|[PETERBOROUGH, ON] Peterborough & the Kawarthas is stunning in the fall. Miles and miles of winding country roads canopied by vibrant red, orange and yellow leaves. Roadside farm stands featuring freshly harvested foods and numerous fall festivals and events that suit every taste and age. We have taken the liberty of revealing 10 reasons to fall in love with this destination, and you don’t have to look much further than Twitter to find many more by following the hashtag #FallForPtbo.
- Do you Believe in Ghosts? Embark upon a guided journey of Peterborough’s spellbinding past with Trent Valley Archives. Meet some of Peterborough’s famous and infamous residents – telling tales from their graveside on October’s Fact or Fiction Ghost Walks through downtown Peterborough and the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant.
- Drench Yourself in Colour: If “leaf peeping” is your thing, hit the road – the county road that is. Views are splendid along the Scenic River Road, winding from Trent University to the Village of Lakefield, following the natural twists and turns of the Otonabee River. County Road 2 from Bailieboro to Hastings offers a terrific blend of colour, rolling farmland and spectacular views of Rice Lake. Check out the fall colours on the Robert Johnston Eco Forest Trail offering a great shady area to hike through with a gorgeous canopy of turning leaves and the crunch of fallen leaves beneath your feet.
- Have you Tasted the Harvest? The harvest season is upon us and Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers a feast for the senses. Road trip along our winding country roads and stop at area farm stands. Follow County Road 23 with a stop at McLean’s Berry Farm that will be hosting their annual Pumpkin Festival on October weekends. Shop for fresh produce and local goods at the farmers’ markets. Savour a meal at a local restaurant where the food was offered up from the earth at a farm just minutes away.
- Draw in a Breath of Fresh Air: Drawing inspiration from the beautiful landscapes and streetscapes in Peterborough County is as easy as drawing in a breath of fresh air here. Explore studios of all of the renowned and hidden artists that call Peterborough home.
- Fall Back in Time: Fall back in time at Lang Pioneer Village, as they host great events for foodies and families. Tempt your taste buds at the Pioneer Corn Roast. Hop on board for a free horse-drawn wagon ride through the historic village as pioneers demonstrate their trades and daily activities. Lang also hosts Applefest, their sweetest event of the year! A colourful fall celebration of apples and the harvest season. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides and lots of family fun, a petting zoo, live music and more!
- Quest for the Best Pumpkin: People love Peterborough. And with love comes affectionate pet names – Ptbo, The Electric City and the Peterpatch. We’re not really sure where the last originated from, but it has a nice ring to it. And on an October weekend, you may think it has something to do with a trip to the pumpkin patch. Visit roadside stands and farmers’ markets to find that perfect pumpkin to carve or bake into a pie. Visit the Keene Pumpkin Festival and take in the car show, great live entertainment and more.
- Coasting on Air: Pedalling in Peterborough is a cyclist’s dream – why? It has to do with the fresh air, the colourful scenery, the joy of being a part of the breeze, coasting ever so slightly above the ground. It is about discovering hidden cafes in turn-of-the-century farm towns and uncovering the secret beautiful sites and sounds along the way.
- Manomin, A Local Culinary Delight: Manomin, commonly know as “wild rice” is an annual plant that grows in the Kawarthas. James Whetung’s Black Duck Wild Rice is harvested each fall using traditional methods passed down from his elders. He has been taught how to take care of wild rice. This local culinary delight makes its way onto tables and farm stands throughout the region. It is celebrated for its history, value and rhythms, and savoured for its unique taste and texture.
- Nothing to Wine About: Kawartha Country Wines is an award-winning fruit winery located in Buckhorn. With complimentary tours and tastings you can taste the harvest with great wines like Pumpkin Social – using local pumpkins, and other great wines including Buckhorn Berry Patch. The wine store also features great locally sourced culinary delights and unique giftware for yourself or your foodie friends.
- A Little City with your Country: Trying to decide between a great urban escape filled with theatre and a great selection of local dining opportunities, and a country escape filled with driving tours, beautiful scenery and quaint country towns? When you visit Peterborough & the Kawarthas you can have the best of both worlds. By day, enjoy great fall hikes and drives and pedalling through rolling country hills. Stop and explore tiny towns, bursting with character. By night bring it back downtown and choose a restaurant based on whatever you’re favourite cuisine is – there are so many greats to choose from. Take in a live band or visit downtown pubs and theatres, often attracting names familiar to Toronto concert goers.
For more great reasons to visit Peterborough & the Kawarthas visit www.thekawarthas.ca or download our interactive fall brochure http://bit.ly/PhEAMv