ESCAPE the Daily Grind
In only 90 minutes from Toronto you can truly get away from it all. Visit us and embrace the true Canadian cottage experience. Home to the eastern Kawartha Lakes there is ample opportunity to try your hand at canoeing, waterskiing, kayaking, wakeboarding and year ‘round fishing; not to mention a jam-packed menu of festivals and events.
For locals, be sure to get acquainted with the attractions that have for decades been luring visitors from across the country and around the world.
Encounter “The Land Between” – a unique ecotone smack dab between the Canadian Shield and the St. Lawrence Lowlands. Explore this transition area containing elements from the ecosystems it borders, but also having features that are entirely unique. Exposed granite and limestone stepping stones; small, connected lakes and wetlands; open ridges and cool shaded forests; all await your discovery.
At One with Nature
We’re a diversity hotspot! Wide-ranging habitat attracts a broader variation of species. Ontario’s only lizard, the Five-lined Skink lives here. Naturalist and birder, Drew Monkman notes that, “Two worlds collide here and birding is better because of it.” With no less than ten provincial parks and conservation areas there’s no shortage of nature’s unspoiled gifts.
Not to be Missed Attractions
- Petroglyphs Provincial Park – Canada’s largest known concentration of Aboriginal rock carvings; interpretive centre
- Warsaw Caves Conservation Area & Campground – series of caves and kettles formed thousands of years ago
- Canadian Canoe Museum – engaging, family-friendly museum with more than 100 canoes and kayaks
- Lang Pioneer Village Museum – each year, tens of thousands of visitors from around the world take this trip back in time
- Indian River Reptile Zoo – Canada’s only zoological reptile facility with over 200 reptiles
- Kawartha Highlands Signature Site Park – Largest park in Ontario south of Algonquin; 100+ boat access campsites; day-trip or overnight canoe and kayak routes
- Peterborough Lift Locks – world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, Lock 21 in the Trent-Severn Waterway, Visitor Centre
You’re Invited to Join the Fun!
An exciting roster of events fills each season with plenty of choice. Take your pick and enjoy! Here are just some of our much anticipated annual events. For current offerings visit our Events Calendar.
- PolarFest & Polar Plunge – a weekend of ice carving, sleigh rides, jumping in an ice cold lake, racing canoes on wheels and embracing the Canadian winter; early February
- Buckhorn MapleFest – savour pancakes and freshly made maple syrup, tap your toes to live music, visit the sugar shack to view the process, celebrate spring; weekends mid-late March
- All-Ways Apsley, Motorcycle Rendezvous – hundreds of bikes converge on the quaint town of Apsley for a Show & Shine, games, exhibitors and guided ride; early June
- Lakefield Fairy & Dragon Festival – exhibitors, musical entertainment, sword fighting knights, conga line with the fairy princess troupe, explore the Fairy & Dragon Trail throughout the village, come in costume to enhance the experience; early June
- Lakefield Jazz, Art & Craft Festival – spend the day with family and friends on the shores of the Otonabee River, wide variety of Jazz, colourful works for sale by artisans and crafters, local food vendors; early July
- Lakefield Literary Festival – for over 20 years celebrating literary heritage while showcasing current Canadian authors; includes children’s tent and young adult program; mid July
- Buckhorn Fine Art Festival – juried show and sale of original works of art, one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario; mid August
- Apsley & Kawartha Studio Tours – showcasing the quality work of artists representing a variety of disciplines, self-drive and free of charge; two weekends mid September
- Curve Lake First Nation Pow Wow – weekend of dancing, contests and presentations; mid September
Something for everyone.