If you’re a student in Peterborough, you’re spoiled for choice for things to do this summer. From adventure sports and stunning nature to great food and cultural activities, there’s something for you, whatever your interests.
Paddle on a Lake or River
There are a huge number of options to go out on the water in Peterborough. For instance, the Kawartha Lakes have 10 signature routes with varying difficulty levels. There’s also Eels Creek, which is known for being a great canoe spot — heading one hour upstream will bring you to High Falls, an impressive waterfall just outside the park. Finally, you could go to Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent–Severn Canal. It’s the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world, raising boats almost 20 metres.
Peterborough has a couple living history museums. The first is Kawartha Settlers’ Village, where you can experience how life was for the pioneers. It features more than 20 historic homes and buildings along with artifacts from the 19th to early 20th century. To really bring history alive, it’s worth taking an audio tour. A second option is Lang Pioneer Village Museum, which has more than 30 restored buildings, many from townships in the area. As you tour the place, you’ll see interpreters acting out what it was like to live as a settler in the 1800s.
Go to the Zoo
Riverview Park and Zoo has a wide array of animals from all over the world, ranging from squirrel monkeys and servals to dwarf crocodiles and capybaras. The zoo is committed to conservation efforts, with a strong emphasis on animal welfare.
Meet Some Turtles
For more animals, head to the Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre. The centre protects native turtles and their habitats through field work, research, and rehabilitation of injured turtles. If you want to get involved this summer, volunteer to be a turtle taxi driver or turtle carer. You can also learn more by attending one of the education programs.
Learn About the Honeybees
At Hunnabees, you can take a beekeeping or farm tour to learn all about honey production — from pollination to extraction. The farm uses responsible beekeeping practices and permaculture for maximum sustainability.
See a Show
There are concerts, plays, and other performances taking place in Peterborough throughout the summer. Check for tickets at Peterborough Memorial Centre and 4th Line Theatre to find some that interest you.
Shop at the Whetung Ojibwa Centre
Find a range of native art, crafts, clothing, and more at Whetung Ojibwa Centre. Although you can buy online, it’s worth visiting the store in person to see new items in the collection.
Heal with Horses
The Mane Intent provides a variety of therapy services using horses. As well as regular equine-assisted psychotherapy sessions, you can book a wellness experience for a day or half day. These experiences are focused on building resilience through developing connections, establishing healthy boundaries, and improving communication.
Chill with Some Ice Cream
Head to Kawartha Dairy for some of the best ice cream around. There are all sorts of flavours to try, available at various stores in Peterborough.
Learn Axe Throwing
At Peterborough Axe Club, you’ll learn how to safely throw a hatchet at a target. Practise on your own, compete with a group of friends, or join a league to play on a regular basis.
Boulder or Rock Climb
The Rock and Rope Climbing Centre offers rope rock climbing and bouldering for all levels. It’s a great place to learn and challenge yourself, no matter your current abilities. You can also receive training to prepare you to climb outdoors.
One last thing to do during the summer before you’re back at university is to search for student rentals. Peterborough students can find everything they need at Severn Court. Our suites are fully furnished and feature six private bedrooms, each with its own door lock and thermostat. Plus, the housing is in a great location — with access to public transit, walking and cycling paths, and Highway 7. Apply now for an eight- or 12-month lease.