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The Best Things to Do in Peterborough

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Things to do in Peterborough

Riverview Park and Zoo , Peterborough
Take the whole family out for a stroll through Riverview Park and Zoo. The zoo features over 48 species in a large park area packed with acti
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Peterborough Lift Lock , Peterborough
Marvel at the wonders of physics and early 20th century technology when visiting Peterborough Lift Lock. This particular lock is the highest
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The Canadian Canoe Museum , Peterborough
The Canadian Canoe Museum, a museum dedicated to this unique watercraft, exhibits the cultural significance canoes hold among the Canadian pe
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Duration: 90 to 120 minutes
New tour for 2022!Hook your smartphone up to your vehicle's stereo and listen to a tour guide while you drive!Follow the suggested route from the audio guide along Highways 400 & 11, and discover central Ontario in a fun & unique way! Start anywhere along the route between Toronto & Huntsville. The tour experience is the same in either direction.Learn about the area's logging history and the early explorer Samuel de Champlain. Discover the beauty of Algonquin Park & Muskoka. Hear about the Mnjikaning Fish Weirs, Oro African Church, William Osler and other sights at your own pace. With no time constraints, enjoy the freedom to stop anywhere and take your time exploring. Tour guide commentary will play automatically as you drive, using an easy to navigate live GPS map. No data is used during the tour.This audio guide will keep your group entertained & engaged along the way. Each point of interest also has a fun multiple-choice trivia question about the sights.
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Indian River Reptile Zoo , Peterborough


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Peterborough shot to fame as the gateway to the Kawartha Lakes, a huge draw for local and international visitors since the early 20th century. The first Canadian town to implement electric street lighting, this "Electric City" remains the center of technology in Ontario, which houses numerous multinational high-tech corporations. For tourists on holiday in Peterborough, the city offers romantic boat cruises on the Otonabee River, guided walk along a network of scenic paths, and numerous indoor and outdoor music events. A short drive out of the city you can also find conservation areas and provincial parks, ideal for swimming, camping, and spelunking enthusiasts. Take stress off the schedule by using our Canada online route planner.

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Places to visit with Peterborough

TorontoTrip planner Best for: Observation Deck, Aquarium, Specialty Museum Niagara FallsTrip planner Best for: Waterfall, Theme Park, Geologic Formation OttawaTrip planner Best for: Government Building, Water Body, Specialty Museum Algonquin Provincial ParkTrip planner Best for: Hiking Trail, Specialty Museum, Landmark Niagara-on-the-LakeTrip planner Best for: Winery / Vineyard, Wine Tour / Tasting, Theater

Where to stay in Peterborough

Peterborough tourism relies heavily on the surrounding nature, so most of its accommodations sit outside the city center itself. Your best bet is to look for one of the mid-range inns lining either bank of the Otonabee River, where you'll have easy access to the city's pleasant parks. If you want something with a bit more character, look for private vacation rentals offering river views.
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