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Winter Family Fun in Peterborough & the Kawarthas

Skating at Night at Quaker City Square, Christmas Tree in the Background.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas has incredible opportunities to unwind and rekindle connections. Here are some ways to play together this winter.

Lace Up for Outdoor Skating

Embrace the chilly charm of winter by hitting the skating rinks in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned skater, locations like the new rink at the Quaker Foods City Square, the Trent Canal beneath the Peterborough Lift Lock, the Ontario Speed Skating Oval or community rinks in the townships across the region offer fun-filled settings for gliding across the ice. Bundle up, bring your skates, and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

Gliding along frozen water. Seeing your warm breath in the frosty air. There is nothing more quintessentially Canadian than ice skating.

Visit here for the skating status of the Peterborough rinks.

Explore Winter Trails with a Hike

Discover the serene beauty of winter landscapes by exploring the numerous trails in the region. Places like Jackson Park, Miller Creek Conservation Area, or Harold Town Conservation Area transform into a winter wonderland, offering hiking opportunities amidst snow-covered trees and scenic vistas. Don’t forget to dress warmly and bring along some hot cocoa for a cozy post-hike treat.

A person hikes along a snowy trail at Harold Town Conservation Area.

Photo Credit: @skf2007

An ultimate winter insider tip: check out Miller Creek Conservation Area and bring along some bird seed. The family will feel like they’ve stepped into a fairytale as they have the opportunity to hand feed chickadees.

Warm Up With Indoor Fun

When the temperatures drop, head indoors for a family game night at the Boardwalk Board Game Lounge or Peterborough Axe Club!

Find A New Favourite Game

Stay and Play for only $7 per person and enjoy a curated collection of over 350 Board, Card, and Dice Games. While you play, eat some delicious food, handmade to compliment the game experience, and sip on locally roasted coffee or locally brewed beer.

Have an Axe-travagant Time

Peterborough Axe Club is a welcoming, safe and engaging place to have fun in the sport of axe-throwing! If feeling the rush of throwing hatchets and planting them in the bullseye is your thing, then this is the place for you! Participants are encouraged to be 9+ to ensure that they are strong enough to throw the hatchets.

Meander through the Museum

Visit Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA) to learn the history of Peterborough and see their featured exhibit! The PMA is a family-friendly venue, with many interactive elements for kids to enjoy. Consider exploring the exhibitions using a Play Trail bin, loaded with activities for your little ones to connect with Peterborough’s history, or grab a scavenger hunt to help focus on the displays. Kids will also love all of the storybooks, building materials, and play sets sprinkled throughout.

Good food. Good mood.

Fuel up and enjoy delicious meals and sweet treats throughout the day!

Stay the Night!

Wind down after a fun-filled day with a night away. Check out these resorts and hotels that give you a chance to take a splash in an indoor pool!