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 on out—there’s something for all tastes in the options below.
A visit to Kawartha Nordic belongs on every skier’s must-do list. This popular attraction offers 46 km of cross-country trails, 27 km of skate skiing trail, as well as options for night skiers and snowshoers. The main trails are mechanically groomed, giving skiers a chance to really hit their stride. If you prefer a more backcountry experience, however, numerous side trails wind through the surrounding woods. On both the main and side trails, you’ll be impressed how remote Kawartha Nordic feels despite being only 40 minutes north of Peterborough.
Kawartha Nordic is far from the only option, however. The Northumberland County Forest trails offer an extensive trail system reserved especially for skiiers, and completely free to use. Hit the Beagle Club Trailhead and choose from several different routes, the longest of which passes through 13.3 km of peaceful woodland.
Those are just two highlights—to see more options around Kawarthas Northumberland, see our dedicated skiing posts.
It bears repeating: Kawartha Nordic is a top destination not just for skiers, but for snowshoers as well. It offers 9 km of snowshoe-specific trail, and Northumberland County Forest is also a returning recommendation—just choose the Woodland Trailhead and you’re set. We’d also add Lindsay’s Ken Reid Conservation Area to this list, especially for anyone seeking gradual inclines rather than steep hills. It’s just one of many snowshoe-friendly areas in Kawartha Lakes.
The best answer to where to snowshoe, of course, is “anywhere the snow is deep enough,” but we’ve got plenty of ideas to get you started. See our snowshoeing posts for details.
The harvest may be a few months away, but there’s still plenty to do on Kawarthas Northumberland farms in the wintertime. Haute Goat just outside Port Hope is a prime example. Many of Haute Goat’s agritourism experiences are available in the wintertime, including the ever-popular Schmurgle, which involves spending some quality time with the goats, and the Alpaca Knuffle Shuffle, which gives you an hour with some very gentle, curious alpacas. If that sounds too short, consider the Alpaca Sleepover.
Harley Farms outside Keene also does activities year-round, where you can learn about responsible animal husbandry on a family-operated farm. In Kawartha Lakes, Mariposa Woolen Mill is a great place to take a self-guided tour to understand the milling process—and bring home some local artisan goods in the bargain.
And that’s all before maple season kicks in! Read more about agritourism in Kawarthas Northumberland in the posts below.
There are plenty of places to take part in this quintessentially Canadian pastime in Kawarthas Northumberland. Underneath Peterborough’s iconic lift lock is the perfect place to get some healthy exercise and photo op (just check to see if the green flag is up before you set out. If it’s not, Quaker Foods City Square offers a refrigerated alternative).
We’re also big fans of the Rotary Harbourfront Outdoor Skating Rink in Cobourg, Ontario Speed Skating Oval in Lakefield, and the Logie Park Skating Loop in Lindsay. Read more about those locations in our skating post.
Once the lakes free over, huts on the ice are common sight in these parts. If you haven’t been introduced to ice fishing yet, the Family Fishing Weekend, which takes place over the Family Day Fishing Day weekend, is a great time to start. Once the sport has got you hooked, we recommend visiting Peterborough & the Kawarthas and Northumberland County‘s ice fishing pages for more details.
Our resident expert Chris Huskilson has also written an excellent primer on the subject over on our travel blog.
For anyone looking to get out for a ride, Kawarthas Northumberland is crisscrossed with trails. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs maintains an interactive map, which is also available via their mobile app. For general info on visiting the region, Kawartha Lakes’ snowmobiling page is well worth a visit. Northumberland County offers a similar resource, as does Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Just choose the area of most interest to you, and you’ll be heading down the trail in no time.