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Peterborough
Travel Guide

Peterborough showing autumn leaves

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.

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 CA $107 per night from May 16 to May 16
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! (891 reviews)
"Updated rooms were very nice"

Reviewed on Apr. 26, 2021

Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON, an IHG Hotel
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 CA $87 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 1
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! (988 reviews)
"Awesome"

Reviewed on May 7, 2021

Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay
Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay
3 out of 5
134 Angeline Street South, Lindsay, Kawartha Lakes, ON
The price is CA $120 per night from May 19 to May 19
Situated in Kawartha Lakes, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Lindsay Square Mall, Academy Theatre, and Lindsay Golf and Country Club. Sturgeon Lake and Ken ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (529 reviews)
"Lovely hotel, 5 minutes from everything. Clean, friendly staff, comfy beds. Only complaint is the staff start cleaning the rooms really early!!"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2021

Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lindsay
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.
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 ...
Eganridge One Bedroom Cottage
Stunning Year Round Lake-house on Upper Buckhorn Lake
Stunning Year Round Lake-house on Upper Buckhorn Lake
Trent Lakes, ON
Situated in Trent Lakes, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Buckhorn Lake and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Sandy Lake. Pigeon Lake and Kawartha Highlands Provincial ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great spot!
"We had a great time. Everything was as advertised. Beautiful property and enjoyed the hot tub"

Reviewed on Mar. 4, 2021

Stunning Year Round Lake-house on Upper Buckhorn Lake
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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Reviews of Peterborough

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

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May 28, 2020

it was a pandemic so there was not much going on, it was okay but i have heard the downtown is congested with panhandlers, but super8 is far from there,

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Apr 1, 2020

Good energy and a passion for sports.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Mar 16, 2020

It’s a great town. Lots to see and do.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 9, 2020

Really enjoyed the Whistle Stop Cafe (over 100 kinds of poutine, including dessert poutine made with funnel cake fries)

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Mar 5, 2020

nice town

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveller

Jan 19, 2020

The carpets could use a good cleaning the smell like urine there was a hockey team from Sault Sainte Marie staying in the same hotel that was up all night long and forever door play music till 3:30 in the morning no security in the hotel

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