BE ACTIVE Year Round
Name your pleasure – boating, fishing, hiking, golfing, snowmobiling, canoeing, skating, cycling, skateboarding, Nordic skiing – we have it all, in a stunning natural setting, close to home.
What a Catch!
Anglers have been drawn to this fishing hotspot since the late 1800’s. Try your hand at landing walleye, muskie and bass in season; or perch, blue gill and crappie year round. Many UK visitors relish the fight with mammoth carp. No licence is required to drop your line during National Fishing Week in July and Ontario Family Fishing weekend in February.
Boater’s Bucket List
Cruise the Trent-Severn Waterway, a national historic site and some of the best inland boating in the world. As Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals it connects our lakes and rivers to the Great Lakes and beyond. The Trent-Severn Waterway should be on every boater’s bucket list.
“Spectacular experience – this waterway system is a treasure.” Trip Advisor
Pining for some tee time?
You’ll have your pick of award-winning public and private golf courses. Very affordable public courses satisfy all skill levels with the added bonus of less golfer traffic than most. The private Wildfire Golf Club, designed by noted Canadian architect Tom McBroom, offers stay and play packages in partnership with select area accommodations.
Trails for Every Season
Whether you enjoy hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, snowmobiling, motorcycling or biking there is a trail system to satisfy your pursuit.
- Harold Town Conservation Area offers IMBA standard mountain biking trails for the beginner, youth and advanced technical rider.
- “The Cottage Country” and “Lakes, Rivers & Cafes” road cycling routes have received the official stamp from avid, local cyclists. The signed, long and short loops range from 45 – 100 kms.
- Kawartha Nordic Ski Club offers groomed classic, skating and wilderness trails – some lit for night skiing; as well as a snowshoeing loop.
- Hiking trails abound and can take you on boardwalks through provincially significant wetlands; to the bright blue/green McGinnis Lake – one of only a handful of meromictic (water layers don’t mix) lakes in Canada; past kettles and a disappearing river at Warsaw Caves; on the challenging 16km High Falls route; and so much more.
- With an abundance of lakes and rivers paddling experiences are always close at hand. Mapped routes range from easy to intermediate, flat water to rapids and some with back country (boat access) camping.
- Easily access 375km of the OFSC’s trail network.
- The 507 north of Buckhorn and the Northey’s Bay Road along Stoney Lake are consistently named in the top motorcycle rides in Ontario.
“This trail had some great climbs, some fun fast downhills, and some fairly technical parts in between. Overall I’m very impressed and will be back.” Harold Town review.
Area arenas schedule many timeslots for public ice-skating – some for free thanks to local business sponsors. Or try a unique opportunity to skate outdoors on a 400-metre-long speed skating oval. Figure skating, hockey and curling are all local favourites.
In fair weather the young and young at heart occupy ball diamonds, soccer pitches, tennis courts, playgrounds and beaches throughout the area. Isabel Morris Park is soon to be home to a new Skateboard Park – estimated completion Fall 2016.
Something for everyone.