Peterborough, 140km northeast of Toronto in the heart of the wooded Kawarthas, is an excellent weekend getaway or launchpad for a journey through this sacred aboriginal land. Offering both cultural attractions and scenic nature preserves, it's a green university town with a bustling community, surrounded by thousands of private cottages dotted around the area's many lakes. Stoney Lake, one of the largest, has some of the most lavish and beautiful private homes in the area.
If you feel like hanging around, consider staying a night in pretty Lakefield, 14km north of town at the bottom of Katchewanooka Lake. Back in Peterborough, you'll find plenty of dining and shopping options and a quaint city center. Cruises and canoes ply the waterways to the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway, while cycle paths lead around town and over the Otonabee River. The Canadian Canoe Museum is a must-see.