Kawarthas and Northumberland

Kawarthas and Northumberland

From a canoe museum to Indigenous heritage, scenic parks, lakes and waterways, the Kawarthas and Northumberland region offers many unique experiences.

One of the region’s must-see features is the Trent-Severn Waterway, a National Historic Site that’s actually a 386-kilometre system of locks and lifts connecting Lake Ontario with Georgian Bay and Lake Huron.

Whether you decide to kayak the waterways, spend the day at Cobourg Beach, browse the Port Hope Farmers’ Market, sample butter tarts or visit the Whetung Ojibwa Centre, you’re sure to find an experience you’ll never forget.

Map of Kawarthas Northumberland

Where is Kawarthas and Northumberland?

Just over an hour’s drive east of Toronto, Northumberland County borders Lake Ontario, extending up to Rice Lake. To the north is the district of Kawartha Lakes, a web of over 250 lakes, rivers and waterways, part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.

While the region is most often visited by car, many of the lakes, waterways and rivers can be explored by boat. GO Bus service is also available.


Things to do in Kawarthas and Northumberland

Visit an art gallery

Stop in and check out more than 1,000 works by artists from around the region and the world at the Northumberland Art Gallery in the town of Cobourg. Open Tuesday to Friday, year-round.


Go houseboating

Rent a houseboat and explore the “Houseboat capital of Ontario”, the Kawartha Lakes. Cruise to waterfront communities and family-friendly attractions, just north of Peterborough.

Find the best fishing spots

With more fish per hectare than any other lake in Ontario, fishing on Rice Lake is a must for any angler. The lake is just south of Peterborough and offers a variety of fishing spots.

Explore Indigenous heritage

Learn about Indigenous heritage and culture at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre at Curve Lake and see ancient rock carvings and paintings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park.

Visit a farmers’ market

Bring your shopping bags and stock up on seasonal produce, artisanal crafts, baked goods and more at the Port Hope Farmers’ Market, open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., May to October.

Spend a day at the beach

Grab your beach umbrella, sunscreen and snacks and settle in for a day of fun at Cobourg Beach, a white, sandy destination with a splash pad, picnic tables and plenty of nearby parking.

Points of interest in Kawarthas and Northumberland

Add these highlights to your next visit to the region. 

Last updated: January 29, 2024

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