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Top Tips & Things To Do in & around Hiawatha First Nation

Welcome to the Hiawatha First Nation

• The Hiawatha First Nation is located on the north shore of Rice Lake, just east of where the Otonabee River (part of the Trent Severn Waterway) winds its way into Rice Lake from Peterborough.

• Get the offical “Boozhoo” (“Welcome”) by visiting the webpage of the Mississaugii of Rice Lake.

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Move Yourself

• Cyclists take note. The Rice Lake Ramble Cycling Route is a must-do, one of the favourite biking routes in all of Ontario! These tips come to you courtesy of Northumberland Tourism:

• Approximately 74km and comes recommended by the Toronto Bicycling Network.

• A perfect combination of a great ride (rolling hills and stunning views) with tastes of local First Nation culture via Alderville First Nation on the south side of Rice Lake.

• This experience can be combined with local Bed & Breakfasts, Resorts, or other great accommodation options.

• It includes the Greenbelt Route, and you can launch from Cobourg thanks to Via Rail’s Bike Train.

• The route also takes you through the only surviving Oak Ridges Moraine old growth forest in all of Ontario.

• Get all the details from Northumberland Tourism.


• Fishing on Rice Lake is renowned. But don’t take our word for it. Listen to local pro Chris Huskilson who has been fishing Rice Lake since he was a teenager.

“One of my favorite bodies of water to target bass is Rice Lake. This particular body of water contains both species in great numbers and trophy size. Smallmouth bass reaching 6lbs are not unheard of and largemouth bass in the 7lb class do exist as well!”

“By mid-May, when the Walleye have finished their spawn, they can be found in numbers in weed clumps or pockets out at the mouth of the tributaries they have spawned in.  I spend a great deal of time on Rice Lake during this period utilizing a few key techniques to catch a boat load of fish. 30-50 fish days are not uncommon! With plenty of over and slot limit sized fish.”

• Check out Chris Huskilson’s complete tips for SpringSummer, and Fall Fishing in Kawarthas Northumberland, including Rice Lake.

Where to Stay

• Check out our Trip Planner to find great options for resorts and cottages near Hiawatha First Nation and all around Rice Lake.

• You can also find more information from the Rice Lake Tourist Association.

Eats & Treats

• Whether you’re cycling around Rice Lake, or boating, or road tripping through Hiawatha First Nation, The Old Railroad Stop is your port of call for ice cream, a beautiful view, a meal at the restaurant, gas, and local gift shop finds.

• Just east of Hiawatha is Elmhirst’s Resort and Spa. You needn’t stay overnight to make a reservation & treat yourself to a delicious and locally sourced culinary experience. Elmhirst’s Resort grows their own produce, partners with local farmers, and raises their own livestock right there on site.

• Just north-west of Hiawatha is Peterborough, which will spoil you with great choices for culinary experiences, local brews, and sweet treats. Get the details via Downtown Peterborough’s website.

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