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Taste of the Trent Severn

 

Sam's Delicatessen, Peterborough County

Fenelon Falls Farmers Market, Kawartha Lakes

Muddy's Pit BBQ, Peterborough County

Dooher's Bakery, Northumberland County

Church Key Brewing, Northumberland County

The Water's Edge Inn, Northumberland County

Cassis Bistro, Kawartha Lakes

The Whistling Duck, Northumberland County

Peterburger, Peterborough County

Mikael's Bakery, Kawartha Lakes

Pie Eyed Monk, Kawartha Lakes

Cody Inn, Kawartha Lakes

Old Mill Alpacas, Northumberland County

 

 

Just east of Toronto and just west of Kingston, lies the historic Trent-Severn Waterway. For more than a century, it's been shaping the landscape, people and lifestyle of Kawarthas Northumberland. Built mostly in the 1800s, the Trent-Severn Waterway winds its way through the iconic Canadian Shield, remote lakes, quaint villages, and some of the best undiscovered food spots in Ontario.

In late summer 2020, we travelled back to the region to explore the waterway and the wealth of delicious discoveries it offers. They included sky-high burgers, smokey barbeque and what might just be Ontario's most famous doughnut. The influence of the river runs deep and for those in know, there's something delicious around every winding, country corner.

 

THE RIVERSIDE ROUTE

THREE PERFECT DAYS
ALONG THE TRENT-SEVERN WATERWAY

DAY ONE: NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY

 

Northumberland County is bordered on the south by Lake Ontario, and on the north by Rice Lake with the Trent-Severn Waterway joining the two. It's charms lie hidden in a smattering of charming tiny towns and rural-rooted experiences. We suggest you pet alpacas in the morning, taste beer in the afternoon and end your day with a riverside meal at one of Campbellford's many restaurants.

MUST-STOP SPOTS

  • The Big Apple in Colborne, ON
  • Old Mill Alpacas in Brighton, ON
  • The Whistling Duck in Brighton, ON
  • Empire Cheese in Cambellford, ON
  • Dooher's Bakery in Campbellford, ON
  • Church Key Brewing outside of Campbellford, ON
  • North 52 Pub & Grill in Campbellford, ON

WHERE TO STAY

  • The Waterside Inn, Campbellford

DAY TWO: PETERBOROUGH & THE KAWARTHAS

 

Peterborough is the beating heart of the Trent-Severn Waterway. It's boasts the regions largest population and is home to a unparalleled community of chefs, restauranteurs and artisans committed to growing the areas blossoming food scene. Start your day wandering the farmers market, spend the afternoon sipping spirits and end it tucking into a sky-high burger, sandwich or smoked meat platter. You won't be disappointed!

MUST-STOP SPOTS

  • Muddy's Pit Barbeque in Keene, ON
  • Peterburger in Peterborough, ON
  • Black's Distillery in Peterborough, ON
  • Sam's Delicatessen in Peterborough, ON
  • The Canoe & Paddle in Lakefield, ON
  • Cassis Bistro in Lakefield, ON
  • The Cody Inn in Buckhorn, ON
  • Pastry Peddler in Millbrook, ON

WHERE TO STAY

  • The Village Inn, Lakefield, ON
  • Elmhirst Resort, Rice Lake, ON

DAY THREE: KAWARTHA LAKES

 

Kawartha Lakes is a the collection of towns (and lakes!) spanning from Ponty Pool in the south to the borders of Haliburton in the north. Highlights include beloved towns like Bobcaygeon, Mariposa and Lindsay, as well as Sturgeon and Balsam Lakes. The region is vast, varied and the driving is good - this is prime road trip country.

MUST-STOP SPOTS

  • Kawartha Dairy in Bobcaygeon (and Lindsay!)
  • Fenelon Falls Brewing Co in Fenelon Falls, ON
  • The Little Pie Shack in Fenelon Falls, ON
  • Mikael's Cafe in Omemee, ON
  • Pie Eyed Monk in Lindsay, ON
  • Fenelon Falls Farmers' Market, Fridays in Fenelon Falls, ON

WHERE TO STAY

  • South Pond Farms, Ponty Pool, ON
  • Stillwater on the Lake, Fowlers Corners

STORIES FROM THE ROAD

Keeping things low 'n slow at Muddy's in Keene

Tradition runs deep at Cody Inn in Buckhorn

Community & really good burgers

Big Flavours at the Little Pie Shack

Meet Brighton, Ontario's fuzziest residents

LOCK-SIDE VIEWS AND BREWS AT FENELON FALLS BREWING

Meet Robert Black of Black's Distillery

Sam's Place: The Best 'Sam'whices in town

A Warm Welcome to Cassis Bistro

SCENES FROM THE ROAD

 

 

For more ways to eat, stay and play in Kawarthas Northumberland, visit: kawarthasnorthumberland.ca

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This content was created with support from Kawarthas Northumberland.