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.



Communities open the doors to some of Ontario’s most intriguing and charming heritage sites between April and October 2016. Do some planning in advance to be sure you don’t miss any of the free events in the area.

Doors Open Ontario showcases the buildings, natural spaces, infrastructure and cultural centres that shape and define our communities including historical houses to modern architecture.

Pictured below is the log home known as Five Gables, built in the 1870’s on Lake Dalrymple.


The theme for 2016 is focused on our rich medical legacy. Many people do not know that Ontario can boast an amazing number of innovations in medical science, procedures and technology. Each destination has a fascinating story to tell. Featured sites include hospitals, medical schools and laboratories that showcase Ontario’s and Canada’s achievements in medicine. Learn more about ingenious innovators and remarkable discoveries while you uncover the places that made medical history.

Admission is free! And the Ontario Heritage Trust invites you to experience these treasures first-hand.

“Since it began, Doors Open Ontario has allowed millions of people to glimpse into some of our province’s most fascinating cultural sites. Not only does the program boost local economies, but it also raises awareness of and interest in heritage conservation. I encourage Ontarians and visitors to get out and discover the unique story and experience waiting behind every door.”                                                 

Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

For a full list of over 40 Doors Open events, visit the Doors Open Website at http://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca

Be sure to mark off September 11, 2016 on your calendar – the day that will feature Kawartha Lakes!  You can take a drive back in time and experience the lives of the pioneers who settled the northwest corner of the county of Victoria.


You will see how the logging trade supported families through the first quarter of the 20th century. Gain an appreciation of how challenging farming must have been as residents had to clear rocks from the land before they could even think about farming. In fact, the area is known as “The Land Between” as it is the spot where the limestone plains and the Canadian Shield converged.

The link below highlights the locations of the Kawartha Lakes events:

Doors Open Kawartha Lakes

The Doors Open website also has a Photo Gallery.

Remember, September 11th in the Kawartha Lakes!

Contact the Ontario Heritage Trust Telephone: 416-325-5000

Email: doorsopenontario@heritagetrust.on.ca

Website: www.heritagetrust.on.ca




Kawartha Choice FarmFresh was created to help consumers easily identify nutritious, great-tasting local agricultural products grown and produced in the local Kawartha Region.


The Kawartha Choice Farm Fresh members provide residents and visitors with an amazing array of choices when it comes to locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other products.

Members include:

  • 36 Farms
  • 3 ‘Agri-tainment’ venues
  • 9 Restaurants
  • 5 Retailers
  • 6 Farmers’ Markets
  • 3 Food Service Providers

Now you might wonder about the Agri-tainment venues. They include:

  • Heaven’s Gait – trail pony rides daily;
  • Kawartha Country Wines – offering over 45 varieties of wine, complimentary wine tasting and tours;
  • Salem Alpacas – visit the alpacas or shop for clothing, collectables and gifts.

And if you are wondering what types of products you can find, the selection is almost endless!

  • Baked Goods
  • Beef
  • Berries
  • Chicken
  • Duck
  • Eggs
  • Fibre
  • Fruit
  • Goat meat
  • Goat Milk/cheese
  • Grain
  • Herbs
  • Honey
  • Lamb
  • Maple Syrup
  • Plants/Flowers
  • Pork
  • Preserves
  • Pumpkins
  • Sheep Milk/Cheese
  • Specialty Meats
  • Turkey
  • Vegetables
  • Wine
  • Wool and Wool Products

Support your local agricultural community and the farm families who produce the food. This helps to preserve our local farmland, helps the environment by reducing “food miles”, and expands the local food market. And an additional benefit – you will be building relationships with the farmers that grow your food; you will get to experience agriculture up close!

“Our region is filled with unique products and food experiences,” says Jamey Coughlin, Peterborough Economic Development’s Business Development Lead – Agriculture and Rural. “The Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide is a great way to connect consumers with local growers and producers.”

Print your Kawartha Choice FarmFresh Guide which includes a detailed description and map to local food, products, and agri-tainment at:

Kawartha Farm Fresh Guide

And if you have some local turkey sausage, onions, herbs, rice and beans on hand, why not cook up a batch of Red Beans and Rice for supper. Red Beans and Rice Recipe



2 Tbsp (30mL) canola oil, divided

6 oz (170g) smoked turkey sausage, thinly sliced

1 ½ cups (375mL) diced onions

4 medium garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (15oz/ 443mL each) no-salt-added red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1 tsp (5mL) dried thyme leaves

2 dried bay leaves

1Tbsp (15mL) Louisiana hot sauce

¼ tsp (1mL) salt

3 cups (750mL) hot cooked brown rice


In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat 1 Tbsp canola oil over medium-high heat. Sauté sausage 2-3 minutes or until richly browned on edges, stirring frequently. Set aside on separate plate. Reduce heat to medium.

Add onions and cook 4 minutes or until beginning to lightly brown. Stir in garlic and cook 15 seconds, stirring constantly.

Add beans, thyme and bay leaves. Stir in cooked sausages, hot sauce, salt and remaining 1 Tbsp canola oil. Heat until cooked through. Serve over cooked rice.

Find more recipes at http://www.kawarthachoice.com/.


Want to do something different for a night out near Bethany? Maybe shake up your usual going out for dinner routine?


Why not try the Kawartha Downs Grandstand Dining Room? The popular dining spot sells out on most race nights, so plan ahead.

You can watch all of the excitement of Harness Racing while dining on the famous buffet including aged prime rib, mashed potatoes, pasta, seafood, pork, chicken, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, a delicious variety of salads and desserts. And the best part? The price has remained at $29.95 ($12.95 for children 2 to 12 years of age).

Going out with a group? No problem. Groups of 10 or more receive a reduced rate of $28.47. Each adult in the group receives a $2 betting voucher, and a $5 Shorelines Casino voucher. Groups of 6-9 will receive a $5 voucher for Shorelines Casino at Kawartha Downs.

Reserve your seats by calling 705-940-0237.

And for something totally unique, if you are planning a party for a birthday, anniversary, or any other milestone, just call the marketing director at 905-259-3889 to arrange a race named after your group, winner’s circle presentations or group photo.

Please note that the dining room is six levels of tiered seating and there is no elevator available and several sets of stairs to access the dining room. 

A great dining event paired with the excitement of harness racing is the perfect way to spend a summer evening.


In addition to the fact that horse racing is an exciting sport, it is also a dynamic business and a major contributor to the agricultural economy in Ontario. Kawartha Downs features harness or Standardbred racing where the horses are attached to a race bike (called a sulky) and are steered by drivers through a one mile race.

Kawartha Downs is a five-eighths mile track which means the races start on the far side (away from the grandstand) of the racetrack, pass by the grandstand and race once more around the track with the exciting finish right in front of the fans and grandstand.

The horses competing in harness racing have two distinct gaits.


Pacers are the most common. They move with both legs on the same side operating together. The front and hind legs on the right and left side move together.

The majority of pacers wear equipment called hopples which help them maintain their gait.


When a trotter races their opposite legs work together – the front right and left rear come forward at the same time and vice versa.

The Standardbred horse is noted for its versatility and even temperament.

Visit the website at http://www.kawarthadowns.com/ for updates to the August and September calendar.

Kawartha Downs & Speedway 1382 County Rd. #28 Fraserville, Ontario K0L 1V0

Phone: (705) 939-6316 Fax: (705) 939-6276 Email: race@kawarthadowns.com


Located just a short drive from Bethany, the Canadian Canoe Museum is located in Peterborough.

“The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.”


The Museum is engaging, interactive and family-friendly with more than 100 canoes and kayaks on display. The entire collection totals more than 600 artifacts and now includes examples of paddled watercraft from as far away as Paraguay and the Amazon, expanding the museum to include an International collection.

The display includes the great dugouts of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest to the singular bark canoes of the Beothuk of Newfoundland; from the skin-on-frame kayaks of northern peoples from Baffin Island in the east to the Mackenzie River Delta in the northwest to the all-wood and canvas-covered craft manufactured by local Canadian companies.


A Recipe for a Unique Family Outing

Plan your visit to the Museum in the morning, grab a bite to eat at one of Downtown Peterborough’s cafe and then join the Voyageur Canoe Tour at the Peterborough Lift Lock!

Your family will take part in a one-of-a-kind tour, helping to paddle a 36′ Montreal canoe along the Trent-Severn Waterway and through the Peterborough Lift Lock. The experience has been created in partnership with Parks Canada, providing a great experience for people of all ages and abilities.

And the great news! No previous paddling experience is necessary, only a willingness to try new things!

Throughout the tour, you will hear stories about voyageur life and learn about the history of the waterway and how the Peterborough Lift Lock was built. As you travel through the Lift Lock you’ll gain an incredible view of the canal while learning basic paddling strokes. Your family will be working with the group to move the big canoe through the water.

Paddles and lifejackets are provided. You just need to bring a hat, water and sunscreen.

Soapstone Carving  

If you plan on being in Peterborough for July 27th, register your kids now for a Soapstone Carving Workshop. Participants 7 years and older will create a soapstone pendant using only pre-shaped stone and sandpaper, water and oil – a method inspired traditional Inuit with a lot of examples in the Museum’s collection. Register now to be sure your kids have a spot:

Soapstone Carving, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:30 am to 11:30 am

Ages 7+, Cost $13.95 member/$15.50 non-member

For information or registration call 705 748 9153 x 203

For more great photos and lots of information on the Canadian Canoe Museum visit their website at http://www.canoemuseum.ca


Monday to Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday: Noon to 5 p.m.


Adult (18+): $12.00

Senior (65+): $9.50

Student (ages 5-17 or with valid ID): $9.50

Family (up to 2 adults and 4 children ages 5-17): $30.00

Child (under 5): Free

Members: Free

All rates include HST


910 Monaghan Road Peterborough,Ontario K9J 5K4


(705) 748-9153




Even if you miss the actual Grand Opening of the new Cavan Art Gallery and Academy, you can still check out the newest addition to the local art scene.

After five decades in art, Valerie Kent is fulfilling her dream of launching an art gallery and studio. She’s been an artist for 50 years, has a bachelor of fine arts from Concordia University, a masters of fine arts from University of Iowa, and was an art teacher with the Toronto School Board for 21 years. She retired in 2012.

Kent fell in love with the area when she show cased some of her work in Galerie Q: http://www.galerie-q.com/galerie-artists/valerie-kent

“I’d love to see this part of the world become a real art hub, a real place where people congregate to see art and do art.” The new Cavan Art Gallery and Academy is certainly helping to do just that.

The ground floor houses the actual gallery with local and national art works on display. The studio on the second floor is used for teaching art workshops, courses, painting evenings, summer camps for kids and even corporate team building events.

If you have always wanted to uncover your artistic side, this is your opportunity. Classes are designed for all levels from beginners to experienced artists including a variety of mediums from watercolors to acrylics to oils.

Young Artists Creative Art Camp – Summer 2016


If you have a child between the ages of 6 and 13, the Gallery has a new and exciting camp starting the first week of July and running all summer long.

Kids can draw, paint, sculpt, print or work on a collage. They can work in watercolour, pastels, acrylics, pencil crayons, inks… Camp will also include weekly themes, singing, story time, games, face painting and more. Art supplies are included.

There are morning sessions, Monday to Friday from 9:30 to 12:30 or afternoon sessions from 1:30 to 4:30 – all for $150 a week.

For teens 15 and up, the academy offers evening classes geared towards helping the teen develop their portfolio.

They’ll do printmaking, sketching, drawing, painting, and sculpting and prepare portfolios for post-secondary art programs.

Retired Lakefield College School art teacher Linda Warren is leading the teen program.

For more information on the gallery, courses, workshops, corporate team building, camps and even birthday parties, visit the website at http://cavanarts.ca

Address: 1535 Peterborough County Rd 10, Cavan, ON L0A 1C0

 Phone: 705-944-9444

And don’t forget the grand opening on July 1, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.




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