Get to Know the Cultural Side of the Kawarthas #perfectwknds


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With summer starting to wind down. Many families are looking for fun vacation destinations for one last “hurrah” before the kids go back to school. The timing couldn’t be better to discover the Kawarthas, located just east and northeast of Toronto! The region includes the counties of Northumberland and The Kawarthas as well as the city of Peterborough and
the City of Kawartha Lakes. Heading out for a trip that is both fun and educational is a great way to get kids in the learning mood while still giving them a taste of summer excitement. The Kawarthas offers plenty of thrills as well as cultural attractions.



A rich history lesson for the whole family at the Kawarthas


The main natural feature of the Kawarthas is the Trent Severn Waterway. The waterway is made up of many lakes, rivers and channels. In fact, this waterway contains the world’s highest hydraulic locks! The locks are located in Peterborough and Kirkfield. It’s really a gorgeous feat of architecture. The visitor center is a great place to learn about the history of the lock, including its fascinating political background!

The Canadian Canoe Museum in Kawarthas

The Canadian Canoe Museum, also in Peterborough, is a fun place to learn about the rich fur-trader and explorer history of the region.  The museum features the world’s largest collection of canoes and kayaks. It also features beautiful dioramas depicting the earlier days of the region.

The Proctor house in Brighton, Kawarthas

Give kids a glance back into the 1800s at the Proctor House in Brighton. The beautiful mansion once started as a modest Brick Salt Box construction. Over the years, it has grown to its impressive size. It is now a museum featuring artifacts from life during the 1800s. Just don’t share the story about the Ghost of John Nix Jr, who may be haunting the house! Little ones may not be too impressed with that. On the other hand, teenagers may find it especially interesting!


Enjoy live music in an open barn setting in Kawarthas!

Take in a musical number at one of the many theaters located in the Kawarthas. With 7 different theaters and venues, you’re sure to find a show your family loves. The Westben in Campbellford is a really neat experience if you want to enjoy symphonies and other acclaimed performances. The 400-seat barn opens up into a gorgeous meadow.

Other fun things to do in the Kawarthas

While cultural activities are a great way to bring a little education and learning into your vacation, perhaps you’re looking for something a little different. The Kawarthas region has a little bit of everything! From delicious food to exciting adventures, the whole family will find something to enjoy. Take a look at a few of our favorite things to do in the Kawarthas!


The Kawarthas has over one dozen beautiful areas to explore. If hiking is your favorite family pastime, you’ll find plenty of it in the Kawarthas! The Emily Forest Tract sounds fascinating! It offers your family a chance to see some of the unusual glacial moraines that cut through the area.


Is there anything more liberating than feeling the wind through your hair as you head out on a long relaxing bike ride? The Northumberland areas of the Kawarthas in particular offer plenty of opportunities for both novice and expert bikers. Hit the open road with the family and stop for a picnic surrounded by stunning views of nature!


Take the Butter Tart Tour and experience over 30 amazing delectable goodies!

A vacation just isn’t a vacation without sampling some amazing local cuisine! With open-air farmers markets and delectable goodies galore, you’ll never go hungry in the Kawarthas! If you have a sweet tooth and an appreciation for fine pastries, you have to do the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour! Check out over 30 amazing bakeries and get your fill of deliciousness!

With so many exciting things to do in the Kawarthas, getting away from it all for one last fun summer trip has never been more enticing. What would you most like to do on a visit to the region?

Check out all that the Kawarthas have to offer your family and plan your next vacation!


12 thoughts on “Get to Know the Cultural Side of the Kawarthas #perfectwknds”

  1. What a beautiful place. I had NEVER heard of this place and I can’t believe it since it is so beautiful. Definitely marking it down for future reference. Thanks for showing us around!

  2. And here I was just talking to my spouse about whether Toronto itself had enough to do to go on a family vacation. My son would love this day trip!

  3. so funny that I was talking my friends niece who is from Toronto. will have to ask her about this place. Would love to visit, maybe next year but this is one place definitely on the list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love that it has so many venues for music. A great way to sit and relax before heading off to the next vacation adventure. Thank for sharing!

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