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Experience authentic arts and venues unlike anything else in Ontario

Kawarthas Northumberland is perfectly positioned as a destination for artistic & cultural experiences that you can’t find elsewhere in Ontario. We are just close enough to and just far enough away from Ontario’s major cities. We’ve got the balance that comes from being a perfect “in between” place where authentic arts & culture can thrive without being stifled.

It’s all here for you. Come experience authentic art and culture.

Experience a Unique Venue or Discover a New Artist

Unique Venues & Experiences
The cast of Beauty and the Beast takes a bow

Sit back, relax and enjoy a musical or live theatrical performance in a one-of-a-kind venue. Experience a one of a kind show at the 4th Line Theatre, which has been holding outdoor performances for nearly 30 years. Enjoy a stunning lineup of musical performers celebrating 20 years in Westben‘s custom-built barn. Take in a show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, one of Canada’s only remaining Atmospheric Theatre venues. Discover one of the many Peterborough’s live music and theatre venues, or enjoy live concerts as the summer sun sets in the park in Bobcaygeon or Peterborough, next to the beautiful Trent-Severn Waterway.

Witness the largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings in Canada at Petroglyphs Provincial Park in North Kawartha. Visit The Canadian Canoe Museum, a unique national heritage centre in Peterborough that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada through the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercraft. Immerse yourself in the work of Indigenous craftspeople from the Curve Lake First Nation and from across Canada at Whetung’s Ojibwa Centre.

Wind your way through the back roads along the Kawartha Lakes Arts & Heritage Trail. Visit an artist’s home studio and soak up the natural settings that foster some of Ontario’s largest & longest-standing Studio Tours. From the rolling hills of Northumberland to the iconic Canadian Shield and the serene Kawartha Lakes, each place inspires and attracts vibrant arts and cultural communities that love to live and work here.

The creative arts are thriving in Kawarthas Northumberland thanks to vibrant communities of musicians, actors, bands, singer/song-writers, and artisans.

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Canadian Canoe Museum Beading Workshop

Connect with authentic cultural traditions. Discover your inner artisan. Immerse yourself in traditional tools and knowledge that few people have the chance to experience first-hand. Get hands-on guidance from the talented craftspeople and artisans throughout Kawarthas Northumberland.

Book a workshop with an artisan in paddle-carving, pyrography, beading, leather-working, snow-shoe making and more at The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. Enjoy a guided forest experience or a workshop in traditional greenwood carving at the Gamiing Nature Centre in Lindsay. Immerse yourself in the floor-to-ceiling displays of Indigenous artwork at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre at the Curve Lake First Nation. Experience the dozens of unique local legends & artisan studios along the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail, including a multi-day escape to the Kawartha Lakes that features guided workshops in birding and wildflower photography at the unique Carden Alvar Provincial Park, one of the Top 5 Birding Sites in Ontario. Enjoy the heart-warming hilarity of baby goats with a unique Shmurgle Experience at Haute Goat in Port Hope.

Whatever inspires you, go home with something you made yourself & a renewed sense of creativity and connection.

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