Peterborough Ranked One Of Most Active Cities In Canada

Expedia has ranked Peterborough one of the 21 most active cities in Canada. 

Some of the factors Expedia looked at in compiling their list include: average number of marathons and hiking trails; access to bike paths, trails, and races; per capita gyms; and abundance of outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, etc.

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

"To paraphrase Salt-N-Pepa, you’ve got to push it when you’re in Peterborough, Ontario," Expedia says of Peterborough.

"This means pushing your endurance along Trent Canal when you’re riding your bike next to dozens of pros. Pushing your body up just a little higher off the safe ground at Rock and Rope Climbing Centre. And pushing your paddle skills on Little Lake to one day earn a glittering spot at the Canadian Canoe Museum in town."

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Click here to view Expedia's entire ranking.

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Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism Is Hosting Open House

On Thursday, July 12th, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is hosting an Open House at the Visitor Centre (270 George Street North, Suite 101).

You can learn about the visitor services and resources available to uncover some hidden gems, discover amazing experiences, and plan a summer of fun in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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FUN STUFF THE FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENT WILL INCLUDE

• Free ice cream (while quantities last)

• Face painting with Faces by 2

• Other activities and fun for the kids

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on July 12th. RSVP to Cara Walsh by email, by calling 705-743-0777 ext. 2116 or via this Facebook event page

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A Local Company Wants To Build A Water Park On Little Lake

Peterborough couple Jason and Niki Pulchinski have a dream: to construct a water park on Little Lake in this city they love.

Their Peterborough-based company At The Lake Distributing Inc.—which sells water toys and docks, and has installed water parks across the country—wants to construct a quarter million dollar inflatable water park on Little Lake.

Here is a 3D rendering ATL Distributing provided to PTBOCanada of a possible location on Little Lake...

 Little Lake rendering

Little Lake rendering

The Pulchinski's company has a proven track record: They have installed water parks (see pics below) at Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville, Ontario; Camp Qwanoes in Crofton, British Columbia; Clevelands House Resort in Minett, Ontario; Sunshine House Boats in Cranbrook, British Columbia and an upcoming one at Railyard Wake Park in Mount Albert, Ontario this summer.

 Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone

Deerhurst Resort Splash Zone

 Camp Qwanoes Park

Camp Qwanoes Park

 Clevelands House Resort

Clevelands House Resort

These parks really add a wow factor to any place that installs one, and this is what ATL Distributing wants to bring to Peterborough—thinking it could be great for locals but also an awesome tourist attraction being near the Trent Severn Waterway and Lift Lock for boaters coming through from all parts.

It could help put Peterborough on the map even more.

 Rendering of Rail Yard Aquapark

Rendering of Rail Yard Aquapark

ATL want to pay the city to put up this water park (they are open to different locations but suggested one near Del Crary Park and the Art Gallery of Peterborough—see rendering at top of post), and incur all the costs associated with running it (insurance, security, and everything else involved in the running of this park).

It would be run by ATL and it would create at least six well paid jobs, the company tells PTBOCanada. Safety is top of mind: There would be lifeguards, and lifejackets would be required wear. They also would partner with local businesses, kids camps and kids charities to get people downtown.

 Water park 3D rendering courtesy ATL Distributing

Water park 3D rendering courtesy ATL Distributing

"Bringing a water park to Peterborough is really for the attraction of people to our beautiful downtown and Del Crary Park by Little Lake," ATL says.
 
Jason has reached out to the City of Peterborough and is hoping to get a meeting to present an elaborate proposal to them of how their company can work with the muncipality on the project. Without their blessing, the water park will not happen.

In the meantime, Jason and Niki will continue to dream big, believing this project could create a huge splash here. They hope to someday see kids and adults from Peterborough and beyond creating family memories at this water park on Little Lake in the Kawarthas.

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Canadian Canoe Museum Attraction Increasing Number Of International Visitors

Over the past week, the Canadian Canoe Museum welcomed an incredible 18 international visitors from 11 countries, reflecting a trend of increasing international interest in its world-class collection.

Between October 17th and 25th, these individual international visitors from countries including Australia, Germany, Mexico, Russia and India signed the guest book and longtime museum volunteer Bernice Standen took note. “We are fortunate to have the preeminent collection of paddled craft in the world,” says Mrs. Standen, a museum volunteer who, since 2004, has been working with visitor statistics.

Here is a visual representation in red dots of where their visitors come from...

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In 2016, 25 percent of those who signed the museum’s guest book were international visitors—up from 14 percent in 2015.

Visitors to the museum come from all over the world, and last year the guest book documented those from more than 30 countries. Many international visitors explore the museum more than once.

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Some comments from international visitors include the following...

“I learned new things about the world and of course Canada.” (EGYPT)

“Superbe musee!” (FRANCE)

“Fantastic presentations—well interpreted and engages all (even very old and very young). RIVALS the Smithsonian!!” (U.S.A.)

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In 2016, the museum welcomed 27,267 visitors overall—an increase of close to 2.5 percent over the previous year. That increase built upon the attendance figures of 2015, which were 11 percent higher than in 2014.

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Early projections indicate that the new museum, to be built beside the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway, will welcome more than twice the number of visitors in its opening year alone.

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“Our collection, and the museum as a whole, continues to attract national and international attention,” says General Manager Carolyn Hyslop.

“This, paired with the local excitement related to the new museum project and some of our newest programs, contributes to the incredible momentum we are experiencing right now."

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Watch This Awesome Parks Canada YouTube Video From Lock 'N' Paddle Day

On June 24th, 328 canoes and kayaks filled the two tubs at the Peterborough Lift Lock for Lock 'n' Paddle.

Parks Canada has put together a great video capturing the epic day from many different angles at Lock 21. Watch it below...

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Tour The Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Near Peterborough

There will be an Open House at the Cham Shan Temple's Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden on Saturday, July 1st from 10 am. to 1 p.m., and entry is free.

The gardens are still under construction and access is restricted to some areas. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy hiking shoes because the terrain is dusty and uneven. Sandals and flip flops are an absolute no-no. Visitors should also bring water as there are few facilities on site.

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Below is a picture showing the enormity of the laughing Buddha on the grounds. It was built in China, cut into 72 pieces and shipped here in containers and reassembled. It weighs 127 tons. The head alone is 26 tons.

 Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

The Wutai Shan Garden is located at 708 Ski Hill Road, a few minutes north of Bethany. The site is 530 acres and is one of four sites being developed by the Buddhist Association of Canada. The total acreage of the four sites combined is 1,700 acres.

The sites—chosen because of their serenity, tranquility and natural environment—have taken two decades to plan and will take a further 20 years to construct at an estimated cost of $80 million dollars.

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

For further information about the Buddhist Association of Canada, contact Diane Chen at Cham Shan Temple in Toronto, 905.886.1522, ext 333.

-> We took a tour of the grounds back in June 2015. Read about it here.

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328 Paddlecraft Just Filled Both Tubs At Trent Severn National Historic Site In Epic Display

Last year, 138 paddlecraft were jammed into one of the ginormous "tubs" at the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site in Peterborough on Lock n' Paddle day, breaking the previous record of 101. 

This is what it looked like at Lock 21 during last summer's Lock 'N Paddle...

 June 26th, 2016

June 26th, 2016

This year, Lock 'N Paddle upped their game even more, filling both tubs on a beautiful Saturday (June 24th) with more than 150 canoes and kayaks each (to mark Canada's 150 birthday) and lifting them 65 feet.

It was one heck of a jigsaw puzzle for organizers and Lockmaster Ed, seen in this video below...

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But they did it. Look at this picture we took from mission control...

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Here is the view from the front Trent-Severn Waterway tweeted out...

Here is the view from above photographed from a drone by Justen Soule for Parks Canada...

And once the lock chambers were at an equal elevation, the Lock Master halted the lockage and participants and visitors raised their paddles and sang both O Canada and Happy Birthday in celebration of 150 years of Confederation.

Have a listen of the Happy Birthday...

Here is the moment the chambers aligned...

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Here's a closeup of the East chamber tub filled...

 PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

PHoto by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

And here's a closeup of the West chamber tub filled...

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

 360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

360 panorama by Evan Holt, PtboCanada

UPDATE: Here is video our Evan Holt filmed from inside a canoe...

Well done Lock 21, well done Peterborough!

 Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada

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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre Opens At VentureNorth Building In Downtown

The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre has announced that it has now opened at its new location in the VentureNorth building at 270 George St. N. in beautiful downtown Peterborough.

The Visitor Centre is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.

Travel Counsellors are on hand to help tourists with all their questions and inquiries to do with the Kawarthas.

For more on Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism, click here.

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Tickets For Under Water Dining At Lock 21 Sold Out In Less Than 12 Hours

Last June, we were among a select group of 12 people invited to a beta test of a unique experential tourism experiment called Under Water Dining At Lock 21, and predicted it would be a hit when it launched to the public.

Sure enough, it is. Under Water Dining—which takes visitors on a hands-on, historical dining experience through, inside and under the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock—announced its official launch for 2017 and tickets for their experiences sold out in under 12 hours!

 Photo from beta test for Under Water Dining in Summer 2016

Photo from beta test for Under Water Dining in Summer 2016

 “We expected tickets to sell quickly, but we were overwhelmed by how quickly they sold out—the response has been incredible,” says Tracie Bertrand, Director of Tourism & Communications for Peterborough Economic Development.

 Photo from beta test for Under Water Dining in Summer 2016

Photo from beta test for Under Water Dining in Summer 2016

 Manager of Canal Operations Chad Buchner

Manager of Canal Operations Chad Buchner

[Related: Want to learn about the engineers who built the Lift Lock? Click here. For 15 neat facts about the Lift Lock's history, click here. To see 138 canoes & kayaks jammed into the Lift Lock, click here.]

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You Can Now Order Your Free Lockage Permit For 2017 On Trent Severn Waterway

Parks Canada has announced that boaters can now order their free lockage permits as part of Canada 150 celebrations, giving you an amazing chance to explore the Trent Severn Waterway and other waterways this year.

 Photo via Parks Canada

Photo via Parks Canada

The free lockage permit for boaters is valid for the entire navigation season in 2017 and provides passage through Parks Canada’s historic canals like the Trent Severn.

Launch your adventure as part of Canada's 150 celebrations by clicking here for more info on getting the free lockage permit.



[Related: 15 Neat Facts About Construction Of Peterborough Lift Locks; 10 Neat Facts About Little Lake]

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