The Kawartha Lakes region features lakes galore and today your journey will take you around Balsam Lake, stopping in Rosedale at Lock 35, before continuing on Highway 35 toward Peterborough.
At the junction of Highways 35 and 8, take a short side trip into Fenelon Falls then rejoin Highway 35 via 121. Lock 34 at Fenelon Falls is surrounded by flower gardens courtesy of the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society. Stop in Lindsay, where lock 33 is located next to Old Mill Park with access from the main navigation channel to Lake Scugog. The Olde Goal Museum and Heritage Centre (open for tours Tuesday-Saturday) dates back to 1863 and was designated a heritage building in 2000.
The area between the Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton Highlands is a hot spot for holiday cottages along the Trent Severn Waterway. Although traditional beachfront cottages are being steadily replaced with elaborate permanent homes, the area (dubbed cottage country) is still popular with urban dwellers looking for a summer escape.
End today’s adventure in Peterborough. Known as “The Electric City, Peterborough was the first home of Canadian General Electric back in 1892. Here, the first electric car was produced in 1899. It also has a claim to fame as the first Canadian city to have electric streetlights. Peterborough is blessed with great parks and is also a fitting home to the Canadian Canoe Museum, showcasing the history of the canoe in Canada.
Where to Camp:
Shady Acres (Serviced) or at Emily Provincial Park (non-serviced).
Port Severn and Orillia are connecting points to the Fur Trade Route
and the Prospector Route.