OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES

The uncrowded spaces of Kawarthas Northumberland have a natural beauty that’s all their own

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Discover the landscapes, geological features, and natural attractions unique to Kawarthas Northumberland, from rolling hills and limestone cliffs through underground rivers and the “Land Between”, to the Carden Alvar and the iconic Canadian Shield.

Learn more about the unique and rare natural features that define this region with the suggestions below.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

If adventure is what you’re looking for, you will have no problem filling your days with breathtaking and exhilarating activities. With hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling trails, 350+ lakes to paddle on, and unique natural wonders to explore, you can follow your curiosity wherever it leads.

Climb, crawl, and bend through seven caves that were formed thousands of years ago by the rushing, melting waters of the last ice age at the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area. Push your endurance by mountain biking through the many trails in Ganaraska Forest or feel your adrenaline rush by swinging through the trees at Treetop TrekkingRent a sea-doo or a power boat and cruise around the lakes, or book a whitewater canoe trip with an expert guide. Kawarthas Northumberland also has many snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing opportunities that will have you winding through beautiful forested areas surrounded by wildlife and fresh air.

Petroglyphs

Peterborough and the Kawarthas is home to the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Many stories can be interpreted from the drawings also known as the “teaching rocks”. There are also many opportunities to see wildlife on the trails, and with 4 different trail systems, you take your pick at how to spend your day exploring the natural wonder that is the Petroglyphs.

RANNEY GORGE

The astounding views you get from Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge are more than noteworthy. Don’t take our word for it – Narcity claims this is “Ontario’s Most Scenic Suspension Bridge” with “the best views in central Ontario.” This is an attraction that you can enjoy all year round. The bridge gives you the best view of Ranney Falls and the rushing waters 30ft beneath your feet. You’ll feel a sense of adventure as your heart races while the bridge sways in the wind. On the other side of the bridge is Ferris Provincial Park.

OTHER RESOURCES

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The Kawarthas Northumberland blog is the place to go for longer stories and additional recommendations. Browse the articles below to find out more about cycling in the region.

A skier in a yellow jacket heads down a corridor of trees
Outdoor Recreation
Matt

Top 6 Winter Activities in Kawarthas Northumberland

Here in Kawarthas Northumberland, the outdoor season doesn’t stop when the cold weather hits. The region abounds with exciting ways to make the most of winter, and so we’ve compiled a few of our greatest hits into one place. If you see something that sparks your interest, just check the forecast, bundle up, and head

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A person looks out over a frozen creek
Day Trips
Matt

Six Winter Hiking Trails to Try in Kawarthas Northumberland

Many of the trails in this region are a pleasure in any season, so winter hiking doesn’t mean reinventing the wheel. Instead, you’ll find many of our local favourites transformed by a fresh blanket of snow, bracing air, and a quiet and calming atmosphere that’s unique to the season. We’ve selected the areas below for

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Lilac in the foreground, with people walking in the background
Day Trips
Matt

Spring Is Sprung: Visiting the Warkworth Lilac Festival

There’s a moment every year when you walk out the door and realize, “spring is really here!” Temperatures climb upward, buds appear on the trees, and birdsong suddenly seems louder. Nothing drives the feeling home quite like spring flowers, though—and the avid gardeners at the Warkworth Lilac Festival have found a way to turn that sensation in a weeks-long celebration along the Millennium Lilac Trail.

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