Did you know Canada.. just east and northeast of Toronto ON off Highways 401, 35/115 and 7 you'll find the Kawarthas. A region that has a rich history in fur trade, logging, mining, and the early settling of Upper Canada; the Kawarthas is now a travel destination that can't be missed!
Let's take a look at all there is to do in the Kawarthas:
A great stop for any Canadian, you can visit the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough - it has the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks. Displaying amazing dioramas depicting life among the early fur traders and voyageurs in Upper Canada. What a great place to show your children part of Canada's history, and they will have some info to share when they get back to school this fall. There's also the Hutchinson House in Peterborough offering an interactive glimpse of life in Ontario in the 1800s, Victoria hall in Cobourg, Proctor House in Brighton, the Boyd Heritage Museum in Bobcaygeon and Lang Pioneer Village in Keene!
Known for outstanding summer theatre and concerts, you have many options for an evening out, including the 4th Line Theatre in Millbrook, the Peterbough Music Festival at Little Lake Park and the Capitol Theatre in Port Hope just to name a few! The Capital Theatre is actually one of the few remaining "Atmospheric" theatres in Canada (with a ceiling that is intended to give the illusion of an open sky as its defining feature - beautiful!).
From crisp green beans, to delicious wild blueberries, the Kawarthas has much to offer. At any number of the available Farmers Markets you won't just find fresh fruit and veg, but also sausages, local beef, lamb and emu. As well as artisan-made goat cheese, fresh bread (even gluten-free!), jam preserves, and more delish treats than you can imagine. Don't just think Saturday's either, There's the Brighton Farmers Market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, The Campbellford Farmers Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Lakefield Farmers Market on Thursdays - lots of options for shopping all week!
Here's something that can't possibly be missed... you might remember me mentioning butter tarts is one of the few truly Canadian recipes is the butter tart, WELL, Kawarthas has a Butter Tart Tour! With more than 30 bakeries scattered throughout the region to visit!
There is so many ways to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Kawarthas, why not try your hand at boating, fishing or hunting. Or you can hike, cycle, ATV, horseback ride, golf, take a motorcycle tour or try any number of water sports!
I think my first stop would be the butter tarts, then to Hutchinson House, a show at the Capitol Theatre and a visit to a Farmers Market or two! Are you visiting the Kawarthas this summer?