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Video shows locations along the Trent-Severn Waterway, including islands covered in trees, rocky islands of the Canadian Shield, canoeists and kayakers, places to eat food, arts venues, all with beautiful fall colours.

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Just 90 minutes east of Toronto, Kawarthas Northumberland offers some of Ontario's best fall colours alongside endless outdoor activities, unique arts and heritage experiences, delicious farm-to-table flavours, and fresh ground-to-glass craft breweries, distilleries, and vineyards. With seven provincial parks, over 350 lakes, and beautiful country roads that traverse rolling farmlands, waterfront vistas, and the iconic Canadian Shield, your only problem is choosing which route to take. To make your planning easier, here’s a list of seven of the best fall routes and attractions to check out. 

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Top Seven Fall Experiences: 

  1. Top 3 Fall Driving Routes — In search of that perfect fall drive? Here are three of our best fall driving routes that’ll give you a great show of fall colours and deliver you to some of our top arts, cultural, and culinary experiences.
  2. Fall Studio Tours — Kawarthas Northumberland is home to some of Ontario’s best and longest-running studio tours. Every September the region’s talented artists invite the public to explore their studios, ask questions, and make their own memories to take home alongside beautiful pieces of hand-crafted art.
  3. Fall Fairs — Every fall, the towns throughout Kawarthas Northumberland celebrate the autumn harvest with some of the best and longest-running fall fairs in Ontario. Learn about our roots in agriculture and have fun at the same time.
  4. Craft Brew Routes – Discover some of Ontario’s award-winning craft beers, ciders, wines, and spirits along one of two planned routes through the region. 
  5. Cycling Routes — With over 1000km of signed routes, this is your destination for every kind of cycling Ontario has to offer, from great road routes (many of them looped), to some of the most scenic and well-maintained rail trails in the province, The Great Trail, and bicycle transport with Via Rail.
  6. Butter Tart Tour — Enjoy a tart-to-tart experience on Ontario's biggest Butter Tart Tour. The tour is self-guided and open any day of the year that the 50+ participating locations are open. Once a year, however, you can see who wins “Top Tart” at the annual Taste-Off September 22 in Port Hope alongside Cultivate: A Festival of Food & Drink. While you’re there, make sure you stop by “Butter Tart Boulevard” to pick up a dozen of Ontario’s best butter tarts to take home with you!
  7. Canoe & Kayak the Hidden Gems of the Trent-Severn Waterway — Fall is the perfect time for a paddling adventure. Most of the bugs are gone, and so is the powerboat traffic. We’ve got over 20 paddling routes for new and seasoned paddlers alike, including convenient day trips and adventurous multi-day trips. Check out videos of some routes here.

Kawarthas and Northumberland sub-regions



Tour the Trent Severn Waterway, visit a pioneer or canoe museum, or take in a live music festivals.



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Discover a world-class spa, great driving tours, galleries and theatres, trails  and specialty shopping.

Delicious fresh butter tarts.


Butter tarts are a quintessential Ontario treat and we offer you the best chance to enjoy this tasty delight — so, come and start touring to your tart’s content. Click here for all the sweet details.

Actor Matt Gilbert with children during a production at 4th Line Theatre in Peterborough County.

Experience Arts and Culture

Kawarthas Northumberland is your ticket to performances of all kinds, whether you prefer to stage your weekend fun more theatrically or take in works of art in galleries. In fact, with so many live events offered in venues and outdoor festivals across the region, you’ll definitely need a number of encore weekend visits to take them all in.