Ontario’s famed cottage country is literally a breath of fresh air just a short drive from the big city. While summer favourites such as Muskoka or Georgian Bay typically get all the attention, the Kawarthas are just a two-hour drive northeast of Toronto and also well worth the trip for those seeking a relaxing getaway.
The chain of lakes near Peterborough is made up of 1,128 islands, which are home to everything from rustic cottages on their own islands, to magazine-ready multi-million dollar homes. Here are 15 photos that will make you want to go to the Kawarthas, whether it’s via speedboat, houseboat or on a day-cruise aboard the Kawartha Spirit.
The stretch of water near Peterborough is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Kawarthas.” While everyone agrees it’s beautiful, the one thing they can’t decide is how it should be spelled: Stony or Stoney!
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