If winter has you looking for a little change of scenery, we’ve got the perfect getaway for you, with fresh air, sweet treats and rural hospitality all in the mix. Here are our picks for a weekend winter getaway to Kawarthas Northumberland.
Skate the Canal
Peterborough’s very own canal skate-way is a hidden gem, and is much loved by locals. Each winter, a portion of the Trent-Severn Waterway at the base of the lift lock becomes a public skating rink, and is the perfect spot for a outdoor skating adventure with the kids or a pick up game of hockey. Don’t forget to admire views of the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world as you glide down the rink.
Treat your Sweet Tooth
A butter tart makes for the perfect après skating treat. Kawarthas Northumberland is home to The Butter Tart Tour, featuring over fifty stops that celebrate this favourite Canadian dessert. One of the newest additions, Baked 4U, is home to the must-try Skor Butter Tart. Pair it with one of their hot drinks, like a tasty tea from The Metropolitan Tea Company.
Get a Taste of the Country
Always wanted to learn how to bake bread from scratch, or learn the basics of preserves? South Pond Farms offers a range of workshops steeped in the rural way of life, and are the perfect way to spend a cozy winter day. Cook on a traditional cook-stove, and enjoy views of the rolling farm fields from the cozy farmhouse kitchen, where many of the workshops are offered.
Explore the Farm
South Pond Farms is beautiful year round. In winter, the snow covered fields make for a great backdrop to admire the beautiful buildings on the property. Don’t miss the Goat Shed (you might see a few goats poking their heads out!).
After a day on the farm, you might just find yourself planning your next visit. In the warmer months you can book a wine or spirit tasting in the silo, a ceramic and timber-frame hideaway inside the main barn. The barn is also available for rental special events and celebrations!
Where to Stay
Make a weekend of it, and stay just around the corner from South Pond Farms at the Ironhorse Ranch. The perfect spot for a friends getaway, this timber frame log home has three bedrooms, and is an ideal spot to unwind after your winter adventure. Explore the house, and admire the one-of-a-kind interior, featuring reclaimed materials such as stone, timber, copper and iron.
Travelling with a smaller group? See more accommodation ideas here.