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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.

Top Hotels in Peterborough

Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON
Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON
3.5 out of 5
150 George St N, Peterborough, ON
The price is CA $109 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

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! (866 reviews)

"Very helpful staff in these covid times. Dining room staff very quick and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 11, 2020

Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, ON
Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
2 out of 5
133 Lansdowne Street East, Peterborough, ON
The price is CA $87 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

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! (995 reviews)

"It was a great place to stay. I would stay there again when I’m in Peterborough"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 26, 2020

Motel 6 Peterborough, ON
Hampton Inn Peterborough
Hampton Inn Peterborough
2.5 out of 5
1400 Crawford Drive, Peterborough, ON
The price is CA $115 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Situated in Peterborough, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Milltown Mini Golf – Family Fun Park, Kawartha Golf and Country Club, and Lansdowne Place. Fleming ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (92 reviews)

"Spacious, clean, very helpful staff well adjusted to these covid times"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 8, 2021

Hampton Inn Peterborough
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.

Vacation Rentals in Peterborough

Early Rentals or More/ 3 Bedroom Unfurnished Flat at
Early Rentals or More/ 3 Bedroom Unfurnished Flat at
Peterborough, ON
The price is CA $59 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Situated in Peterborough, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Canadian Canoe Museum and Lansdowne Place. Art Gallery of Peterborough and Milltown ...

Early Rentals or More/ 3 Bedroom Unfurnished Flat at
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 6 mi (10 km) of Serpent Mounds Park and Lang Pioneer Village. Pine Crest Golf ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)

"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
The Dunsford House - A Historic Luxurious Waterfront Log Mansion
The Dunsford House - A Historic Luxurious Waterfront Log Mansion
Kawartha Lakes, ON

Nestled on the beach, this Kawartha Lakes vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Sturgeon Lake and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Horseless Carriage Museum. Lock 32 and ...

2.5/5 (2 reviews)
Ideal event space

"The house was beautiful, great bedrooms, comfortable beds/bedding. Very accurate to the photos. The kitchen wasn’t set up for “cottage time” but more for a catering event. Plenty of dishes and wine glasses but lacking in practical kitchen items such a pots (there was one big one and one small one), ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

The Dunsford House - A Historic Luxurious Waterfront Log Mansion
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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