My family loves to get away for a few days or more, and we want to do it as often as we can! While we definitely have our favourite spots to visit, we also love to discover new places that we haven’t visited before. When you have a large family it can be a bit of a challenge to find that perfect spot that will have something for everyone to enjoy.


The Kawarthas is the perfect place for my family because it has so many fun things to do! There is definitely something here for each of us. The Kawarthas Northumberland includes the counties of Northumberland and the Kawarthas, the city of Peterborough and the city of Kawartha Lakes. The region is located just east and northeast of Toronto with car access along east highway 401 and north up highways 35 and 115. The biggest geographic feature are the many lakes, rivers and canals that makeup the Trent Severn Waterway (including the world’s highest hydraulic locks in Peterborough and Kirkfield). The region has a history in the fur trade, logging and mining and it’s ports play an important role in the shipping industry.

If you ever bore of watching the locks in the area (I can’t imagine you would…I love to see them), you will have a variety of other outdoor activities to keep you busy. Popular activities include boating, fishing, hunting, hiking, cycling, golfing, bird watching, horseback riding and water sports. It’s a hub of activity!IMG_6285

One of the really unique activities I noticed in Kawarthas Northumberland is the Butter Tart Tour. Did you know that they don’t have butter tarts in the US? I just recently learned this and I was shocked! I feel really badly for them, and I hope that my US friends can make it to the Kawarthas to take part in the Butter Tart Tour. There are over thirty bakeries in the area who make and sell butter tarts, and you can try them all! Now I love a butter tart so I would be thrilled to take this tour. If food is your thing, you will want to visit for more than the butter tarts. Farmer’s Markets, restaurants and beer and wine are all waiting for you there.

off-roadCycling isn’t something we do as an entire family very often, since my youngest son isn’t riding a two wheeler yet, but bike riding is a fun family activity and my kids bigger kids really enjoy getting out for a ride. I appreciate the trails and safety of cycling in the Kawarthas. It’s a great way to explore the area and discover treasures too!

WhetungAfter some great food and exercise you will want to find some quiet and relaxation. The area’s many galleries are the perfect option. As a former sculptor, I have a keen interest in art and I could spend hours looking at other people’s work. The masks shown to the left are particularly interesting and I would love to see them in real life. Live theatre is another popular attraction in the Kawarthas.

pioneer village

A great family activity in the Kawarthas is the Lang Pioneer Village Museum. It’s a great way for everyone in the family to learn about history and to experience it all first hand.

Nestled along the banks of the historic Indian River, Lang Pioneer Village Museum features over twenty-five restored and furnished buildings constructed between 1825 and 1899. Many of the buildings were donated by townships within the County of Peterborough and moved to their present site when the Museum was founded.

On previous visits my family has simply enjoyed watching the ships pass through the locks while getting some fishing in, but I definitely plan to broaden our horizons on a future visit and check out some of the rich heritage the Kawarthas has to offer.



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Sheri McDonald is a family lifestyle blogger who has been sharing her parenting and travel adventures online for the past eight years. You can find her discovering the world with her children when she's not at home enjoying a good book.


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