Known as the Gateway to the Kawarthas, Peterborough is uniquely positioned in Ontario, giving residents convenient access to the Kawartha Lakes, as well as the entirety of the Trent-Severn Waterway and more. For those looking for a different way to experience the angler’s paradise that is the Otonabee River and Kawartha Lakes, this blog should be your first stop! To help future and current residents of Peterborough get the most out of their summer, we’ve put together a guide to help navigate the various water-based activities and craft rentals living at Nature’s Edge puts you closer to. Starting with…
Distance to Nature’s Edge: ~19 minutes (17.9km)
Activities: SUP yoga class with paddle lesson on Chemong Lake; trial classes available
For those looking to step up their yoga practice or improve their balance on a Stand-Up Paddleboard, Salti Yoga offers Peterborough residents the opportunity to take a class on Chemong Lake. This is the perfect session for beginners and pros; instructor Suz starts with a brief lesson on paddling before launching into a relaxing yoga practice that complements the lake’s cool waters. Register for this 5-week program or stay tuned to Salti Yoga social to find out when their next pop-up class will be.
Distance to Nature’s Edge: ~32 Minutes (35km)
Activities: lazy river, kayaking, canoeing, tubing, rapids
Looking to spend a warm summer day floating in the water? Future Nature’s Edge residents can take a trip to Kawartha Highlands Signature Park in Buckhorn and explore the lazy river by canoe, kayak or tube. The savvy adventurer may enjoy tumbling over the rapids at the end, while others may prefer to climb the natural landscape in between dips into the refreshing waters. Camp out at nearby Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park or just stay for the day; with a combination of safe and daring ways to explore, this is the perfect place for a summer picnic with the family!
Distance to Nature’s Edge: ~12 Minutes (7.7km)
Activities: kayak rental, SUP rental, canoe rental at Beavermead Park
Do you like to SUP? Kayak? Canoe? Check out LiftLock Paddle Co. for a unique watersport experience through the Peterborough Lift Lock. After you book your craft, the team will meet you at Beavermead Park, the perfect place to anchor their 15’ floating water play mat or launch a 15’ canoe. From there you can paddle through the Lift Lock, hang out by the beach, discover the nearby lazy river and its vibrant wildlife, or get as close to Centennial Fountain in Little Lake as you can to cool off on those hot summer days.
Activities: Jet Ski rental, Pontoon rental, kayak/SUP/canoe rental; delivery included
If you fell in love with a Sea-Doo in the Caribbean or at a cottage, you can rekindle your relationship with Kawartha Adventure Rentals. Whether you want to rent a Sea-Doo, canoe, or pontoon boat, you can have your dream watercraft personally delivered to you. Whether you’re camping out near Rice Lake or exploring Lower Buckhorn, you can request a rental delivery and experience the waters of the Kawarthas at a different pace.
Distance to Nature’s Edge: ~10 minutes (6km)
Activities: Riverboat sightseeing tours
Perfect for date nights, group outings, and even school trips, check out Peterborough Lift Lock and The River Boat Cruises next time you want to tour the Trent-Severn Waterway by wheelchair-accessible riverboat. The cruise takes guests through Little Lake and Peterborough to the Lift Lock where the boat will rise 65’ in the air, offering a unique view of Peterborough County and beyond.
Being able to spend summers so close to water is one of the best parts of living in Peterborough! When you’re looking for a way to cool down in the hot summer months or create memories that last a lifetime, look no further than the many different opportunities to jump in the lake (or river) less than an hour away from home in Peterborough.