Kawartha Northumberland combines two great areas into one.
The name “Kawartha” comes from the area’s First Nation Peoples, in whose language it means “land of shining waters.” The moment you see the sun dancing off the gentle ripples of the water, you’ll see for yourself.
Located just 90 minutes northeast of Toronto, the City of Kawartha Lakes and its many charming communities are nestled amongst beautiful lakes, winding rivers, scenic farmland and pristine wilderness. With over 250 lakes and rivers throughout vast stretches of panoramic beauty, the Kawartha Lakes offer visitors a wealth of leisure activities year round.
Visit six Trent-Severn lock stations from Bobcaygeon to Bolsover by boat or road and tour local attractions along the way. Take in the fresh air as you hike, cycle or ski an extensive 800 km network of trails including the 85 km Victoria Rail Trail.
Enjoy theatre and music at the historic Academy Theatre for Performing Arts or discover our rich history touring museums and historic sites. Pamper yourself at an exquisite inn or resort, or get back to nature and stay at a quaint. Spend leisurely days in historic towns browsing quaint boutiques or finding hidden treasure in antique shops. Explore our charming communities year round and celebrate local culture at agricultural fairs, seasonal festivals and art studio tours.
Regardless of how long you stay, there’s plenty to see and do in our natural four seasons outdoor playground. Escape to the great outdoors in the Kawartha Lakes Region of Central Ontario! The more you experience what Kawartha Lakes has to offer, the longer you’ll want to stay… and the sooner you’ll be back!
Northumberland County is your four-season tourism destination that offers Unique Experiences, all just an hour east of Toronto. Whether you’re looking to spend time on the trails, browse boutiques and specialty shops, feast on culinary delights, or catch up on some R&R, Northumberland County is the place for you.
Quaint small towns and villages are just a short drive from one another and from the larger urban sites of Cobourg and Port Hope in Northumberland County. Located on the Highway of Heroes (Hwy 401) and surrounded by lakes and rivers, Kawartha Northumberland is easy to reach by car, bus, rail and boat. Boaters can choose from many access points along Lake Ontario, while VIA Rail runs parallel to the shoreline.
Escape to a world of 19th-century architecture, intriguing museums, country churches and early settlements. Take part in a fascinating array of heritage events or explore our timeless charm on a self-guided heritage walking tour. Just south of Rice Lake, experience an important part of Canadian heritage — the proud Ojibway culture at Alderville First Nation reserve.
Get out and play. Discover a place where you can stretch your legs and expand your horizons. You’ll be amazed by our incredible hiking trails and cycling routes. There’s so much to do. Try birding, camping, swimming, golfing or geocaching. Head to the Ganaraska Forest to touch the treetops in a zipline experience like no other.
Northumberland is one of Ontario’s finest fishing destinations. When it comes to Ontario beaches with silky soft sand, Northumberland has some of the very best. Winter is also a wonderful time to get outside. Try ice fishing on Rice Lake (Golden Beach Resort can help you with that!), or cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing or snowmobiling around its shores.
Be stirred by something truly unique. In Northumberland, creativity flourishes and you’ll find delightful places to take a front row seat, view works of art, or purchase a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Whether experiencing live music or live theatre in a timberframe barn, lovingly restored playhouse, or heritage firehall, or touring art galleries, studios or boutiques, our arts and entertainment scene will be sure to impress.
Vibrant performances, unlimited hospitality and beautiful rolling hills – come to Northumberland County for your next Unique Experience!