Kawarthas Northumberland

Top tips for things to do in & around Campbellford


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• Search for “Campbellford” on our Trip Planner and you’ll see why this small town is an undiscovered gem. There’s plenty to see & do here!


Where to stay

• Campbellford is full of cozy places that are worth coming back to experience! Check out our Trip Planner for details, but here are some highlights:

Old Country Roses Bed & Breakfast

Water’s Edge Inn

Emilyville Inn

Windswept on the Trent

Linda’s Bed & Breakfast

Campbellford River Inn

 


Move yourself

• Campbellford is a great town for walking. It’s small & there is plenty to see & do right around the aptly named Bridge Street bridge.

The Bridge Street bridge in Campbellford

• Rediscover the canal city experience by boating into Campbellford from near or far. You’ll feel like you’ve found the perfect combination of small-town Ontario and quaint European canal city.

• Be one with nature at Ferris Provincial Park, just south of town (near locks 11-12). This is a great place for a hike or bike adventure!

The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge to Ferris Provincial Park.

• Looking for rental options for paddling? Campbellford Paddle is just north of downtown. This is your taste of the Caribbean in Campbellford, and your source for canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards! Say “Hi!” to Mark & Heather. They operate Campbellford Paddle out of their home & they are certified to offer lessons too!

Kayaks, canoes, and SUP for rent at Campbellford Paddle.

• If you’re interested in paddling day-trips out of Campbellford, we’ve got some insider info from local experts!

Waterfalls Picnic:

Paddle north to dock on the south side of Lock 13. You can enjoy the sound of a waterfall and a picnic along the shallow, rocky shoreline.

Ferris Provincial Park:

Experience the thrill of going through the huge double locks (11/12) just 2km south of Campbellford. About half a kilometre beyond the locks you’ll find the Ferris Provincial Park boat launch. You can have a picnic on the shoreline right there (There’s a swing set just up the hill!) or you can hike the shoreline another half kilometre south to a grassy, open area for a picnic at the water’s edge.

Lion’s Park:

Whether you’re just learning to paddle, or trying out a stand-up paddleboard for the first time, there’s a great short trip option to Campbellford’s Lions Park. Head north from Campbellford Paddle until you find the small, sandy shoreline of Lion’s Park. You’ll be close to two sheltered picnic areas, washrooms, and a playground!

Base of Lock 14:

Escape through Lock 13 and on the other side you can paddle up to find flat rocks at the base of Lock 14 that are perfect for disembarking for a shoreline lunch with the sounds of water falling nearby.


Must-see & Must-do

• You’ve got to see the world’s largest Toonie. It’s in Old Mill Park just south of Bridge Street by the Emilyville Inn.

The World’s Largest Toonie

• Walk or bike across the impressive Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge to Ferris Provincial Park!

The Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge.

• Enrich your appreciation for music & performance arts at WestBen Arts Festival Theatre. Just east of downtown Campbellford, this gorgeous rural venue offers innovative theatrical and musical performances, and you are missing out if you have not heard of their one of a kind workshops & experiences.

WestBen Arts Festival Theatre

• What’s more Canadian than maple syrup season, but even in the off-season it’s worth checking in to see if Curle’s Maple Products and Maple Museum is open for a sweet experience.

• Fishing is great around Campbellford. Rumour has it that the Trent River east of Meyers Island is a nice spot, but the entire area is worth testing.


Eats & Treats

• Get your sweet tooth ready! Campbellford has three Butter Tart Tour stops:

Dooher’s Bakery does butter tarts, but that’s not all! They are renowned for their donuts, and a stunning variety of other baked goods. Get there before 10:30-11am if you want your pick of the day’s bounty.

Antonia’s Bistro is not only a Butter Tart Tour location, but also a great place to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Note that they are only open for dinner Wednesdays and Saturdays. Check their website for any updates to their hours.

In Season has butter tarts, gourmet dips, preserves, and all your kitchen gadget & décor dreams under one roof.

Campbellford features three Butter Tart Tour bakeries.

• Experience the award-winning cheeses at the headquarters of Empire Cheese in Campbellford!

Cheese mixing at Empire Cheese in Campbellford.

• The World’s Finest Chocolate Outlet Store. The name says it all, and its factory outlet store has been in Campbellford since 1999!

• Capers Restaurant has a great variety of dishes and offers a casual dining experience in a 1890’s heritage home with a patio.

• The only microbrewery in Northumberland County, Church Key Brewing Company offers award-winning ales and is open daily from 10am to dark. Six-packs and growlers are available in their gift shop, as are Church Key apparel and other local honey and bison products.


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