Five Summer Activities Not to Miss in the Kawarthas

Summertime and the living is easy! That’s what life is all about in our favourite months of the year — experiencing the great outdoors and making memories in the beautiful weather. Some of the best memories are made while at the cottage doing activities that we love. Cottage life at the Kawarthas offers many activities that will suit all ages, and since it’s close to nearby cities such as Peterborough and Lindsay, there are also many attractions and events to experience.

If you’re heading to the Kawarthas this summer or considering it as a cottage destination, here’s a list five summer activities that you won’t want to miss.

1. Boating

Did you know that Canada’s longest chain of locks and canals connects the Kawartha lakes and rivers to the Great Lakes and beyond? Situated at the heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway, there are few cottage areas that offer the superior boating experience you can find in the Kawarthas. There are dozens of pristine lakes to explore offering new scenery at every turn and endless opportunities to break out the water skis or tube and enjoy an afternoon of water sports. With plenty of boat dock, launch and slip options available at a Parkbridge cottage resort areas, your boating will only be limited by your imagination.

2. Fishing

Thanks to the fantastic and expansive lakes, the Kawarthas is synonymous with fishing. In particular, the Tri-Lakes (Chemong, Pigeon and Buckhorn) are famous for largemouth and smallmouth bass, as well as muskie population. Each of these lakes provide a playground of structure for anglers to fish and it’s one of the reasons why so many of our Kawartha park model home owners have success finding a ‘catch of the day’.  If you not out on the boat you can easily find a spot to fish on a docks, rocky points and drop offs. In these waters, early spring walleye and crappie fishing can also be fruitful, as is late fall muskie hunting. For mid-summer bass, try the back bays or shaded docks. Not sure where to start? Stop into one of the many local bait and tackle shops for some tips.

3. Golfing

Whether you’re a scratch golfer or an occasional duffer, you will love every minute on any of the many courses in the Kawartha area. Even if you head into nearby Peterborough, you’re a long way from city stress. Even the PGA has taken note of the golfing in this region, hosting pro-am events at Stoney Lake’s Wildfire Golf Club in the past. You never know — the Kawartha’s less crowded courses and beautiful scenery just might even improve your game!

4. Events and Festivals

Cottage life in the Kawarthas is also a time to enjoy events and festivals. If music is your thing, you can take in the vibrant music scene with live music at the 4th Line Theatre & Westben Arts Festival Theatre. Take a night away from the campfire and head to a free outdoor concert all summer long at the Peterborough Musicfest, or spend a day at the Lakefield or Havelock Jamboree. If theatre is more your thing, spend an evening at the Lakeview Arts Barn (LAB) just outside Bobcaygeon in a rustic building steeped in local history. The LAB is a live theatre venue with comfortable seating in a black-box style theatre with a bar and dining area.

5. Attractions

With so many communities surrounding Kawarthas, there is an abundance of attractions to suit all ages and interests. Learn about First Nations heritage at the Curve Lake Cultural Centre or view Canada’s largest collection of aboriginal rock carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Voyage through the world’s largest collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft at The Canadian Canoe Museum. Step back 200 years in time at Lang Pioneer Village Museum or find out why Trip Advisor ranks the Horseless Carriage Museum as one of the top attractions in the Kawarthas. Stop in at the Riverview Park and Zoo,  Canada’s only free-admission CAZA/AZAC Accredited Zoo, with 27 exhibits and over 48 species on it’s 55.5 acre property.

Be Close the Action at a Parkbridge Cottage Resort

These are just a few of the activities in the Kawartha area. It truly is one of the best spots to be a cottager — close to everything, surrounded by beautiful lakes and friendly people. If you’re searching for the perfect cottage, come enjoy a private tour of a Parkbridge park model home at one of our cottage resort communities in the Kawarthas. You’ll be surprised at just how affordable cottage life can be.