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Top Tips for Things to do in & around Keene

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• Search for “Keene” on our Trip Planner and you’ll see where this cute village is located relative to Indian River, the Trent Severn Waterway, and Rice Lake.

Keene is less than 2 hours from Toronto and Kingston.

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Where to Stay

• Check out nearby accommodations on our Trip Planner. There are several other resorts and accommodations nearby on Rice Lake and in Peterborough.

• The cottages at Elmhirst’s Resort are a beautiful place to stay nearby.

• If you stay at Elhmirst’s Resort, you could try one of Destination Canada’s Signature Experiences with a flying tour of the region from Free Spirit Air Adventures.

Move Yourself

• Boat it! Keene is located right on the Indian River with a boat launch. Indian River connects with Rice Lake and the Trent Severn Waterway. You can rent boats at several locations on Rice Lake.

• The Indian River is a paddler’s paradise, especially during higher water levels in the spring. You’ll need to rent or bring boats from elsewhere, but once you arrive you’ll be treated to scenic shorelines with overhanging trees and great wildlife viewing.

• Rice Lake is beautiful for paddling too.

• Fishing is excellent along the Indian River and on Rice Lake.

Must-see & Must-do

• Lang Pioneer Village is located just north of Keene. This really is an entire 19th century village. Travel back in time with plenty of activities for adults & kids. Don’t miss the Jacquard Loom (one of only a few functional examples in North America) and the First Nations Aabnaabin Camp.

• Check out the Saw House demonstrations at Hope Mill!

Eats & Treats

• Get your fill at Muddy’s Pit BBQ and the Peachy Keene Café.

• Pick up some stunningly beautiful & delicious goat cheese as well as lovely “Happy Body Collection” soaps & lotions at Crosswind Farm!

• You can also make a reservation for a top-notch, locally-sourced (FeastON Certified) culinary experience at Elmhirst’s Resort, where they create delicious meals from their own farm or from nearby farms.


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