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Peterborough
Travel Guide

Peterborough featuring fall colors

The rich mix of heritage city, cottage country and flourishing Ontario farmlands makes living and visiting here something special.

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.

Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
2 out of 5
133 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough, ON
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Situated in Peterborough, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Peterborough Memorial Centre and Art Gallery of Peterborough. Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park and ...
3.5/5Good! (987 reviews)
"Great place to stay"

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
150 George St N, Peterborough, ON
The price is $93 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Located in the heart of Peterborough, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Art Gallery of Peterborough and Showplace Performance Centre. Peterborough ...
3.9/5Very Good! (903 reviews)
"the pool"

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON, an IHG Hotel
Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
2 out of 5
1257 Lansdowne St W, Peterborough, ON
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $86 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"Very comfortable beds, very clean, excellent value."

Reviewed on Jun 8, 2021

Super 8 by Wyndham Peterborough
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Elmhirst's Resort - On a lake
Elmhirst's Resort - On a lake
3 out of 5
1045 Settlers Line, Otonabee-South Monaghan, ON
Situated on a lake, this spa cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Rice Lake and within 9 mi (15 km) of Lang Pioneer Village and Hope Mill Conservation Area. Pine ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
"Wunderschönes Ferienresort direkt am Rice Lake. Die Cottages haben alle eine Veranda mit Blick auf den See. Das Resort wird mit viel Liebe geführt und man fühlt sich sehr wohl. Wir hatten das Cottage mit drei Schlafzimmern und zwei Bädern. Die Küche hat alles was man braucht, jedoch keine grundlegenden ..."

Reviewed on May 9, 2019

Elmhirst's Resort - On a lake
Eganridge One Bedroom Cottage
Eganridge One Bedroom Cottage
Kawartha Lakes, ON
Nestled on the beach, this Kawartha Lakes cottage is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Sturgeon Lake and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Horseless Carriage Museum. Lock 32 and Pigeon ...
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Delightful cottage
"The cottage was delightful, as were the surrounding grounds. Our dog had lots of place to play and we all had a great time."

Reviewed on May 31, 2021

Eganridge One Bedroom Cottage
Balsam Resort
Balsam Resort
3 out of 5
21 Lila Street, Kawartha Lakes, ON
Nestled on the beach, this Kawartha Lakes apartment building is just steps from Balsam Lake and Shadow Lake. Byrnell Golf Club and Fenelon Falls are also within ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Thank you!
"Amazing. Owners were so friendly and helpful! Loved our town house!"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Balsam Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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