Christmas Craft Shows

It’s that time of year when the fall fairs are winding down but the Christmas Craft Shows are coming up. And anything to make Christmas shopping easier is a welcome event.

Mark your calendar for:

  • November 5th and 6th in Lindsay
  • November 12th in Lindsay
  • November 27th in Peterborough
  • December 4th in Lindsay

November 5th and 6th 2016

New this year, the Christmas Craft Show in is now part of the Kawartha Lakes Home Show. Admission is free. You will find a variety of unique gifts from vendors as well as dozens of participants, offering everything from gifts for your pets, home renovations, great food, and photographers for that perfect Christmas family portrait. The event will be held at the Exhibition Building in the Lindsay Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact:

Tracey Richardson 705-324-8600 ext.222 trichardson@mykawartha.com


November 12th 2016

At the ‘Crazy Christmas Craft and Vendor Show’ there will be a number of different artisans and crafters offering unique items for sale, as well as some direct sales representatives to help with your shopping. An added feature – the day’s event includes a Food and Warm Clothing Drive for those in need during the Christmas season. Simply bring your non-perishable food items and gently used winter clothing to the show. As a special treat, Santa plans on making a surprise visit!

Join the festivities to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 67 at 12 York St. North in Lindsay from 10 am to 4 pm.



November 27th 2016

Don’t miss Cottage Country’s Peterborough Christmas Craft Show including over 90 vendors. The event will be held at the Peterborough Wellness Centre at 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough. Kids are free and adult admission is $2 with proceeds going to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Program.



December 4th 2016 

If you could not make it to Peterborough you still have time to plan for Cottage Country’s Christmas Craft Show in Lindsay. Over 100 Vendors are getting ready to help you fill those Christmas stockings and choose a special gift or two. Of course you can also buy some homemade treats and put them in the freezer until you host your own Christmas party. Once again the modest admission fee of $2 per adult will help to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Programs.


Happy shopping!




Many of the pick your own farms are winding down with the fall weather and – gasp – the threat of frost. But pumpkins, squash and gourds are in abundant supply!

Why not visit Stellmar Farm in Little Britain and see what makes this farm unique in the area. They have award winning giant pumpkins and giant squash. You can even have your own tour of the GIANT pumpkin patch and learn a secret or two about growing giant pumpkins. In fact, I could not believe what is involved in growing giant pumpkins! Here is a list the elements that have to be considered if you are thinking of growing your own:

  • You need the right seeds such as Atlantic Giant Seeds
  • An area in the garden that will get FULL sun
  • You must test the soil to ensure you have the right PH level
  • Prepare the soil with the correct compost, peat moss and manure
  • Apply the proper fertilizer
  • Understand the intricacies of seed germination and transplanting
  • Consider wind protection
  • Trim the runners on the plants
  • Control the weeds
  • Water properly
  • Pollinate the fruit in early July
  • Prevent stem stress
  • Reduce the stress on the plants from excessive heat
  • Control insects and mildew

…On second thought, I think I’ll leave the growing to the experts at Stellmar Farms!


And remember, don’t leave all the decorating until Christmas time. The Farm has a wide variety of decorative corn, gourds (some of them hand painted), squash, straw bales, and corn stalks. You will also find a beautiful assortment of dried and silk flower arrangements made from flowers grown right on the farm.

You can also enjoy the mulled cider warming on the woodstove. There is plenty of parking including wheelchair accessibility.

Open from September 17 – October 30, 2016.  WEEKENDS ONLY  10 am until 5 pm.  Open Thanksgiving Monday.

136 Sand Bar Rd., Little Britain, Ontario

Email: info@stellmarfarm.com


Pumpkin Festival


The McLean Family invite everyone to visit the Pumpkin Festival at the Buckhorn Berry Farm location. The festival runs the last weekends of October, starting Thanksgiving weekend (but they are closed on Thanksgiving Monday).

There is lots for the whole family to do including:

  • Daily Entertainment
  • Barnyard Animals  Mazes (a straw bale maze and 2 corn mazes, and one of them is haunted!) An obstacle Course & Play area with a huge sand pile
  • Pumpkin Bowling
  • Bouncy Castle
  • Junior Spook Barn for the younger kids
  • Haunted Forest Bonesville Cemetery Pumpkin Patch Wagon Rides
  • And witness the Pumpkin Cannon!


And while you are there, you can also pick your own pumpkins and have a snack from the food truck.

Address: 3055 Berrie Rd, Lakefield, ON K0L 2H0

Phone: (705) 657-8888

Email: info@buckhornberryfarm.com


The Grand Daddy Fair of all time – the Bobcaygeon Fair!

The origin of fall fairs in Ontario goes back to the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair in Kawartha Lakes. It has truly earned the reputation of being the Grand Daddy of all fairs as it celebrates 157 years of tradition. You will not want to miss it September 29th to October 1st.

What can you expect to see at the Fair? Plenty!

  • Horse shows including a miniature horse show
  • Tractor and Truck Pull
  • Demolition Derby


  • Pony rides
  • A parade
  • Talent Show
  • Horse Pull


  • Dog Show, Sheep Show and a Goat Show
  • What fair would be complete without a Midway?
  • A talent show! You can register for children 5 and under, Juniors 6 to 12 years and Youth from 13 to 21 years old. But no lip syncing allowed!
  • Lots of music including the James Barker Band on Saturday night – and this is an all ages event!



An Interesting History

Bobcaygeon was incorporated as a village in 1876, and became known as the “Hub of the Kawarthas”. There is some mystery to where the name originated from however. History records 4 versions for the origin of the name:

It may be from the Mississauga Ojibway words

  • Baabaagwaajiwanaangmeaning “at the very shallow currents”,
  • giishkaabikojiwanaang meaning “at the cliffed cascades”,
  • obaabikojiwanaang” meaning at the currented rocky narrows”,

Or from the French beau bocage “beautiful hedged farmland”.

There are lots of other celebrations in Bobcaygeon including:

Unlock the summer event. The first lock in the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in Bobcaygeon in 1833. During the last weekend in May or first weekend in June, Bobcaygeon hosts the “Unlock The Summer” Event, as a kick off for summer, and the first opening of the locks of the season.

Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition. Bobcaygeon also hosts the annual Ontario Open Fiddle & Step dance Competition during the last weekend of July – an event that has been going on since 1970. The annual Bobcaygeon Fall Fair takes place during the last weekend of September. The first was held in 1858.

But with the end of summer upon us, the focus is on the Bobcaygeon Fall Fair.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the “Daddy of ’em All” and appreciate the many samplings of Entertainment and Agricultural displays we have assembled.

Bobcaygeon Fall Fair President, Pieter VanOudenaren


The RCMP Musical Ride

If you have never seen the Musical Ride of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police make sure you have tickets for the event to take place at Peterborough’s Morrow Park on September 7th


The Musical Ride is a formal event showcasing the equestrian skills performed by 32 cavalry who are regular members of the RCMP. You will witness an amazing performance, consisting of intricate figures and drills – all choreographed to music. These movements demand the utmost control, timing and coordination…a spectacular accomplishment for the riders let alone the 32 horses.

The event is held in Canada and worldwide to promote the RCMP. The first official ride was held in 1887 in Regina, District of Assiniboia. Members of the North-West Mounted Police were able to display their riding ability and entertain the local community. It has evolved over the decades into a uniquely Canadian performance enjoyed by tens of thousands of spectators every year.

It is now performed in up to 50 communities across Canada between the months of May and October.

The special event helps to raise thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. The show in Peterborough will benefit the PARD Therapeutic Riding program – not only as a fundraising opportunity – but also as a way to raise awareness about PARD. Horses are the core of PARD’s program, providing the physical, emotional and psychological benefits of therapeutic riding to individuals regardless of age, ability, or financial means. 

“The show is something every Canadian should see in their lifetime,” says PARD president Angie Muir. “For me, the RCMP Musical Ride is a symbol of patriotic pride and this is a rare opportunity to see them.  The tour brings them to Ontario every four years, and it’s been almost 30 years since they were in Peterborough. I think it is a tremendous honour to welcome them to our beautiful city again.”

Members of the Musical Ride are first and foremost police officers. They all have at least two years’ experience in active police work before volunteering for duty with the Musical Ride. Surprisingly, most have no prior riding experience. The riders act as ambassadors of goodwill, promoting the RCMP’s image, heritage and traditions throughout Canada and all over the world.

Queen Elizabeth II takes a keen and highly knowledgeable interest in horses. As the Honorary Commissioner of the RCMP she has been presented with four horses as gifts from the Force.


In addition to the show on Sept. 7, area residents will have an opportunity to see the RCMP horses up close while they are housed in Peterborough for six days in the fairground barns. Ryan Moore, President of the Peterborough Agricultural Society, is excited to extend a warm welcome to everyone to visit the barns and see the horses.


Get your tickets today!

PARD Therapeutic Riding

Email: info@pard.ca

Phone: (705) 742-6441

Website: Click Here!



What better way to enjoy the great September weather we’re experiencing than on this beautiful semi-private facility complete with 18 manicured holes.  The par 72 facility is situated near the shorelines of Lake Scugog.


It features:

  • 4 sets of bent grass tees ranging in length from 5029 to 6716 yards.
  • a gently rolling fairway.
  • impeccably groomed bent grass greens.
  • tightly fashioned holes cut through the natural beauty of the Kawarthas.
  • a practice facility, putting green and a fully stocked golf shop with a complete range of clubs, demo clubs, fitting carts, clothing and accessories.

Want to relax after your game? There are a variety of choices including “Duffer’s Den”, the “McGill Lounge”, and the outdoor patio overlooking the golf course.


The course Marshals and scheduled tee times help to keep everyone moving at an enjoyable pace of play.

Need a few lessons? No problem. The CPGA professionals on staff offer both lessons and clinics to ensure you enjoy your “Wolf” experience.

Planning a special event? The Clubhouse offers an enjoyable setting for Banquets, Weddings and Tournaments.


Check out the Wolf Run Golf Club website for more information on the course, rates, memberships, facilities and events. Wolf Run Website

Book your Tee Times Online!

Wolf Run Tee Times

Contact the staff or visit the course and facilities:

Wolf Run Golf Club,  51 Golf Course Rd., RR #1, Janetville, ON, L0B 1K0

Proshop: 705-328-3949 ext. 22

Toll Free: 1-888-321-WOLF (9653)

Course Email: info@wolfrungolfcourse.com



The Curve Lake Indian Reserve is part of the beautiful Kawarthas region.

The Reserve has a very rich history from generations of the Whetung family.  Over the years, the Whetungs have conducted steamboat cruises on the lakes around their peninsula, traded in furs, guided fishermen, catered banquets and operated a grocery store, postal station and taxi service. The Whetung Ojibwa Center evolved from a fishing lodge opened in the early 1900’s.

When unemployment was very high on the Reserve in the early 1960s, the Whetungs encouraged their fellow band members to produce crafts. Eleanor Whetung, her five children, and women from the reserve and their children were the core of the cottage industry in the Whetung living room that gradually extended to hundreds of band members.


They made canoes, pipes, birch bark and sweet-grass baskets, feather headdresses, dolls and moccasins. With the assistance of a loan, the first craft shop was built and opened in 1966 in the same location where Clifford Whetung’s great-grandfather had his grocery store, only a stone’s throw from the small, wooden cottage where Clifford was born. Business flourished and three years later an old barn was renovated to handle the expansion of craft production and storage.


Today the main building displays handcrafts from all parts of Canada, as well as those still produced within the community. The area downstairs offers a selection of arctic parkas, Cowichan sweaters, leather garments, souvenir apparel, gloves and various bead accessories. Adjacent to that is the museum. It features the Whetungs’ private collection, the work of artists and craftspeople from the Curve Lake Reserve and outstanding native craft work from across Canada.

Two special events to plan on attending:  

Sept 17 & 18, 2016 – Curve Lake Pow Wow

The Pow Wow is a two-day celebration of song, dance, stories and food! Pow Wow time is the Native American people’s way of coming together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

The Curve Lake Pow Wow is just down the road from Whetung Gallery. It is an annual event that draws visitors from across North America. Don’t miss this one!

Oct 8 & 9, 2016– Thanksgiving Art Show 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Bring the whole family to meet the artists and see them in action at this interesting event suitable for the whole family. Plan a day trip and enjoy the beautiful fall colours on your way to the Whetung Gallery.

The Centre is open every day and admission is free. If you are travelling from Peterborough, take Water Street North to Buckhorn Road to Curve Lake Road.

Travelling by boat?  From Buckhorn Lake, dock on Coppaway Point, only a few minutes’ walk from the Gallery.

Phone 9am -5pm, EST  705-657-3661

Whetung Website

Email: info@whetung.com




If you are a boater you will be hard pressed to find any area as good as the Kawartha’s. The reasons are simple: dozens of lakes, beautiful scenery, marinas and outfitter stores, restaurants – and the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway – Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals, connecting the lakes and rivers to the Great Lake system.

The variety of water activities is almost endless. If you want some physical activity you can try watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, wakeboarding, or water skiing followed by a leisurely tube ride. Or catch your supper fishing. Others simply cruise in their boats or enjoy sightseeing from a pontoon boat.

Or, you can rent a houseboat! 


You can fish along the way for Bass, Muskie and Pickerel. If you want to cook your fish, you can pair it with local fruits and vegetables from the variety of farmer’s markets. Or if you prefer, you can try the ‘catch of the day’ at one of the many dining options on the shores.

If you want to try house boating but don’t know where to start, no problem. You can choose from one of the House boating Itineraries:

  • 3 – 5 Day Journey, a one day trip from Pigeon Lake to Hastings.
  • 1 – 2 days from Hastings to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Burleigh Falls to Peterborough
  • Day Trip from Bobcaygeon to Burleigh Falls

The following map shows the route from Bobcaygeon to Hastings.


You can start your research by downloading the 2016 Peterborough and The Kawarthas Experience Directory. Over 40 pages of information on:

  • Places to stay
  • Attractions
  • Outdoor recreation
  • Shopping
  • Retreats

And if that were not enough, there is a special section on “Building Your Bucket List.” The information helps you choose all of the activities you have always wanted to do but have not gotten around to yet! You can choose from detailed itineraries…

  • If you are culture and history buff,
  • If you love to be entertained,
  • If you’re a foodie who also enjoys craft wines, beers and spirits,
  • Or if you love the great outdoors.

To get all of the details and more ideas visit http://thekawarthas.ca/build-bucket-list-peterborough-kawarthas/.

Request more information by calling 1-800-461-6424or email info@thekawarthas.ca.