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Peterborough | Ontario

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Peterborough Lift Lock

Trent-Severn Waterway Lock 21

The hydraulic lift lock at Lock 21 on the Trent-Severn Waterway was designated as a Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1987.

It was for many decades, the largest hydraulic lift lock in the world, raising and lowering boats 65 ft. between the upper and lower canals. The lift lock was designed by Richard Birdsall Rogers, and its construction was completed in 1904. It was deemed a National Historic Site in 1979.

You can take a pleasure boat or canoe through the locks, moor overnight on the upper canal (two-night maximum stay), or simply take in the architectural mastery from the green space surrounding the canal. In the winter, join the many locals who skate on the lower canal.

Photos: thekawarthas.ca, americanaunivers03newy, Wikimedia Commons

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St Veronus Café and Tap Room

A true beer lover’s experience

This Belgian-style café has been a local favourite since its doors opened nineteen years ago. Come for the extensive beer list offering an impressive array of Belgian beers in a variety of regional styles all served in brewer-specific glassware.

The beer menu is rivalled by the rich cuisine in generous portions. It is a dining experience aided by a staff that can pair your meal and beer.

Located in a historic bank building, the ambience is uniquely defined by the turn-of-the-century hand-laid tile flooring, the walls of interior windows separating the dining area from the bar, and most notably, the large bank vault turned beer fridge.

Photo: Leonora (Ellie) Enking from East Preston UK, Wikimedia Commons

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Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour

Late September

This annual event organized by the Peterborough Art Gallery has been a staple of the local arts community for more than 35 years.

The event invites the public into the studios of more than 30 participating artists living and working in the Peterborough area. This is a unique chance for art lovers to get an intimate glimpse into the artistic process involved in a myriad of mediums from sculpture, oil painting, ceramic, glasswork, printmaking, photography, and more.

The tour is self-driven and admission is free. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and talk with the diverse artists working at a high calibre in the Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

The tour takes place in late September when the changing leaves make the drive from studio to the studio a sight of natural beauty as well. Check the AGP website for specific dates.

Photo: agp.on.ca

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Warsaw Caves Conservation Area

The most unique attraction comes courtesy of the caves, formed thousands of years ago during the last ice age, these limestone caves house an underground river and many access points for climbing through the subterranean caverns, an activity also known as “spelunking.”

Located twenty-five minutes Northeast of Peterborough, this family-friendly campground is a great spot to spend a few nights, or simply go for a day of hiking, cycling, fishing, swimming, canoeing or kayaking.

Photos: XeresNelro, David Whelan, Wikimedia Commons

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Two Dishes Cookshop

This well-known little gem offers a smash-and-grab approach to global cuisine, often combining cultures into magical mash-ups; Korean fried chicken and waffles, anyone?

Open for breakfast and lunch, almost everything is made in-house, most notably the bread, which is served in thick griddle-seared slices. The portions are large enough that breakfast is likely to have you skipping lunch. They are licensed and offer a small, but well-curated selection of imported and local beers, ciders and wine.

If you’re just looking for a treat, they’ve got you covered with the best sweets in town. Their handmade donuts are the perfect example of the creative concepts, and fun, irreverent approach to cooking that landed Two Dishes Cookshop on the Food Network’s popular program, “You Gotta Eat Here!”

Take a peek at their Instagram for a preview of the donuts; they speak for themselves.

Photo: instagram.com/twodishes

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The Peterborough Petes

The Petes, Peterborough’s beloved OHL hockey club, are a source of great pride for the city.

They hold many OHL and CHL records and have been an infamous source of talent for the NHL. The team has produced more NHL players than any other junior club in the world, and the calibre of its alumni is staggering. Former players include Steve Yzerman, Chris Pronger, Bob Gainey, Mike Ricci, Eric and Jordan Staal, and more than 150 other NHL players.

Even “The Great One”, Wayne Gretzky, got his OHA start with the Petes as a fifteen-year-old, donning the maroon and white for three games.

Former coaches include Scotty Bowman, Mike Keenan, and Roger Neilson.

The team plays in The Memorial Centre, which also houses Pete’s shop and a Peterborough Sport’s Hall of Fame.

Photo: facebook.com/PetesOHLhockey

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Hootenanny on Hunter St.

August

This all-day music festival takes over a block of downtown Peterborough, transforming the street into a venue for the area’s many talented musical acts, as well as a few well-curated imports.

Past performers include: Sloan, Bloodshot Bill, Melissa Payne, The Weber Brothers, USS, The Sadies, The Dears, Hollerado, and many more.

While taking in the all-day performances, attendees will find local food and wares on offer in vendors’ tents that line Peterborough’s popular Hunter St. café district.

The Hootenanny takes place in August, is in its tenth year, and remains free to the public.

Photo: facebook.com/hootenannyPtbo

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Home Town of Author Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies was one of Canada’s most distinguished authors, the winner of the 1972 Governor General’s award, and an Honourary Doctor of Letters from the University of Oxford.

For nearly two decades (1942-1959), Davies called Peterborough home. As the editor-in-chief of the Peterborough Examiner and a founding member of CHEX-TV, Davies had an immeasurable impact on journalism in the city.

While living in the city he also produced 18 literary works, among them his famous The Salterton Trilogy.

Davies left Peterborough in 1959 when he was appointed the first Master of the University of Toronto’s Massey College.

Take a tour of Robertson Davies’ Peterborough

Don’t miss Marchbanks, Davies’s first home. Marchbanks was built in 1850 for the Honourable George Boulton, a financier, land speculator, and member of provincial parliament. Robertson Davies purchases the house in 1951.

Photo: historicplaces.ca

 

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Canadian Canoe Museum

The Canadian Canoe Museum is a unique national heritage centre that explores the canoe’s enduring significance to the peoples of Canada, through an exceptional collection of canoes, kayaks and paddled watercraft.

Photo: P199, Wikimedia Commons

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Home Town of Surgeon Abraham Groves

Dr. Abraham Groves was well known as a medical innovator and surgeon. He was known for his pioneered work in the uses of sterilization and antiseptics.

Groves was born in 1847 in an Irish family at Peterborough. When Groves was 5 years old, the family moved to a farm in Garafraxa Township.

In 1871, after graduating from the Toronto School of Medicine, Groves practised in Fergus for 60 years.

 

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