Peterborough is known for being home to some of the best cottage country in Ontario.
With stunning lakes, connected waterways, and only a short distance from the GTA - Peterborough and the Kawarthas should be on your radar if you're looking to purchase a waterfront property!
Peterborough is part of the Trent Severn Waterway, which is a connected water system that runs 386 km and connects Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. Starting from the Eastern boundary of Peterborough County you enter from Bobcaygeon and boat into Pigeon Lake, Buckhorn Lake and into Chemong Lake without going through any locks. Buckhorn Lake has a lock system that goes into Lower Buckhorn Lake, Lovesick Lake, and through to Burleigh Falls, and the sought-after Stony Lake location. From Stony Lake, you can travel South through Clear Lake to Katchewanooka Lake where you will then enter into the Otonabee River. The Otonabee River flows into Rice Lake and the Trent River, where you can exit our County into Campbellford.
You can find unique features throughout these various bodies of water. Chemong Lake, Pigeon Lake, and Buckhorn Lake are well known for their recreational sports and activities - lots of families and cottages with wakeboarders, tubers, and waterskiers typically visible. These lakes are also used for fishing and fishing derbies and are well utilized for ice fishing and pond hockey in the winter months. Rice Lake is known for its great fishing, it’s less recreational and a little quieter if you’re looking for more seclusion. Clear and Stony Lake are really desirable locations in the Peterborough area, and boast magnificent cottages with stunning views, and lots of islands to explore.
Most of the lakes on the Trent Severn also have great boat-up or drive-to restaurants that offer great food and live music in the summer, as well as rental locations for boats, seadoos, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and all of your cottage and water activity needs.
The Trent Severn Waterway isn’t the only way to enjoy the local bodies of water. Peterborough and The Kawarthas offer over 40 lakes to explore and enjoy. That’s right, we said forty! There are a ton of hidden gems all over Peterborough County that you can find. Some are deep and ideal for fishing, some are more for leisure and do have restrictions on boating, some actually don’t allow motors, or they are private to home/cottage owners only. When going to explore these wonderful pockets of Peterborough County, be sure to check the local guidelines. Check here to see the coordinates of local public boat launches.
Peterborough is home to the historic Lock 21, which is actually the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world! Lock 21 is situated off Ashburnham Road in Peterborough, and runs along The Peterborough Canal. The Canal is used for activities such as fishing derbies in the summer and city-maintained skating rinks in the winter! This lock in particular connects Little Lake to the Trent Canal, which then enters the Otonabee River and Katchewanooka Lake in Lakefield.
It won’t matter if you’re a big water sports fan, or more of a “coffee and a walk by the river” kind of person, Peterborough has everything you need to get your fix on the water.
Finding waterfront properties is definitely easier in the warmer seasons. If you decide to start your search in the winter months, we have some tips for you in our blog about buying a cottage in the winter.
When you’re ready to start searching for your perfect waterfront property in Peterborough, schedule a free consultation!
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