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Summer Getaways

Over 350 Lakes & Rivers

And some of the best local food culture, cycling, boating, and fishing in all of Ontario

Your Summer Road Trip Destination

Summer Events & Trip Ideas
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Thinking of a road trip? Take a friend or grab the family and discover the green farmlands, wildflower meadows, and stunning waterways of Kawarthas Northumberland. All this lush growth, coupled with our abundance of lakes and rivers, make this region a hot destination for locally-sourced foodie experiences and a craft beverage enthusiast’s heaven.

Road trips don’t always mean having to stick to the road, either. Rent a houseboat or a canoe or kayak and cruise the interconnected lakes of the Trent-Severn Waterway. Explore the charm of waterfront communities, navigating the locks from lake-to-lake while you let your stress and worries float away. Make a pit stop in Peterborough and test your balance with stand up paddle boarding on Little Lake or head out on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, one of the most popular trails for cycling in Ontario.

Don’t forget to take in a show or some live music at one of our unique & award-winning venues. We have some of Ontario’s best free summer music festivals and venues like WestBen and 4th Line Theatre treat you to some of Ontario’s finest fresh-air performances.

Make some great summer memories this year – plan your road trip now.

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Bandshell at Del Crary Park in Peterborough with a crowd gathered

If summer music festivals and fresh-air arts experiences are right up your alley, look no further. Take in one of the free concerts at Peterborough Musicfest, or grab your cowboy boots and buck your way to the Havelock Country Jamboree.

Kawarthas Northumberland has some award-winning venues that are perfect for summer concerts and theatre. For example, concerts at barn never sounded so good than at the renowned Westben Centre for Connection and Creativity in Campbellford. And if you have not yet experienced outdoor theatre, epic in nature, at 4th Line Theatre, then you are missing out on one of Ontario’s top summer theatre experiences.

If you prefer fine arts & crafts, don’t miss the Buckhorn Fine Art Festival in August.

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With a huge selection of trails, lakes, rivers, and streams, the summer months allow for many adventures. Lace up your hiking boots or hop on your bike to explore some of Ontario’s most popular trails, including the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail and the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. You can explore the rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park, home to the largest collection of indigenous rock carvings in North America. Paddle nearly 400km of interconnected lakes and rivers as you navigate the Trent-Severn Waterway, National Historic Site of Canada. Take a bike, take a hike, grab your paddle or grab your board, no matter what you do you’ll be happy you came here to get out and explore.

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