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Top Secret (and not-so-secret) Places You Need to Explore 

Hidden Gems

Top Secret (and not-so-secret) Places You Need to Explore 

Boating on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Learn more about the Trent-Severn Waterway
More info on the Trent-Severn Waterway

Connecting Georgian Bay to Trenton and Presqu’ile Bay on Lake Ontario, the Trent-Severn Waterway is backbone of Kawarthas Northumberland. Managed by Parks Canada, the Trent-Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site of Canada. But this historic waterway is far more than just a canal. Less than 60km of its nearly 400km is man-made canals. The rest is natural lakes and rivers framed by limestone gorges and the iconic Canadian Shield. These diverse bodies of water are home to some of the best multi-species fishing in all of Ontario and over a dozen provincial parks as well as several unique conservation areas.

The locks of the Trent-Severn are also at the heart of towns and villages with vibrant cultural scenes, delicious locally-sourced cuisine, and award-winning craft breweries. The storied shores of the Trent-Severn embrace an abundance of trails (including the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail), and some of Ontario’s most scenic driving and cycling routes. Suffice it to say that travellers on & along with Trent-Severn Waterway will be spoiled for choice between on-water escapes and excursions on land.

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More info on the Trent-Severn Waterway
Lock Tales - Lock 21 Peterborough Lift Lock

Our final #LockTales of the season. Let lockmaster Ed introduce you the Lock 21 - the famous Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site.

Posted by Trent-Severn Waterway on Friday, October 5, 2018

The Best Multi-species Fishing In Ontario

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Kawarthas Northumberland is home to some of the best multi-species fishing in all of Ontario. With hundreds of lakes and rivers, the region has no shortage of opportunity to cast your line and feel the thrill of that first bite. Whether you’re looking to catch a muskie, pike, walleye, large or smallmouth bass, panfish, gar, or carp, there are many resorts in the region that offer boat rental packages and we also have an abundance of fish-from-shore locations and public boat launches where you can catch the fish of a lifetime.

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4th Line Theatre

4th Line Theatre Website

Offering special events on Wednesdays and Fridays before the shows, the 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook presents original plays based on regional history with poignant universal significance. The farm where the theatre is situated has been in founder Robert Winslow’s family for 150 years, and for the past 25 he has been inviting people to his beautiful property for a unique, environmental theatre experience. The 4th Line Theatre is an excellent excursion for you and your family to take in exceptional live-performances.

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South Pond Farms

South Pond Farms Website

Located in the countryside near Pontypool, Ontario, South Pond Farms will simply take your breath away. This farm is the perfect escape into rural paradise (and also a great venue for hosting almost any event), and owner Danielle French wants to share her little slice of heaven with you.

Enjoy one of the regular, themed dinner events that run from Spring to Fall. Throughout the Winter months, South Pond Farms hosts workshops and special events and they are open Thursdays through Sundays from 11am-3pm. Come hike the trails, wander the property, and peruse the gift shop, which also has fresh bread, pastries and your favourite South Pond merchandise.

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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge

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Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge - Photo Courtesy of Northumberland Tourism

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.

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Westben Website

A magical blend of world-class music, wonderful people and a magnificent setting, Westben was formed in 1999 as a not-for-profit organization and is dedicated to creating, enriching and integrating professionals and amateurs in music projects and educational activities. Westben attracts top names year-after-year to perform in their stunning custom-built timber-frame structure. Known affectionately as “The Barn,” this venue is unlike any other in Ontario – an acoustic marvel, grand in its simplicity and its harmony with the surrounding farmland. Plans  continue to present many more great performances in the future, featuring the likes of everything from Bach to Broadway favourites, opera, jazz, comedy, and world music.

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The Canadian Canoe Museum

Canadian Canoe Museum Website

Originally a technology of Canada’s Indigenous people, the canoe played a vital role in Canadian history. This, and much more, can be felt by a trip to The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough. At the heart of all things Canadian, multi-cultural, and artisanal, The Canadian Canoe Museum is home to the largest collection of canoes and kayaks in the world – some of them several hundred years old. This is a museum that parents and kids will both enjoy.

The museum tells the remarkable story of paddling as a tradition which helped build Canada as a country. Home to Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s famous buckskin coat and some of the fastest canoes and kayaks in the world, it is also home to some of the world-class, finely engineered boats used by Canada’s many Olympic champions. There is sure to be something here that will make you proud to be Canadian.

Be sure to follow our blog about paddling that includes trip inspirations from local guides, videos, and different paddling routes and locations.

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Lang Pioneer Village

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Hans Fischer – Lang Grist Mill

Nestled along the banks of the historic Indian River, Lang Pioneer Village Museum features over twenty-five restored and furnished buildings constructed between 1825 and 1899.

A photographer’s paradise, the Village is complete with lanes and pathways, farm animals, rail and stump fences, vegetable and herb gardens, as well as other authentic details of a 19th-century hamlet. Villagers of all ages, dressed in authentic historical costume, go about their daily chores contributing to the authenticity of this living history experience. Sparks fly from the anvil in the blacksmith shop, handbills are printed on the old press in the Register Print Shop and the gentle smell of wood smoke fills the air. Chat with the Village carpenter at his treadle lathe or the spinner at her wheel and visit the 14-room Keene Hotel for lemonade or afternoon tea. Step back in time and enjoy a day like no other!

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The Capitol Theatre in Port Hope

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Nestled in the historic and picturesque town of Port Hope, just east of Toronto, the Capitol Theatre is a unique, must-see Ontario destination.

A National Historic Site of Canada, the Capitol was first built in 1930 and it is now one of the last fully restored atmospheric theatres still in operation in Canada. It is the only theatre of its kind left in Ontario. This theatre was designed so that the interior walls resemble a walled medieval courtyard surrounded by a forest, and the ceiling is a star-studded blanket of twilight. Sitting in the audience, you feel the “atmosphere” of a performance under the stars in a castle courtyard. The Capitol Theatre provides a unique chance to experience the history of immersive theatre at its best.

Nearly 100 years old, the Capitol Theatre has a proud history of technical and theatrical innovation. The Capitol was one of the first theatres in Canada originally built for talking pictures, the precursor to modern cinema. The first screening at the theatre was Queen High, starring Ginger Rogers and Charlie Ruggles.

In 2015, when the Capitol Theatre produced the famous musical Singing in the Rain, the iconic dancing in the rain scene came to life with a stunning combination of  digital projection and real rain falling from the ceiling. With such a remarkable history of innovation, it is no surprise that the Capitol Theatre continues to embrace its historical status while also using innovative technologies and visual effects to create an enhanced, immersive theatre experience.

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