The Kawarthas or Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario is located one to two hours by car (depending where in the region you are travelling) northeast of Toronto, and is considered part of Central Ontario. This is one of Ontario's prime cottage and vacation areas, encompassing the County of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County) and is encircled by Durham region and Haliburton, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties.
The Kawartha Lakes is a region that, as the name suggests, includes many lakes -- in fact hundreds of lakes and rivers, and offers some of Ontario's best sport and recreational fishing. The region attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, mostly during the Spring to Autumn months, who come to cottages and resorts in the area, or to some of the many hotels, motels, inns and excellent campgrounds. There is year round activity, though, including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, golf, festivals, museums, cultural and historic attractions, shopping and more.
Township of North Kawartha
- Peterborough - the region's major business, education, cultural, and health care centre
- Apsley - cottage community & popular seasonal vacation destination
- Kawartha Lakes
The city of Peterborough is reachable by Greyhound intercity bus services from Toronto (8 times a day) and Ottawa (approx. 2X a day). Otherwise, the car is your best, or only, bet to visiting the Kawarthas.
Can-ar Coach travels once a day from Toronto's Union Station to the Town of Haliburton stopping at Lindsay and Fenelon Falls.
Highway 28 forms a central spine through the Kawarthas and attractions such as Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Stoney Lake are easily accessible from the highway.
- Visit the Liftlocks in Peterborough.
- See pre-Columbian Aboriginal rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. This park contains a massive collection of petroglyphs that both amaze and make one wonder. The whole park is quite low key and is run in conjunction with a local first nation. No photos are allowed however the experience is breathtaking. The art work and mindset of the original inhabitants of the landscape is recorded in stone and one cannot help but wonder and understand what lay in the minds of these first peoples. An absolute wonder and possibly the greatest cultural site in Ontario. Hiking trails and some lakes are also in the park as well as plentiful wildlife. A lovely place.
- Stoney Lake is beautiful in summertime.
- Visit Kawartha Settlers Village: a collection of over 20 historic homes and buildings from 1830 – 1935. 85 Dunn Street, Bobcaygeon, Phone: 705-738-6163. Open May-September 10am-4pm daily.
- Kawarthaeh. See what events are coming up for the Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario Canada
If you're thirsty for a pint or wanting to dance a bit, there are several pubs and bars in Peterborough.