Welcome to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
How can we help you?
The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre is centrally located in the heart of the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada at 270 George Street North, Suite 101. Open year-round, we provide a wide selection of free information including travel guides, brochures, postcards, road maps and trail guides. Trained travel counsellors are available to assist in making your visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas an exceptional experience.
Visitor Centre amenities include:
- Short term parking
- Accessible parking
- HotSpot parking nearby
- Long term parking nearby
- Free WiFi
- Public washrooms
- Pets welcome
Drop by or contact us today to start planning your visit to Peterborough & the Kawarthas.
May 17 – October 12
Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 4pm
October 15 – May 11
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4:30pm
The Visitor Centre is closed: Labour Day, Thanksgiving (Sunday & Monday), Remembrance Day, Christmas Eve at 12pm, Dec 25 – Jan 2, 2020.
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Visitor Information on the GO
Out N’ About in Peterborough & the Kawarthas and in need of a map, directions, free port cards or itinerary suggestions? We can help!
Our Travel Publications can be found at many locations throughout the City & County of Peterborough.
Mobile Visitor Services
Our helpful Travel Counsellors will be provided Mobile Visitor Services at over 25 locations throughout the City & County of Peterborough this Summer. Stay tuned for 2020 locations!
To chat with one of our helpful Travel Counsellors just click the conversation bubble on the bottom right corner of your screen.
Getting 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.
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 and Greyhound Coach Terminal 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.
From the Visitor Centre
Download our Official Travel Guide
Everything you need to experience Peterborough & the Kawarthas.Get the Guide
Information for International Travellers
All international visitors to Canada require a passport. Visit the Going To Canada website for more information on visa and 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.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