As winter approaches, things brighten up here in Kawarthas Northumberland. We know how to enjoy all that winter has to offer! There are plenty of festivals, events, and live performances. There are also lots of great trails, adventures, and winter-time outdoor activities to enjoy. Here are some ideas to get you started!
Just east of Toronto, Port Hope and Cobourg are your escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Enjoy unique shopping opportunities and winter festivities at your own pace with a charming touch of quaint Victorian architecture and small-town calm.Treat yourself to a stunningly delicious meals and buy some locally-made baked goods before you relax before a performance at the unique Capitol Theatre or one of several other great venues. Get tips from Northumberland Tourism here, use our Trip Planner to guide your discoveries, or take some sweet cues from the stops on the Butter Tart Tour.
If you prefer to escape the towns altogether, head up to Rice Lake. Enjoy one of the resorts nestled between the southern shores of Rice Lake and the beautiful free trails of the Northumberland County Forest. There are also more resorts on the north side of Rice Lake, including the all-inclusive Elmhirst’s Resort and Spa. If you’re looking for a one-stop escape to a remote winter wonderland, the resorts on Rice Lake offer some great options.
Warm up to winter with the perfect balance of city & country in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. There are great trails for all types of activities. If cross-country skiing is of interest, check out the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club. The Kawarthas are bustling with snowmobile clubs and trails. If you’re looking for some winter hikes or snowshoe trails, get your info here. Follow us on social media to stay informed about winter events like the PolarFest in Lakefield (February 2-4 2018), which features gorgeous ice sculptures, Olympic-class speed skating, and pond hockey. You can even skate on the Trent-Severn Waterway right beside the world’s highest lift lock! Combine your adventures with a cottage resort so you can warm up hearth-side with a delicious meal after your fresh-air adventures. If you prefer to stay indoors, check out the local museums, galleries, shops, restaurants, and cultural events, including performances at Showplace, the Market Hall, and more. All the details are here for you via Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism.
More adventures are only 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, in the Kawartha Lakes. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, hit the slopes at Devil’s Elbow Ski and Snowboard area. There are also plenty of stunning trails for snowshoeing, hiking and skiing. Get info on more than 150km of groomed snowmobiling trails here. Details on arts, cultural, and heritage experiences are here. And you can use our Trip Planner to find some of the local hot spots to warm up with some coffee, get a locally-made baked treat, or spoil yourself with a delicious dinner.
Photos by Fred Thornhill.