Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

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Find a relaxed vibe in Peterborough

Located 2 hours outside of Toronto, Peterborough delights visitors with its small-town feel and relaxed atmosphere. The city is perhaps best known for the size of its retirement community but young people attending Trent University ensure that things are far from dull. Whether you’re interested in exploring the city’s cultural attractions, want to test your mettle on the area’s scenic motorcycling routes, or are tempted by the array of water sports that come courtesy of the lakes in the surrounding Kawarthas, a stay in a Peterborough vacation rental is an ideal way to share quality time with family and friends.

Choose your outdoor thrill in Peterborough

From paddle boating through the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway to feeling the wind on your face as you take on the motorcycle trails in Nephton, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the great outdoors in and around Peterborough. And if all that sounds a little strenuous, a slower pace can be enjoyed by spending the day topping up your tan at the nearby Jones Beach or by heading to the Gamiing Nature Centre on Pigeon Lake, where 30 acres of wetland and almost 5 miles of trails provide the perfect setting for bird watching.

Discover Peterborough’s artistic flair

Performing arts venues and outdoor museums are just some of the many wonderful attractions that highlight the city’s artistic flair. Start your journey at the Showplace Theatre in downtown Peterborough, where you’ll find an enticing blend of homegrown talent and traveling artists on the bill. You can even combine the arts with the outdoors by catching a performance in the unique barnyard setting at Millbrook’s 4th Line Theatre or by exploring the stunning Zimbabwean stone sculptures in the ZimArt’s Rice Lake Gallery, an outdoor sculpture park 20 minutes south of Peterborough. African dancing classes are optional!

Enjoy long summer days in Peterborough

The array of outdoor activities here makes the summer a popular time to visit Peterborough. The hottest days usually occur around mid-July when temperatures above 75 degrees offer the perfect amount of sunshine for canoeing, kayaking, and generally making the most of the area’s abundant supply of water. If you prefer things just a little cooler, both May and September are a good bet and typically mean you can score an attractive rate on Peterborough vacation rentals. Winters are cold and often rainy although the temperature only very rarely falls below freezing.

Explore lush green spaces in and around Peterborough

The numerous lakes are an obvious part of the appeal here, but look a little further and you’ll see that the landscape has more to offer. There are some lovely little parks dotted along the banks of the Otonabee River where you can enjoy a picnic, perhaps most notably Del Crary Park, which has the bonus of being home to Peterborough Marina. Less than an hour's drive north of the city lies Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park, a 235-square-mile space where swimming, fishing, and wilderness canoeing are among the many ways to while away a few hours before heading back to your Peterborough vacation rental.