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.

Meet The Makers

When you enter a community rich in artistic and cultural expression, you are sharing in the collective heart and soul of the people within it.

Meet some of Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ Makers — passionate and creative people who help to define this region, and its connection with the world.

Hear their stories, gain a better understanding of who they are, and why they are so passionate about their craft.

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.


Apsley Autumn Studio Tou​r
Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour
Peterborough Air Show at Peterborough Air Port
Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow
Pumpkin Festival at Buckhorn Berry Farm
Applefest at Lang Pioneer Village
Norwood Fall Fair


Top down view of someone shaping clay on the wheel.

Romantic Date Night Ideas

Looking for Date Night suggestions? We asked Peterborough & the Kawarthas insiders to share some of their unique date night ideas and they didn’t let us down.

Aerial photo of fall colours over Buckhorn, Ontario with a road and lakes winding off to the horizon

10 ways to #FallforPTBO

There’s so much to do besides seeing the amazing foliage turn. Get out on the water, on the trail. Eat your way across the county at artisan restaurants. Take a float plane over Rice Lake. If you lead an active life, Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers you so many choices. Turn over a new leaf.