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Late winter and early spring are a magical time of year in Ontario. Scroll down and awaken your senses this spring in Kawarthas Northumberland. Browse using the categories above.

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car parked on the side of the road in front of a field with lilac bushes, a couple standing looking into the field

If warm weather inspires your wanderlust, the open and uncrowded roads of Kawarthas Northumberland await you. See green returning to the forests and fields as you wind your way along carefully curated routes.

Beer lovers and foodies alike will enjoy the Brews, Bites, and Barns tour, which leads through some of Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ most scenic regions en route to craft breweries. Peterborough has a specially curated garden route that leads you to specialty growers,
gorgeous display gardens and garden boutiques. In late May the Lilac Tours of Northumberland County are an ideal choice, or you can explore the fertile landscape between Lake Ontario and Rice Lake by choosing from this list of top five road trips. History buff? Experience the dozens of unique local legends and artisan studios along the Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail or try one of four other recommended routes.

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The Sweet Taste of Spring
Brown salad dressing drizzled over a green salad with feta cheese

Spring marks the arrival of maple syrup season in Kawarthas Northumberland and visitors can sample the bounty throughout the region.  With over 25 maple syrup producers in Kawarthas Northumberland, local restaurants, resorts, cafes and makers take advantage of this sweet local ingredient by adding maple flavours to dishes, creating tasty baked items, or adding sap to local craft brews. 

Tasting maple isn’t just reserved for harvest season. Food and beverage providers across Kawarthas Northumberland have artfully created with this iconic Canadian condiment to offer you maple flavoured, maple infused, or maple inspired ingredients.

Click here to discover all the  locally-sourced maple items for a true tree-to-table experience!

Feature image photo credit: @ricelakecaroline

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You certainly cannot think of spring without images of the Easter Bunny, baby chicks and fuzzy farm animals. Spring is the perfect time to get up close and personal with adorable farm animals. Kawarthas Northumberland is an agri-tourism destination where animal lovers of all ages can connect one-on-one with some four-legged friends, from fuzzy alpacas to friendly pigs, goats, and donkeys. Learn about working farms and where your meat and dairy come from. 

Peterboruogh and the Kawarthas offer many farm-tastic experiences to enjoy, from alpaca walks to pig rescues to riding stables. If you’re more into farm goods and produce there are many farmers’ markets to take in across the region.

If you’re looking for a truly immersive experience, Haute Goat near Port Hope offers an Alpaca Sleepover where you will slumber in a private space inside the alpaca enclosure. Haute Goat is just one of the many ways of getting grounded in nature in Northumberland. you can also enjoy other experiences such as Primrose Donkey Sanctuary or the free range wildlife on Grasshopper island on Rice Lake, plus the many farm fresh farmers’ markets. 

In Kawartha Lakes, “farm-to-table” is a way of life. The region is covered in beautiful agricultural land that weaves around the shining lakes. The farm experiences, farm stands and farmers’ markets in Kawartha Lakes are a thriving example of the movement to support local foods and products. Learn where your food comes from in Kawartha Lakes!

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A group of four cyclists rides past a green field

Hiking, biking, paddling—the warmer weather opens up a whole range of options for anyone inclined to explore.

Check out this list of trails in Peterborough & the Kawarthas to start exploring on foot or by bike, or strap the canoe on the roof and choose from ten signature paddling routes. The combination of rolling drumlin hills, scenic lake vistas, and winding rural roads makes Northumberland County a cyclist’s paradise. Kawartha Lakes is home to numerous hidden gems and stunning views, from the Fleetwood Creek lookout to Omemee’s Windy Ridge.

The best part? Before the May long weekend, chances are you’ll have no bugs to contend with as you take in the fresh air.

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Discover Art this Spring
Potter Sheila Brenchley sits by a window in her Peace of Earth studio

Shake off the dull hues of winter and take in colourful works of art in Kawarthas Northumberland. Whether enjoying art virtually, in person, en plein air or browsing local shops, art and culture buffs will be wowed by the creativity and local talent on display.

You can plan an Instagram-worthy road trip across Kawarthas Northumberland, snapping photos with stunning murals or giant sculptures such as the Hastings fish Pisces Pete, the giant twoonie in Campbellford, the Hunter Street Bridge Archway mural in Peterborough or the brightly painted Little Pie Shack in Fenelon Falls.

Trent-Severn Trail Towns offers a self-guided paddle art tour where you can see artistically designed canoe paddles on display in Trent-Severn Trail Town Friendly Businesses, Tourist and Chamber of Commerce offices. The Kawartha Lakes Arts and Heritage Trail guides you through local art galleries, makers, artist studios, museums and cultural highlights.

 

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