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Welcome! It is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 18.7°C today.

Drop by our Visitor Centre

Open year-round at 270 George Street North in Downtown Peterborough.

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.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Destination Guide Cover; colourful illustrations of local area attractions.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Destination Guide

Discover iconic experiences, attractions and events that the region has to offer. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, travelling with kids, or an arts & culture buff – you’ll find some new favourites in our Official Destination Guide (complete with recommendations from locals and experts).

Get inspired and start planning your next trip to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

Drop by the Visitor Centre

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

Current Hours of Operation

Downtown Visitor Centre: Monday to Friday: 9am – 5pm EST

Lift Lock Mobile Booth: Starting June 1st, our friendly travel counsellors will be stationed at our mobile visitor booth right next to the iconic Peterborough Lift Lock (220 Hunter Street East, Peterborough, ON) every Friday to Sunday. Stop by for expert advice, brochures, and insider tips to experience your perfect summer in Peterborough & the Kawarthas! *weather permitting

Call our Visitor Centre


Local: 705-742-2201

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
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
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
Sweet Hills Farm Bunkie
Wood bunkie with small front porch and two chairs in front of fire pit with forest in background
Gotta Stay Here!

Sweet Hills Farm Bunkie

Reconnect with nature at this very private hill top Farm Bunkie, where you can embrace the spectacular mile long views of the breathtaking rolling hills of Cavan. This one of a kind property includes km’s of private trails to explore and if luck & love are your side you may even spot ‘The Love Tree’.

804 Bland Line
Cavan, Ontario
L0A 1C0
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

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.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Travelling by electric vehicle? No problem, check out our map of all charging stations within our region.

Escape by Bus

A popular destination for motor coach tours and RV enthusiasts, Peterborough has a convenient GO Transit service throughout downtown, with stops throughout the County of Peterborough. For more information about transit options in the City of Peterborough, visit Peterborough Transit.

For airport shuttles from Lester B. Pearson International and Billy Bishop Airports in Toronto, try Century Transportation.

FlixBus is a low-cost bus service with daily routes to and from the City of Peterborough.

The Rider Express Bus offers intercity bus services. See Rider Express schedules and routes here. Pick up & drop off in Peterborough is located at 271 Ashburnham Drive.

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 marinas, 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

Local taxi services: Call-A-Cab and Capitol Taxi 

Vehicle rentals: Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Limousine service and Airport Shuttle: Welsh Limousine

Local ride share services: 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.

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.

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

Additional Resources