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Day Trip 1- North to Algonquin Provincial Park Circle Tour

Driving time: full day leisurely drive, including a few stops and possibly into the night for some attractions (wolf calling).

Directions: From downtown Peterborough, take Hwy. 29 (Water Street, Peterborough) North. As an alternate route, from Water Street travelling north, cross the Otonabee River at either Parkhill Road then turn left onto Armour Road and follow or, turn Right at the lights at Trent University, then take the River Road, a scenic drive along the Otonabee River to Lakefield (17 km).

Lakefield – a village on Lake Katchewanooka with beautiful Century homes, Churches, antique and art shops, and Lakefield College School. Pick up a picnic lunch or treats at In a Nutshell. Savour some yummy local ice cream at Hamblins' Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour, featuring Kawartha Dairy ice cream.

Young’s Point – a walking bridge over the Otonabee River that you can jump off for a swim. Also a favourite haunt of anglers looking to catch the big one. Rent a canoe or kayak from Youngs Point Outfitters at the General Store (also has LCBO and Beer Store). The Old Bridge Inn serves lunch on the patio (seasonal). Visit the Lockside Trading Company for quality cottage style home decor, souvenirs and outdoor wear.

Burleigh Falls – stop to view a beautiful series of chutes and rapids and watch kayakers hone their whitewater skills or try kayaking for yourself.

Apsley – Wellington Street Images Gift and Garden store has an enormous selection of Christmas decorations year round. At a roadside cafe (Sandman Express) on the highway just before the turnoff into town you will find fabulous chips and picnic tables at which to enjoy them. (or if Sushi is your taste, you can also order it here - go figure?)

Silent Lake Provincial Park – a great swimming beach bordered by large smooth outcrops of the Canadian shield; perfect for a dip on a hot summer day or as a spot to spread out your picnic lunch. The kids will love the floating dock or you can rent a canoe, paddle a series of small pristine lakes (no portages) or take a hike around the lake (no motors allowed). $12 day pass.

After visiting Silent Lake, on the highway 3 kilometres before Bancroft, the Kawartha Dairy Store beckons. Fresh milk and dairy products, cones and shakes. Enjoy a round of mini golf at Dimples right beside the store.

Bancroft – rockhounding paradise, several shops with rocks, visit an old mine (MacDonald Mine), and take the road to the lookout at Eagle’s Nest. Headwaters area makes it attractive for reclusive and artistic lifestyle. The chinese restaurant perched on top of a rock has a Won Ton soup to die for. This could be your last Tim Hortons until Bobcaygeon.
• Decide to stay overnight. Contact Pippa and Daniel at Earth Connections @ 613-332-0835. A B&B with just one guest room, a sauna and a beaverpond for swimming.

Side trip from Bancroft for spectacular views of fall colours – the best! Take Hwy 500 to McArthurs Mills, Hardwood Lake and Palmer Rapids. Continue to Combermere and take Hwy 62 to Barry’s Bay where you can find Mary Anne’s Polish Deli. West on Hwy 60 to Algonquin Provincial Park.

Maynooth – take Hwy 62 to Maynooth and turn left at the light onto Hwy 127.

Whitney – turn left onto Hwy 60 to Whitney. Check out the gift shop. Continue to the East gate to Algonquin Park. The staff at the gate have maps and information on the park. Just inside the East gate is the Pioneer Logging Museum, well worth a visit for a historical perspective on how Algonquin Park developed.

Algonquin Park – moose, deer, bear and wolf country. Watch for wildlife and birds, enjoy the serenity. There are several pull-offs and scenic look outs. At dusk, dawn or at night, slow down and use caution as this is the time large animals are on the move. Stop and take a paddle or a walk on a trail. Be prepared. Take water, a map and emergency gear like matches, first aid kit. Picnic spots, campgrounds and trails as well as lodges are in the park (lodges are best reserved well in advance). Although you can drive through the park for free if you want to use the picnic areas or trails you will have to pay an admission fee.
• West Gate – ask about a wolf howling tour or other naturalist-led event. Ragged Falls is just outside the gate, on right side of the highway and there is easy access to view this spectacular drop on the Oxtongue River.

Dwight – take Hwy 35 South to Dorset where there is a fire tower that you can climb for a great scenic view of the forest and highlands. Closed during the winter months for safety reasons.

Minden – gateway to Haliburton Highlands. Kawartha Dairys' most popular outlet for cones, shakes and sundaes is on the left side of Hwy 35 (south of 121 to Haliburton, before the traffic light to downtown). South of Minden turn left to Kinmount on Hwy 121.

Kinmount – Old movies museum, and the old railway station. And the best fish and chip stand! South of Kinmount turn left to Bobcaygeon on Hwy 649.

Bobcaygeon – Village with great shops including the famous Bigleys shoe store, and a Tim Hortons. This is the home of the Kawartha Dairy. Kawartha Dairy's processing plant includes a retail store featuring rich and creamy ice cream, fresh milk, cream and other dairy products. At the stop sign (with the Olco station on your left) turn right onto Main Street. At the flashing light turn right onto Duke Street and follow the signs. From village centre backtrack to Hwy 36 and continue on to Buckhorn.

Buckhorn – Home of a leaping stag sculpture and the gigantic boulder, historically famous for ‘shoving boulder contests’. Go South on Hwy 23.

Curve Lake – turn left off Hwy 23 to Curve Lake and Whetung Ojibway Art Gallery and Crafts and native foods tea house. At the stop sign just past the gallery, turn left and go 500 yards to a beach and fabulous lake view.

Return to Peterborough down Hwy 23, to Hwy 29 which becomes George Street, Peterborough.



Day Trip 2 -- North to Petroglyphs Park

From Peterborough take Hwy 29 to Lakefield and continue on Hwy 28 through Young’s Point and Burleigh Falls to Woodview. Turn right and continue to the sign for Petroglyphs Provincial Park. The Petroglyphs display is seasonally open. A glass building over the carvings in the rocks, a lovely hiking trail through a beaver pond, through the woods, past a couple of lakes to a cliff where you can jump and swim. Good picnic areas and lake views in the park.

Return to Young’s Point for a patio lunch, watch the boats through the lock, peruse Lockside Trading Co. store and the General Store where you can rent a canoe or kayak from Young’s Point Outfitters and go out on Clear or Lovesick Lake.

Or at Burleigh Falls, take Highway 36 to Buckhorn, go into the village for lunch and continue through the country to Lakehurst, Gannon’s Narrows, Ennismore and the causeway to Bridgenorth. Bridgenorth has several interesting shops such as Garden Style, a great butcher, and a boat and sea-doo rental fishing store. Go to Lakefield on Hwy 18 for ice cream at Hamblin’s, art and antique shopping and down the Scenic River Road to Peterborough.



Day Trip 3 – South to Presqu’isle Provincial Park

This trip is a leisurely drive on paved country roads with rural vistas and possible sightings of deer and wild turkeys as well as a large number of other birds at Presqu’isle. Bring your birdbook, binoculars, bathing suits, walking shoes and a picnic. (Its worth the diversion to take the Scenic River Road to Lakefield to pick up a picnic at In a Nuttshell, then south on no. 28/134 to no.2, turning left at the blinking traffic light in Keene.)

From Peterborough go East on Lansdowne Street. It becomes Hwy no. 7. Turn right at the light Hiawatha Line, Rd. no. 30 (Burnham Mansion is on the left side of that intersection). You will be ‘in the country’ instantly, passing through the village of Assumption and farm country. At the stop sign at Rd. no. 2 turn left. Travelling East on no. 2 you will have many reasons to stop: Hiawatha First Nation on Rice Lake with the Rail Station Restaurant, the site of a sabotaged railway crossing Rice Lake, Keene Tea Room, Lang Century Village, Birdsall Beach Landing on Rice Lake, Serpent Mounds Park on Rice Lake, and Hastings.

As you enter Hastings watch for right turn to get over the bridge. Turn right, down the hill, over the bridge. At the end of the bridge on the right is a canal side café with good fresh pies. As you leave Hastings turn left and proceed onto Rd. no. 25, up the hill, the beginning of the meandering drive through the Hills of Northumberland.

Arriving in Warkworth turn left at the stop sign to explore the heritage and cultural treasures downtown. Return to the same corner and turn left to continue your drive. At Morganston, turn left at the intersection onto Rd. no. 27 and continue to the stop sign at Hwy 30. Turn right.

You will cross Hwy 401 and enter Brighton. At the light at Hwy 2 turn right. There is a wonderful antique store immediately on your left, cafes, grocery store, and a beer store in a couple of blocks. Turn left at the intersection signed Presqu’isle Provincial Park and continue about 2km to the park entrance.

Presqu’isle Park is a bird sanctuary with water birds, forest birds and migrating birds in season. It has a campground, a lighthouse, a gift shop, a very beautiful long sandy beach, a rocky beach, and paths and walkways through the marsh, the forest and the dunes and pans behind the beaches. There are a lot of deer in the park and other wildlife. The park is great for walking, swimming, roller blading, cycling, and bird watching. Choose your spot for a picnic, enjoy the serenity, and stretch your legs.

Watch the sunset and head back as the daylight dwindles. Take Hwy 401 West from Brighton to the second exit for Cobourg, no. 18 North through Camborne and Cold Springs. At the 4 way stop turn left on County Rd. 9. Watch for a tiny right turn into Bewdley (or proceed to the traffic light at Hwy 28 and turn right, and right again into Bewdley). A visit to the Rhino bar for wings and a view of Rice Lake as night falls is a great ending to the day.

Continue North on Hwy 28 to Hwy 115 (Ottawa). Exit onto The Parkway, continue to its end at a ‘T’ junction and turn right onto Clonsilla. Continue to downtown, turn right at Aylmer Street, and right again after one block onto King Street. You will be at King Bethune House.


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