Things To Do In Peterborough Kawarthas

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Have some City with your Country

Have you ever tried to get away from it all, only to find you are right back in it? Traffic jams, tourist traps and canned experiences? It’s time for something fresh, come to unspoiled Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Fresh Ideas. Fresher Ingredients 

Embrace the true Canadian cottage experience, enriched by the fruits of centuries-old farmlands – and topped off with all the culture you can drink in.

Art is in the Air

You don’t have to look far to indulge your taste for the arts in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. There’s a vibrant and varied scene throughout our region.

Artists and artisans are attracted for the same reasons that you will be: the scenery, the friendly people, the chance to escape the city.

Explore Paddling

Imagine that you’re dipping your paddle into the dawn rising on perfectly still waters of a wilderness lake, the birds are starting to sing and so is your heart.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is made for paddling: canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding and rowing. The region is dotted with pristine lakes and lined with sparkling rivers.

Catch the Caching Fever

Armed only with a GPS device and an adventurous spirit, become a modern-day treasure hunter while Geocaching in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. 

Explore Motorcycling

Get your motor running. Head out on the highway. Look for adventure in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. We have some of the best-loved, well-known motorcycling routes in Ontario, only an hour or two east of Toronto.


Fishing is all about bragging rights: about the biggest bass you ever caught; about that foolproof lure; about the one that got away. 

In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, the fishing is an angler’s paradise, not only because your catch is as close as the nearest lake, but at any of several fish fries hosted weekly in the summer by a variety of local resorts, you get an opportunity to brag to your heart’s content with other anglers.

Trent-Severn Waterway

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. This National Historic Site of Canada lifts boats 19.8 meters in the air providing a view like no other. Opened with great fanfare in 1904, the Peterborough Lift Lock towers almost 20m (65ft) above the Trent Canal. Powered by gravity it lifts two counter-balanced, bath-tub like chambers over an elevation that once would have required several locks to achieve.


Kawartha Craft Beer Festival
Peterborough Yoga Festival
​Father's Day Smoke & Steam Show
Havelock Country Jamboree
Peterborough Folk Festival
Peterborough Musicfest
​4th Line Theatre


Two people in Kawartha chairs on a dock on a lake

Reserve your dock today!

Before life got franchised and castles replaced cabins, there was the humble Canadian cottage and resort. Luckily for you, this rare species still thrives in the welcoming habitat of Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

River winding through trees and hills to horizon

Top Summer Experiences

From outdoor concerts to dining “al fresco” to free family fun, here are some of the Top Summer Experiences in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.