The Kawarthas or Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario, Canada, is located one to two hours by car (depending where in the region you are travelling) northeast of Toronto, and is considered part of Central Ontario. This is one of Ontario’s prime cottage and vacation areas, encompassing the County of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County) and is encircled by Durham region and Haliburton, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties.
The Kawarthas is a region that, as the name suggests, includes many lakes — in fact hundreds of lakes and rivers, and offers some of Ontario’s best sport and recreational fishing. The region attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, mostly during the Spring to Autumn months, who come to cottages and resorts in the area, or to some of the many hotels, motels, inns and excellent campgrounds. There is year round activity, though, including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, golf, festivals, museums, cultural and historic attractions, shopping and more.
This region is covered by these articles:
- Peterborough – the region’s major business, education, cultural, and health care centre
- Buckhorn, Lakefield and Stoney Lake – cottage country and lakeside resorts on the Highway 28 corridor in the east
- and in the City of Kawartha Lakes:
The city of Peterborough is reachable by Greyhound intercity bus services from Toronto (8 times a day) and Ottawa (approx. twice a day). Otherwise, the car is your best, or only, bet to visiting the Kawarthas.
Can-ar Coach travels once a day from Toronto’s Union Station to the Town of Haliburton stopping at Lindsay and Fenelon Falls.
Highway 28 forms a central spine through the Kawarthas and attractions such as Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Stoney Lake are easily accessible from the highway.
Outside of Peterborough and Lindsay, there is little in the way of public transportation – a car is close to being a necessity.
- Peterborough Transit operates 12 regular routes seven days a week and express routes September to April to Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College.
- Lindsay Transit operates three routes M-Sa 7AM-7PM in the former Town of Lindsay.