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.

10 Signature Paddling Routes on Canada's Treasured Waterway

Can you hear it? Can you feel it? The flow of water? The flow of life within you? Its spirit moves all through Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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.

Take our Garden Route

Explore our self-guided garden route that leads you to specialty growers, gorgeous display gardens and garden boutiques. Travel the Garden Route at your leisure. You’ll find a warm welcome at every stop.  


Peterborough Garden Show

SPARK Photo Festival

Hiawatha Pow Wow

"This is Living" spelled out in flowers on green grass

Top Spring Experiences

If you wait for summer to get on the road… on the water… or on the town… life just might be passing you by. Come to Peterborough & the Kawarthas where activities and events are popping up all over. 

Group of four road cyclists along a country road with green field and blue sky in background

Grab Life by the Handle Bars

Peterborough & the Kawarthas has long been a favourite destination for cyclists of all types…especially road cyclists. The combination of rolling drumlin hills, scenic lake vistas and winding rural roads make for challenging and diverse riding opportunities.