Peterborough and the Kawarthas
Peterborough is a vibrant yet laid back city in the Kawarthas region. It’s home to a network of cycling trails, an exciting arts and live music scene, a variety of museums and galleries and the world’s largest collection of canoes, housed at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Peterborough’s famous Lift Lock on the Otonabee River section of the Trent Canal, part of the Trent Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site.
Known as the gateway to popular cottage areas, Kawartha cottage rentals make a great option for setting up a basecamp to explore the wider region.
Where is Peterborough and the Kawarthas?
Peterborough is located in the Kawarthas region, north of the TransCanada Highway, roughly at the mid-point between the Greater Toronto Area and the city of Ottawa.
The city itself, and the surrounding region, are most easily accessed by car, although GO Transit bus service and VIA Rail are available. Limited flights to and from the city are also available through Peterborough Airport.
Things to do in Peterborough and the Kawarthas
Explore an ancient cave system
Catch live music
Go backcountry camping
Plan your visit with these experiences and itineraries.
Points of interest
Discover more highlights this destination has to offer.
Last updated: August 29, 2023