Explore Peterborough

Plan to spend more than one day in the largest community in the Kawarthas. It has so many sights that you do not want to miss if you rush through.

If you come in via the Trent-Severn Waterway, it’s easy to dock downtown and discover relaxing parks and great eateries within walking distance. Around Little Lake, in the heart of the city, you will find an art gallery in Del Crary Park, a splash pad in Roger’s Cove and a playground at Beavermead Park. 

The 65-foot ride up the world’s highest hydraulic Lift Lock of its kind is an unforgettable adventure. Nearby, you will find the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives with a lookout that gives a breathtaking view of the city.

Millennium Trail takes you along the west side of the lake, right to a boathouse with ice cream and a café with a patio overlooking the water. Further inland, you will find the Canadian Canoe Museum and its fascinating history of boating and First Nations culture. 

Jackson Park offers serenity along its many trails, with the pagoda as a lovely surprise on your walk or ride. This gift to the city from a pioneer philanthropist follows Jackson Creek and leads to the TransCanada Trail.

For a separate exploration, the Rotary Trail goes north to the town of Lakefield. This trip goes along the stunning campus of Trent University and is worth a drive just to see its grounds along the river and the diverse architecture.

When you need to refuel, Peterborough has more than 100 restaurants in its downtown core alone, with every type of cuisine available. With a vibrant café district and some eateries right on the water, you can enjoy a beautiful summer evening watching the sunset or the birds while you dine.


Treats & Eats

  • The Pin 
  • Jack’s Family Restaurant
  • Delectable Fine Foods
  • La Mesita Restaurant
  • The Brickhouse
  • The Night Kitchen
  • Wee Wok Express
  • Jasmine Thai Cuisine
  • The Magic Rolling Pin
  • Madoi
  • Ariyana
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Boston Pizza
  • Ashburnham Ale House
  • One Fine Food
  • La Hacienda Mexican
  • Apollo Grill
  • Dr. J’s BBQ & Brews
  • Berc’s Steakhouse
  • Rare
  • Docker’s Fish & Chips
  • Southside Pizzeria & Co.
  • Firehouse Subs
  • Olde Stone Brewing Company

Things To Do

  • 4 Hutchison House Museum
  • Peterborough Museum & Archives
  • Riverview Park & Zoo
  • Del Crary Park
  • Jackson Park
  • Lock 21 – Peterborough Lift Lock
  • Canadian Canoe Museum
  • Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • Wild Water & Wheels
  • Escape Maze
  • Greenup Ecology Park
  • Zap Attack Laser Tag Inc

Where to Stay

  • Peterborough Inn & Suites
  • Hampton Inn
  • Holiday Inn 
  • Super 8 by Wyndham
  • Comfort Hotel & Suites
  • Best Western Plus
  • Motel 6 Peterborough
  • Quality Inn Peterborough