Peterborough 2010

Being based out of Toronto, I always look for great getaway destinations that are close to the city. One of my favourite areas for weekend escapes is the Peterborough and Kawarthas Region which is barely 90 minutes from Toronto. Peterborough itself has about 75,000 residents, it’s a university town and has a great selection of restaurants, bars and eateries downtown. During four nice summer days in August of 2010 I had a chance to explore so many things that Peterborough has to offer: from a sightseeing cruise past the Peterborough Lift Lock, to biking and kayaking in the city, to very informative visits to the Lang Pioneer Village and the Canadian Canoe Museum. I got to see an awesome free concert as part of the Festival of Lights and a great outdoor theatre experience at the 4th line Theatre, which made for an extremely diverse program. Naturally, culinary experiences that focus on local Ontario produce did not miss either: I enjoyed some awesome meals at the Riverside Grill and Gazebo Bar, and at the Elmhirst’s Resort. B&B owners Cora Whittington from the Golden Pathways B&B and Sheila and Jeff Roberts from the Beacon by the Bay B&B made me feel extremely welcome during this fabulous summer getaway.

After my brief stay in Peterborough over the July long weekend I decided to head back there to explore this travel region in greater detail. I have always liked the Kawartha Region, with its beautiful… Read more.

After the excitement of having passed over the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock, I now wanted to explore another one of Peterborough’s landmark sites: the Canadian Canoe Museum. What originally started as a private collection… Read more.

During my introduction to Peterborough I had already been exposed to many different places and activities that make this mid-size city 90 minutes east of Toronto an attractive getaway destination. I had started my day… Read more.

Day 2 of my Peterborough adventure started with gorgeous sunshine. Cora Whittington, my hostess at the Golden Pathways B&B, and I were talking in the kitchen while she prepared my breakfast: a healthy fruit salad,… Read more.

I had really enjoyed my first-hand introduction to pioneer life at the Lang Pioneer Village this morning and arrived late at my next stop: the Elmhirst’s Resort in Keene, about 25 km southeast of Peterborough… Read more.

After a fabulous long day with a visit to the Lang Pioneer Village, a tour through the Elmhirst’s Resort and a great evening of outdoor theatre at the 4th Line Theatre, my last day in… Read more.

Accompanied by outdoor adventure experts Lloyd Graham and his friend Clare from Pedal and Paddle, I had spent the morning exploring Peterborough by bicycle. Then we had left the city behind and cycled northwards on… Read more.

My last few hours in Peterborough had started and my three and a half day escape in the Kawartha Lakes region was rapidly coming to an end. After a very active day yesterday with lots… Read more.