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Photo provided by Jesse Goodrice/Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism
Photo provided by Jesse Goodrice/Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism
Get away to Peterborough! Enjoy the riverfront, theater, and art.

Explore Peterborough and the Kawartha lake chain for an amazing volume and variety of experiences. With more than 600 festivals and events annually, you’ll always find fun and inspirational activities.

Enjoy free outdoor concerts all summer overlooking Little Lake in downtown Peterborough at Peterborough Musicfest. Camp at the famous Havelock Jamboree or experience rich First Nations history and culture at the Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow. See a large concentration of aboriginal rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. First Nations people came to the area more than 11,000 years ago and named the Kawarthas after an Ojibwa term meaning “the Land of Shining Waters.”

Enjoy some of Ontario’s best fishing, hundreds of miles of recreational trails, signature cycling and paddling routes and plenty of space for boat, snowmobile and ATV activities. Winding Ontario country roads offer stunning autumn drives by car, motorcycle or bicycle.

See the Peterborough Lift Lock, the world’s highest lift lock, along the Trent-Severn Waterway, both Canadian national historic sites. While here, visit the Canadian Canoe Museum with an amazingly large collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

Many of Canada’s great literary icons, including Margaret Laurence, Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Robertson Davies once lived in Peterborough. Learn about their time here at the Lakefield Literary Festival in July. Visit Lang Pioneer Village Museum, which has two authentic Jacquard looms.

As a leader in the local food movement, the region has more than 350 restaurants, many dedicated to serving the fruits of centuries-old farmlands. Pair that with award-winning craft beer and wine, an eclectic mix of international cuisine and a daily farmers market for a food scene that rivals Ontario’s most well-known locales.

A 90-minute drive northeast of the Greater Toronto Area, the lively city of Peterborough is in the heart of Kawarthas cottage country. Visit this regional capital and university town brimming with heritage and culture, just minutes from more than 151 lakes and charming towns and villages such as Lakefield, Millbrook and Buckhorn.

Known for

Rivers, Theaters and Lakes

Top Hotels in Peterborough

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
2 out of 5
1257 Lansdowne St W, Peterborough, ON
$74
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.3/5Excellent! (1,681 reviews)

Situated in Peterborough, this golf hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kawartha Golf and Country Club and Milltown Mini Golf – Family Fun Park. Lansdowne Place ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,681 reviews)

"It was a lovely experience. The staff was very welcoming! (The toilet paper was quite thin - that was the only thing that could use some improvement)"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
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Motel 6 Peterborough
2 out of 5
133 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough, ON
$64
per night
Oct 6 - Oct 7
3.6/5Good! (1,036 reviews)

Situated in Peterborough, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peterborough Memorial Centre and Art Gallery of Peterborough. Kawartha Artists' Gallery & Studio ...

3.6/5Good! (1,036 reviews)

"Staff were all friendly.. the night auditor doug was super helpful and made sure we were all set up when we arrived late/early morning..he took time to chat with us anand made us feel welcomed n comfortable"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

Motel 6 Peterborough
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Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON
3.5 out of 5
150 George St N, Peterborough, ON
$90
per night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
3.8/5Good! (631 reviews)

Located in the heart of Peterborough, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Peterborough, Showplace Performance Centre, and Market ...

3.8/5Good! (631 reviews)

"The staff went above and beyond. Gracious. Restaurant and bar staff excellemt"…"

Reviewed on Sep 7, 2019

Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON

Top activities in Peterborough

Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Hourly Rentals
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Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) Hourly Rentals

$17

Explore 1-hour self-guided SUP paddle of The Burleigh Falls area of Stoney Lake by Stand-Up Paddle Board with many islands located within just minutes of paddling from our dock. We are Located just two hours from the downtown area of Toronto and 30 minutes north of Peterborough.

Canoe Rentals On Stoney Lake
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Canoe Rentals On Stoney Lake

$26

Enjoy a 1-hour or Full day self-guided Canoe adventure of The Burleigh Falls area of Stoney Lake with many islands located within just minutes of paddling from our dock. We are Located just two hours from the downtown area of Toronto and 30 minutes north of Peterborough.

Pedal Boat Rentals Stoney Lake
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Pedal Boat Rentals Stoney Lake

$30

Enjoy a 1-hour self-guided Pedal Boat adventure of The Burleigh Falls area of Stoney Lake with either a 2 person or 4 people Pedal Boat. With many islands located within just minutes of a pedal from our dock.

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