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On the Water

Free Family Fishing

Twice a year, Canadian residents can enjoy fishing in Ontario without a licence. This is a great opportunity to try fishing, or become a more experienced angler. For more information visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources website.

Otonabee River

The Otonabee River is part of the Trent Severn Waterway system. It starts at Kathchiwanooka Lake, which is surrounded by limestone and cedar lined shores and makes its way into Little Lake in Peterborough. The other part of the river travels through areas to Rice Lake. Check out the beautiful river by boat, canoe, or kayak.

Peterborough Beaches

There are two City beaches open to the public for supervised swimming starting late June to the third week in August. Beavermead on Ashburnham Drive and Rogers Cove on Maria Street will be supervised seven days a week from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. A flag system is in place at the beaches to indicate the water quality. For water quality results please visit the Peterborough Public Health website at or call 705-743-1000.

Splash Pads

Are you looking for a quick place for your children to enjoy the cool water on a hot sunny day? Over the past few years, the City of Peterborough has installed five Splash pads in local parks. With special features including water jellies, spray tunnels. tipping pots, and water willows, this will be a great way to cool off and keep your children engaged for hours! For more information on dates, times, and locations, please visit the website

The O.F.A.H. Conservation Centre Pond

The O.F.A.H. property boasts an impressive stocked pond, where anglers can try their luck fishing for bass, perch and sunfish. Also featured on the property is the Rick Morgan Habitat Trail, a beautifully landscaped walking path, flanked by two gazebos and several picnic areas where guests are welcome to enjoy lunch or a snack.

Fishing equipment and instruction are provided free of charge. Guests are asked to bring their own bait (i.e. worms). For availability, or to make a booking for your group, please contact the O.F.A.H. between May and September at or 705-748-6324.

The Peterborough Lift Locks & Peterborough Lift Lock Visitor Centre

This was the first North American lift lock to be constructed. Its 65-foot hydraulic lift is still the highest in the world. It is located on the Trent Severn Waterway on the Trent Canal. This is a National Historic Site. Closed during the winter season. 705-742-9912, or Parks Canada at 705-742-9267

The Trent-Severn Waterway

The Trent-Severn Waterway runs for 386 km between the Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario. The route passes through many locks, including two of the highest hydraulic lift locks in the world. Many activities are available en route, including swimming, fishing and sightseeing. For more information visit the website.

Wading Pools

The Recreation Division provides supervised wading pools at four different locations throughout the City. These pools are appropriate for young children to approximately age 8. For more information on dates, times, and locations, please visit the website.