There is always lots to see and do in North Kawartha. Below, is an alphabetical listing of various fun, exciting, and informative events. Beyond this page, you will find additional information and listings on the following pages: Festivals and Celebrations, What's Going On and in the North Kawartha Directory.
There are two provincial parks in North Kawartha, Petroglyphs and Kawartha Highlands Signature Site. There is an abundance of Crown land and the area is well suited to cottaging, exploring, boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Over the summer months there are several days of Apsley Auctions, where you can find antiques, collectibles and unique items. Each auction is different depending on what has come in. The auctions are held at the North Kawartha Community Centre. Previews are at 8:30 am, the Auction begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 4 pm.
The Apsley Market is open Saturdays 9 am until 2 pm, from Victoria Day (May 23) to Labour Day (September 05). The Market is located behind Hunter's General Store, at the back of the parking lot. Potential vendors should call Jo-Anne 705-656-1014 or Anna 705-656-3791 or email email@example.com. We Make It, Grow It or Bake It.
Burleigh Falls, Glaciation and the Shield
Burleigh Falls delineates where the Canadian Shield begins, or where the glaciers of the last, mini ice age came to a halt about 15,000 years ago. You'll notice that trees to the south are mainly deciduous and trees to the north are mainly coniferous. To the north is the rock of the Canadian Shield exposed by glaciation. To the south is the debris that was pushed in front of the glaciers, and forms the Oak Ridges Moraine and the area known as the Land Between.
Canadian Canoe Museum
The Museum's collection features canoes and kayaks from across Canada as well as watercraft from around the world. Open 7 days a week. 910 Monaghan Road Peterborough.
Located just North of Apsley on County Road 620 is a great beach with a long, gradual slope into deeper waters which is ideal for children and families. There are washrooms and change rooms, a swim raft and a large picnic area. This beach is maintained by the Township of North Kawartha, is free to the public and a great place to spend those hot summer days.
A trip to Bancroft is not complete without seeing the spectacular cliff that dominates the west end of town, on Hastings Street North (Highway 62). Toward the end of the cliff, look for Eagle's Nest Road. This steep, winding road will take you to the lookout at the top of the Eagle's Nest for a breathtaking, panoramic view of the York River Valley below. The riot of colour in the Fall, from this vantage point, must be experienced.
Fall Colours Tour
The seasonal splendour of North Kawartha is a must see no matter what your mode of transport - motorized or foot powered, two wheels or four, paddle or outboard. The region offers more than ample space to accommodate cyclists and canoeists, cars and ATVs. It also features roads that are considered some of the best motorcycle riding routes in Ontario, if not the entire country. Motorcyclists will particularly want to check out this Fall Colours Motorcycle Tour for a hint of what to expect.
The Gut Conservation Area
South of Glen Alda and about 11 km east of Apsley is a unique, 400 acre, conservation area known as The Gut. A dramatic turn in the Crowe River forces the water over a falls, becoming a rugged gorge where the river has carved its way through thirty meters of Precambrian rock. The fissure that forms the gorge is over 30 meters high and varies from 5 to 10 metes in width. This Conservation Area features walking trails, a parking lot, a look-out area, and a stairway down to the gorge. The gorge presents a breathtaking glimpse of this unique terrain.
Indian River Reptile Zoo
The Indian River Reptile Zoo is the only reptile facility in Canada to be an accredited member of the Canadian Association of Zoological Parks & Aquariums. 16 km east of Peterborough on Highway 7.
Kawartha Highlands Signature Site
Just south of Apsley this massive provincial park spans 24 km long and 15 km wide. The Kawartha Highlands Signature Site is the second-largest provincial park in Ontario, after Algonquin. Kawartha Highlands is a great place for camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting, mountain biking, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Kawartha Nordic Ski Club
Groomed ski trails, including 34 km of classic trails and 13.5 km of skating trails; plus 10 km of wilderness trails are offered by the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club. Other notable features include: a 2.5 km lit trail for night skiing, a snowshoe trail following a 10 km loop through beautiful Canadian Shield terrain and four picturesque trail-side cabins equipped with wood stoves and first-aid equipment. Patrolled on weekends by the Canadian Ski Patrol.Pay-and-Display day passes available at the trails and yearly memberships also available. Trail passes and equipment rentals available at the trail (or self-serve after-hours). Season passes also available.
Lang Pioneer Village
Since 1967, it has been the mission of Lang Pioneer Village to preserve and authentically recreate the history of Peterborough County and strive to provide visitors with an accurate and interactive view of the life of a 19th-century settler in rural Ontario. Costumed interpreters tell the pioneer story as they demonstrate traditional chores, trades and pastimes.
Marvel Rapids Golf Course
Situated on 264 acres of rolling meadows and mature woodlands this beautiful course provides variety and challenge in each of its 9 holes. Eels Creek wends its way through the course en route to Stoney Lake and encompasses a series of rapids cascading over pre-cambrian outcroppings. The creek, its rapids, and bunkers make Marvel Rapids a splendid golfing experience.
Owenbrooke Golf Course
Owenbrooke is a great, easy-to-walk, 9-hole course located about 15 minutes from Apsley on County Road 504.
Paudash Trail Blazers Snowmobile Club
Great snowmobile trails north of Apsley. Visit the Paudash Trailblazers website for more information.
Peterborough Crown Game Preserve
Just south of Apsley, this area includes Jack Lake and is ideal for nature lovers, artists, photographers and cross-country skiers. Click here for the Crown Use Policy.
Petroglyphs Provincial Park
Petroglyphs are 600 to 1100 year old rock carvings that are the feature attraction in this park, which is about 21 km southeast of Apsley, at the end of Northey's Bay Road. "The rocks that teach" are still revered by many as a sacred site.
Quarry Bay Beach
Located southeast of Apsley, at 1986 Northey's Bay Road, 11 km in from Highway 28. This is a small, roped off, swim-only, shallow beach, which is ideal for children and families. There are washrooms and change rooms, and a picnic area. This beach is maintained by the Township of North Kawartha, is free to the public and a great place to spend those hot summer days.
Riverview Park & Zoo
Enjoy a leisurely stroll, ride the train through the park or visit the animals. Riverview Park and Zoo is a unique, recreational facility for people of all ages. 1230 Water Street, Peterborough.
Silent Lake Provincial Park
About 20 km north of Apsley. Silent Lake Provincial Park is largely undeveloped, allows no motor boats and is well suited for canoeing, kayaking, hiking and fishing. Groomed cross-country ski trails and winter camping in Yurts (Mongolian Tents) delight visitors in the winter months.
Stoney Lake Boat Cruises
For many years Stoney Lake Boat Cruises offered scenic cruises on Stoney Lake. However, as of 2016, the cruise has ceased operations and the cruise boat "Kawartha Spirit" has found a new home on the East Coast. More information, including the captain's statement is available by clicking on the link.
Stoney Lake Sno Riders
The Stoney Lake Sno Riders snowmobile club maintains over 225 kms of some of Ontario's most beautiful trails from Stoney Lake in the South, to Apsley in the North. They connect to Paudash Snowmobile Club trails in the north, Havelock Snowmobile Club trails in the East and Old Hastings Snowmobile Club trails in the north east.
Trent Severn Waterway Lift Locks
Burleigh Falls is home to Trent Severn Waterway Lock Station 28.
Lock Station 21 on the Trent Severn Waterway is one of only two hydraulic lift locks on the Waterway and Lock 21 is the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world. Located in Peterborough at 300 Hunter Street East.
The Warsaw Caves Conservation Area has 20 km of trails through a truly unique landscape. There are caves to explore (sturdy footwear and a flashlight are essential), including the ice cave where the ice doesn't even melt in July! 289 Caves Road, Warsaw.
Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Whetung Ojibwa Centre at the Curve Lake Reservation is an exciting introduction to the area's indigenous population.The Centre offers a spectacular collection of Native crafts, as well as Fine Art, Jewelry, Moccasins, Leather Work, Sculptures and much more from Curve Lake First Nation, and from across Canada. New and different items are constantly being added to the collection.
Woodview Golf Course
The course architecture and design used aerial photos, detailed topography maps, GPS coordinates, and fundamental knowledge of golf course design, to establish a beautiful flow, utilizing the natural features of the land. Located in the beautiful North Kawartha's, Woodview Golf's mission is to offer convenient, affordable fun for all levels of golfers.