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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

A video exploring locations along the Trent-Severn WaterwayDiscover the Trent-Severn Waterway

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Escape just east of Toronto to this scenic region, an ideal destination in all seasons.

7 Things To Do On Your Summer Escapes:

  1. Award-winning Craft Brews — If you haven't experienced the ground-to-glass flavours in Kawarthas Northumberland, then you've been missing out. There's a proud heritage and a few curious stories of brewing innovation in this region. With two brewery routes, and many award-winning craft beers, ciders, wines, and spirits, you've got to come see the process first-hand and meet the brewmasters. 
  2. Over 1000km of Ontario’s Best Signed Cycling Routes — Enjoy (as one cyclist put it) “Continuous Eye Candy” along some of the most popular tour routes year-over-year from Ontario By Bike. Convenient car-free access by Via Rail “Bike Train” to Cobourg. (Also, see #7 below!)
  3. Unique Arts Venues & Authentic Cultural Experiences — Kawarthas Northumberland is perfectly positioned as a destination for artistic and cultural experiences that you can’t find elsewhere in Ontario. That includes Canada's longest-running free summer concert series — the Peterborough MusicFest
  4. Canoe & Kayak the Hidden Gems of the Trent-Severn Waterway — 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.
  5. Spas and Resorts — We are home to national award-winning spas and picturesque resorts.
  6. Fishing — Discover some of the best multi-species fishing in all of Ontario.
  7. Butter Tart Tour — Enjoy a tart-to-tart experience on Ontario's biggest Butter Tart Tour, and save the date for the annual Taste-Off September 22 in Port Hope at Cultivate: A Festival of Food & Drink. Meet our award-winning bakers in this "Meet Our Bakers" video series.

Kawarthas and Northumberland sub-regions



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



Calling all paddlers, hikers and foodies.



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.