currency exchange rates from the 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. Click here to visit Revenue Canada for information on how to qualify for a refund on Canadian taxes you have paid during your visit.

Additional Resources