4 Unique Activities to do in Peterborough

Peterborough once made waves for being the first Canadian city to use electric streetlights. Now it’s one of the most recreational towns in all of the country, with Peterborough’s Booming Real Estate becoming a hot commodity for commuters and nature lovers. Located between Toronto and Ottawa, this bustling town is full of scenic views, family fun, and historical attractions. 

Riverview Park and Zoo

The Riverview Park and Zoo began in 1933 and has since attracted over a quarter of a million visitors per year. With strange yet humble beginnings, it started with a donation of two alligators. Eventually, more and more animals were acquired and began garnering quite the popularity with locals and visitors alike. Now more than 150 animals and 45 species call the park their home. Unlike other Zoo’s around the world, Riverview Park and Zoo is free to all and is open year-round from 8:30 am to dusk. 

For just $2 children can ride a vintage miniature train or enjoy the Fabulous children’s playground including a water splash pad for free. The area is open to picnics during the warmer months and is a popular place for tobogganing and cross-country skiing in the winter.

Reconnect with Mother Nature 

While there are an abundant amount of parks in Peterborough, Petroglyphs is likely the one you’d want to experience. Within the Ontario Parks area, there are over 1,000 rock carvings created in the past 500 and 1,000 years and is the largest known concentration of carvings in Canada.

Home to Largest known concentration of Indigenous rock carvings (petroglyphs) in Canada. Turtles, snakes, birds, humans, and more are depicted within this sacred site acknowledged as “The Teaching Rocks.” Sightseers also love the aqua-green meromictic McGinnis Lake, a phenomenal body of water with layers of colour that don’t intermix.

The National Park also includes picnic areas, hiking trails as well as a Visitor Centre. The park does not permit overnight camping of any kind. 

Discover The Rich Heritage Of The Canadian Canoe

The Canadian Canoe Museum brings visitors throughout the journey of the canoe’s timeless importance to Canadian residences. Along with a large selection of over 100 unique canoes, kayaks, and paddled watercrafts, the family-friendly museum also exhibits other forms of art, culture, and Canadian heritage keepsakes. Guests are invited to experience interactive, hands-on exhibits, as well as a model canoe building station and daily puppet theatre for children. 

Try Your Luck At The Kawartha Downs, Speedway and Shorelines Slots

Located just outside of Peterborough, The Kawartha Downs, Speedway and Shorelines Slots always have something exciting going on. Located in the Township of Cavan Monaghan, the area offers horse racing, go-karting, and yearly speedway championships. 

In 2007, the Kawartha Downs and Speedway built the Gravity Cavity, the only paved Soap Box Derby track in all of Canada, which hosts local and regional championships each year. 

Sharing the building with the racetrack, The Slots at Kawartha Downs has over 450 slot machines, a restaurant, and hosts many concerts and events throughout the year.

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