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.
Youngs 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 Eagles 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 Barrys Bay where you can find Mary Annes 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.
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