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Top 5 Places to Visit as a Family in and Around Peterborough

There’s something for everyone in Peterborough! Life in the city and surrounding area is full of opportunities for adventure, with many things to see and do as a family. From zoos, to cruises, historical wonders and more, you can look forward to making many fun family memories just minutes from your new home at Nature’s Edge. Check out our top 5 family outing recommendations for you and your family to discover in and around Peterborough!





Riverview Park and Zoo

Located only 12 minutes from Nature’s Edge, Riverview Park and Zoo is the perfect place for families of all sizes. With more than 150 animals and over 40 species, you can look forward to an outstanding, accessible recreational and educational facility in a beautiful park setting. Complete with an engaging playground, expansive splashpad, family picnic area, and charming gardens, the Riverview Park and Zoo is the perfect place to foster your love of nature and wildlife. While you are at the zoo don’t forget to hop on the miniature train for a trip across the Otonabee River and through the enchanted forest!


Lift Lock Cruise

Discover the heart of the Kawarthas with a fun trip through the Trent-Severn Waterway with Lift Lock Cruises and their boat, the Island Princess! From May to October every year, Peterborough residents and visitors alike can take a 2- or 3-hour trip around Peterborough and the Kawarthas, taking in the beautiful scenery, colours and more. The Island Princess takes passengers through Peterborough’s own historic Lift Lock 21, one of only two hydraulic lift locks on the Waterway, and a must-see for any Peterborough resident.


Petrogylphs/Teaching Rocks

Less than an hour from Nature’s Edge is Petroglyphs Provincial Park, an expansive historical-class provincial park just north of beautiful Stony Lake. The Park is best known for hosting the largest collection of ancient First Nations rock carvings (petroglyphs) in all of Ontario and McGinnis Lake, one of only a handful of meromictic lakes in Canada! Visit the Teaching Rocks to get a glimpse of this land’s rich Ojibwe history.


Sandy Lake Beach

Drive the scenic route to Sandy Lake Beach and in less than a half hour from Nature’s Edge, residents can swim in the glorious waters of Sandy Lake. Families of all sizes can enjoy an afternoon spent splashing in the warm water, catching minnows, or simply kicking back and taking in the water. Set up a comfortable blanket and have a picnic by the water—you’re sure to make lovely memories that will last a lifetime.


Indian River Reptile Zoo and Dinosaur Park

Just 30 minutes from Nature’s Edge is the incomparable Indian River Zoo and Dinosaur Park, known for being Canada’s largest reptile non-for-profit sanctuary. Dinosaur enthusiasts will love the Dinosaur Drive-Thru, where you can safely see Earth’s oldest creatures from the comfort of your car. Or maybe your family would prefer a round of mini-golf or to get to know some of the 400 reptiles and 100 crocodilians on the grounds. Either way, you’re sure to have a memorable time! Reptiles, ancient art, comforting waters, and scenic beaches are just the tip of the iceberg! Residents at Nature’s Edge can enjoy convenient access to Jackson Park, known for its charming wildlife and vibrant pathways, as well as the fabulous museums, shops, and experiences found in Downtown Peterborough every day. At the edge of nature and city, there’s always something to do. Register today to create your own adventure headquarters at Peterborough’s premier new home community.


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