Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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!


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.


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.

Natural features

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.

Can I find a vacation rental around Peterborough?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 69 vacation rentals near Peterborough. From 32 Cottages to 32 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Peterborough for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Peterborough?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Peterborough. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Kawartha Golf and Country Club: 153 vacation rentals
  • Trent University: 233 vacation rentals
  • Peterborough Lift Lock: 183 vacation rentals
  • Peterborough Golf & Country Club: 210 vacation rentals
  • Cathedral of Saint Peter-In-Chains: 186 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Peterborough listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Peterborough?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 32 Cottages in Peterborough. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Peterborough include:

  • Cabins: 32 rentals available
  • Houses: 34 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 32 rentals available

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Peterborough?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 9 vacation rentals with pool available in Peterborough. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.