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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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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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Winter Birding with Drew Monkman

In deep winter, unless you’re an avid skier or snowshoer, it can feel a bit like the outdoor season is on pause. According to naturalist and avid birder Drew Monkman, nothing could be further from the truth. “You can typically find 70 or so species of birds here from December through March,” he says. “Winter

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Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches of Kawarthas Northumberland

Sure, the changing leaves are gorgeous—but corn mazes and pumpkin patches run a close second when it comes to classic fall imagery. Farms throughout Kawarthas Northumberland have stepped up to offer seasonal attractions that range from spooky to toddler-friendly, often with a corn maze as the centrepiece. Read on to discover several excellent ways to

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Life on the Farm: Agritourism at Harley Farms

Harley Farms is built on strong fundamentals. The Keene-area farm produces high welfare beef, pork, and lamb, as well as eggs, chicken, and turkey. That means ensuring their animals are free from stress, hunger, and thirst, as well as free to exhibit natural behaviours such as foraging and roaming. On top of that foundation, they’ve added agritourism experiences to help show the public exactly what that means.

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Fall Brewery Tour: Four Craft Breweries in Kawarthas Northumberland

On a sunny day in late September, the Kawarthas Northumberland team set out to capture some fall imagery. Craft breweries made the perfect stops along the way, combining gorgeous scenery, warm hospitality, and excellent beer into one irresistible package. Below are profiles of four of the locations we visited, but there are many more spots

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Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour: Nan Sidler on Capturing a Sense of Place

Peterborough residents know the Old West End as one of the city’s most tranquil, beautiful neighbourhoods. For painter Nan Sidler, that makes it the perfect home base to pursue her chosen artform, landscape painting. “I just love the trees in the neighbourhood,” she says. “It’s so gorgeous.” Guests will have a chance to appreciate the

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Northumberland Hills Studio Tour: Jane Robertson on Interpreting the Landscape

“I get most of my inspiration probably within 15 kilometres of where I live here. It’s just not necessary to go much further,” says painter Jane Robertson. Visitors on the Northumberland Hills Studio Tour, which ran September 9-10 in 2023, would probably agree—the region’s expansive landscapes lend themselves to painting. “It’s really about patterns and

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Catch a Free Concert in Kawarthas Northumberland (Summer 2023)

Music drifting across the park on a sunny day is one of the surest signs of summer—and it happens all across the region. Whether you’re visiting for the day or looking for activities to round out a longer stay, the options below virtually guarantee a good time (weather permitting!). Peterborough Musicfest (Del Crary Park, 100

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Taste of the TSW with Jeff Bray: Kawartha Dairy

Jeff Bray is the co-founder and festival director of the award-winning Cultivate Festival in Northumberland County. He’s also an instructor at Centennial College, where he teaches about food tourism, a former restauranteur, and a previous contributing writer to Watershed Magazine. We asked Jeff to give us his thoughts on a few of the unique Taste of the

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Taste of the TSW with Jeff Bray: Cake by the Lake

Bobcaygeon is broken into two parts: the mainland and the islands. Together, they make up an idyllic cottage country community.

The main island is by far the largest. This is where you’ll find the largest concentration of shopping, outdoor recreation rentals, and food and beverage options. Bridges across the Bobcaygeon River connect it to the mainland—and to the second island, home of Lock 32 along the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The third island is the smallest of the three, and only big enough for a handful of buildings. It’s easy to miss, but explore and you’ll find a hidden gem: Cake by the Lake, a specialty bakery that packs a surprising variety into its tiny shopfront.

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