Area Attractions

There is always lots to see and do in North Kawartha. Below, is an alphabetical listing of various fun, exciting, and informative events. Beyond this page, you will find additional information and listings on the following pages: Community CalendarCommunity Events and Activities Recurring, Community GroupsRecreation ProgramsSpecial Events and in the North Kawartha Directory.

There are two provincial parks in North Kawartha, Petroglyphs and Kawartha Highlands Signature Site. There is an abundance of Crown land and the area is well suited to cottaging, exploring, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Apsley Auctions

Over the summer months there are several days of Apsley Auctions, where you can find antiques, collectibles and unique items. Each auction is different depending on what has come in. The auctions are held at the North Kawartha Community Centre. Previews are at 8:30 am, the Auction begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 4 pm.

Apsley Market

The Apsley Market is open Saturdays 9 am until 2 pm, from Victoria Day to Labour Day. The Market is located behind Hunter's General Store, at the back of the parking lot. Potential vendors should call Anna at 705-656-3791. We Make It, Grow It, or Bake It. 

Apsley Autumn Studio Tour

The Apsley Autumn Studio Tour is renowned for the quality of the artists working in a variety of disciplines. Located in the North Kawarthas, many of the studios are tucked away in beautiful, scenic locations where our local artists and guests present new and exciting works created specifically for this annual event.

From the molten heat of the glass furnaces to the cool, smooth feel of carved stone and all points in between, our self-guided tour is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists in person.

This year's tour includes 11 studio locations presenting 23 artists and artisans whose work encompasses a wide spectrum within the disciplines of painting,  jewellery, glass art, sculpture, fabric art, pottery, assemblage, felting, papier maché, and metalwork.

Immerse yourself in a weekend of interesting and engaging art set against a backdrop of beautiful fall colour. Come for a day or for the weekend; stay in local accommodation and enjoy a leisurely tour of our countryside and a warm welcome at our studios.

The annual tour takes place the third weekend of September; this year's dates are Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2019. 

Burleigh Falls, Glaciation and the Shield

Burleigh Falls delineates where the Canadian Shield begins, or where the glaciers of the last ice age came to a halt about 20,000 years ago. You'll notice that trees to the south are mainly deciduous and trees to the north are mainly coniferous. To the north is the rock of the Canadian Shield exposed by glaciation. To the south is the debris that was pushed in front of the glaciers, and forms the Oak Ridges Moraine and the area known as the Land Between. 

Canadian Canoe Museum

The Museum's collection features canoes and kayaks from across Canada as well as watercraft from around the world. Open 7 days a week. 910 Monaghan Road Peterborough. 

Chandos Beach

Located just North of Apsley on County Road 620 is a great beach with a long, gradual slope into deeper waters which is ideal for children and families. There are washrooms, change rooms, a swim raft, and a large picnic area. This beach is maintained by the Township of North Kawartha, is free to the public and a great place to spend those hot summer days. Additionally, swimming lessons are available. 

Eagle's Nest

A trip to Bancroft is not complete without seeing the spectacular cliff that dominates the west end of town, on Hastings Street North (Highway 62). Toward the end of the cliff, look for Eagle's Nest Road. This steep, winding road will take you to the lookout at the top of the Eagle's Nest for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the York River Valley below. The riot of colour in the Fall, from this vantage point, must be experienced.  

Fall Colours Tour

The seasonal splendour of North Kawartha is a must see no matter what your mode of transport - motorized or foot powered, two wheels or four, paddle or outboard. The region offers more than ample space to accommodate cyclists and canoeists, cars and ATVs. It also features roads that are considered among the best motorcycle touring routes in Ontario, if not the entire country. Motorcyclists will particularly want to check out this Fall Colours Motorcycle Tour for a hint of what to expect. Riders can pick up riding maps at the NKCC year-round, and a wealth of information about riding in the area known as The Highlands, can be found by clicking here.     

The Gut Conservation Area

South of Glen Alda and about 11 km east of Apsley is a unique, 400 acre, conservation area known as The Gut. A dramatic turn in the Crowe River forces the water over a falls, becoming a rugged gorge where the river has carved its way through thirty meters of Precambrian rock. The fissure that forms the gorge is over 30 meters high and varies from 5 to 10 metes in width. This Conservation Area features walking trails, a parking lot, a look-out area, and a stairway down to the gorge. The gorge presents a breathtaking glimpse of this unique terrain. 

Indian River Reptile Zoo

The Indian River Reptile Zoo is the only reptile facility in Canada to be an accredited member of the Canadian Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums. 16 km east of Peterborough on Highway 7.

Kawartha Highlands Signature Site

Just south of Apsley this massive provincial park spans 24 km long and 15 km wide. The Kawartha Highlands Signature Site is the largest provincial park in Southern Ontario. Kawartha Highlands is a great place for camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting, mountain biking, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors. 

Kawartha Hiking Club

The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is an association of 9 member clubs, stewarding a 500 km trail, stretching from Port Hope (Lake Ontario) at the southern terminus, to Devil’s Glen (just south of the Blue Mountains) at the western terminus. The trail winds through rolling farmlands and woods, follows quiet country roads, and small towns and villages. These trails are used for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The hikes range from easy to moderate, and everyone (including families, novice hikers, nature lovers, and those curious about hiking) is invited to come along. The Kawartha Section of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail runs from Omemee to Moore Falls in Haliburton. In 2018 The Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is celebrating its 50th Anniversary.   

Kawartha Nordic Ski Club

Groomed ski trails, including 34 km of classic trails and 13.5 km of skating trails; plus 10 km of wilderness trails are offered by the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club. Other notable features include: a 2.5 km lit trail for night skiing, a snowshoe trail following a 10 km loop through beautiful Canadian Shield terrain and four picturesque trail-side cabins equipped with wood stoves and first-aid equipment. Patrolled on weekends by the Canadian Ski Patrol.  Pay-and-Display day passes available at the trails and yearly memberships also available. Trail passes and equipment rentals available at the trail (or self-serve after-hours). Season passes also available.

The Lakefield Literary Festival

Each July, on a weekend close to Margaret Laurence's birthday (July 18, 1926), Lakefield celebrates its rich literary heritage and showcases many current Canadian authors. The festival was created to celebrate the work of Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie and Margaret Laurence, among others, all of whom lived and wrote in Lakefield. The next festival will be held July 12-14, 2019.

Lang Pioneer Village

Since 1967, it has been the mission of Lang Pioneer Village to preserve and authentically recreate the history of Peterborough County and strive to provide visitors with an accurate and interactive view of the life of a 19th-century settler in rural Ontario. Costumed interpreters tell the pioneer story as they demonstrate traditional chores, trades and pastimes.

Marvel Rapids Golf Course

Situated on 264 acres of rolling meadows and mature woodlands this beautiful course provides variety and challenge in each of its 9 holes. Eels Creek wends its way through the course en route to Stoney Lake and encompasses a series of rapids cascading over pre-cambrian outcroppings. The creek, its rapids, and bunkers make Marvel Rapids a splendid golfing experience.

Owenbrooke Golf Course

Owenbrooke is a great, easy-to-walk, 9-hole course located about 15 minutes from Apsley on County Road 504.  

Paudash Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club

Great snowmobile trails north of Apsley. Visit the Paudash Trailblazers website for more information.  

Peterborough Crown Game Preserve

Just south of Apsley, this area includes Jack Lake and is ideal for nature lovers, artists, photographers and cross-country skiers. Click here for the Crown Use Policy.

Petroglyphs Provincial Park

Petroglyphs are 600 to 1100 year old rock carvings that are the feature attraction in this park, which is about 21 km southeast of Apsley, at the end of Northey's Bay Road. "The rocks that teach" are still revered by many as a sacred site.

Quarry Bay Beach

Located southeast of Apsley, at 1986 Northey's Bay Road, 11 km in from Highway 28. This is a small, roped off, swim-only, shallow beach, which is ideal for children and families. There are washrooms, change rooms, and a picnic area. This beach is maintained by the Township of North Kawartha, is free to the public and a great place to spend those hot summer days. Additionally, swimming lessons are available.

Riverview Park & Zoo

Enjoy a leisurely stroll, ride the train through the park or visit the animals. Riverview Park and Zoo is a unique, recreational facility for people of all ages. 1230 Water Street, Peterborough. 

Silent Lake Provincial Park

About 20 km north of Apsley, Silent Lake Provincial Park is largely undeveloped, allows no motor boats or electric motors, and is well suited for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The park features over 19 kms of hiking and mountain biking trails, two sandy beaches, campsites, cabins and a beautiful lookout point over Silent Lake. More than 40 kms of groomed, cross-country ski trails, and winter camping delight visitors in the winter months.

Stoney Lake Cruises

Stoney Lake Cruises operates the largest cruise ship in the Kawarthas, "The Spirit of The Kawarthas". Stoney Lake itself offers more than 1000 islands, and beautiful sites. From Ronnie Hawkins Estate to the famous glass house, Stoney Lake is full of history.  Some of the services offered include: sightseeing tours with live commentary, lunch and dinner cruises, wine tastings, pirate cruises, weddings and private charters for any occasion.  

Stoney Lake Sno Riders

The Stoney Lake Sno Riders snowmobile club maintains over 225 kms of some of Ontario's most beautiful trails from Stoney Lake in the South, to Apsley in the North. They connect to Paudash Snowmobile Club trails in the north, Havelock Snowmobile Club trails in the East and Old Hastings Snowmobile Club trails in the north east.  

Trent Severn Waterway 

The Trent Severn Waterway is a National Historic Site. Comprised of a series of inter-connected lakes, rivers and canals, it stretches almost 400 kms, connecting Lake Ontario with Lake Huron. Burleigh Falls is home to Trent Severn Waterway Lock Station 28.    

Lock Station 21 on the Trent Severn Waterway is one of two hydraulic lift locks on the Waterway and Lock 21 is the highest hydraulic lift lock  in the world. Located in Peterborough at 353 Hunter Street East.

Warsaw Caves

The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area has 20 km of trails through a truly unique landscape. There are caves to explore (sturdy footwear and a flashlight are essential), including the ice cave where the ice doesn't even melt in July! 289 Caves Road, Warsaw. 

Whetung Ojibwa Centre

Whetung Ojibwa Centre at the Curve Lake Reservation is an exciting introduction to the area's indigenous population.  The Centre offers a spectacular collection of Native crafts, as well as Fine Art, Jewelry, Moccasins, Leather Work, Sculptures and much more from Curve Lake First Nation, and from across Canada.  New and different items are constantly being added to the collection.

Woodview Golf Course

The course architecture and design used aerial photos, detailed topography maps, GPS coordinates, and fundamental knowledge of golf course design, to establish a beautiful flow, utilizing the natural features of the land. Located in the beautiful North Kawartha's, Woodview Golf's mission is to offer convenient, affordable fun for all levels of golfers. 


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