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Spring Drives · Birdwatching · Outdoor Experiences · Virtual Experiences

Late winter and early spring are a magical time of year in Ontario. Scroll down to discover the magic, or browse using the categories above.

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. 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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Kawarthas Northumberland is home to some of Ontario’s best birdwatching destinations. Carden Alvar Provincial Park and Presqu’ile Provincial Park are internationally recognized Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, and both of these parks rank among the Top 5 spots for birdwatching in Ontario. Over 338 species have been spotted at Presqu’ile Provincial Park alone. Peterborough and the Kawarthas offer a chance to see a huge variety as well, thanks to its “transition zone” geography. Encompassing the rugged Canadian Shield to the north and gentler agricultural lands to the south means the region houses an impressive diversity of species. Curious? Get more info here.

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PKT SPRING – Spotlight 2 – Group Cycling

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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Virtual Experiences

Spring in 2021 isn’t quite as freeing as usual, given COVID-19 restrictions and the need for social distancing. Fortunately the Kawarthas Northumberland community has come up with a number of ways to stay connected. Whether you’re from further afield and looking to get a taste of the region before planning a trip in the future, or a local hoping to stay in touch with your favourite businesses and attractions, these virtual experiences are fun, safe, and accessible.

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