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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Neat Facts About Little Lake

Thanks to our friends at Parks Canada, below are some interesting facts about Little Lake...

1. Adam Scott built a sawmill and grist-mill in 1818 on the south edge of Little Lake and the settlement of Scott’s Plains would eventually become Peterborough. Lock 19 in Peterborough is named after Adam Scott (Scott's Mills).

R.B. Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team.

R.B. Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team.

2. Richard Birdsall Rogers—the designer of the Peterborough Lift Lock and former superintendent of the Trent Canal—is buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, and his gravestone faces the Lift Lock.

3. The 6 kilometre stretch between Little Lake and Nassau Mills (Lock 22) is a man-made canal, constructed along with the Peterborough Lift Lock from 1896 to 1904.

4. The Trent Canal and the Otonabee River run parallel to each other, encircling East City and making it a small island. The two rivers meet in Little lake and at Trent University.

Centennial Fountain construction

Centennial Fountain construction

5. Centennial Fountain, built in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th anniversary, shoots water 76 meters (250 feet) into the air on Little Lake. It is the highest jet fountain in Canada.

Musicfest

Musicfest

6. Peterborough Musicfest, held at Del Crary Park on Little Lake, is a Top 100 festival in Ontario.

7. Up until 2004, each night of Peterborough Summer Festival of Lights (what is now known as Musicfest) included fireworks and a boat light show.

8. The Otonabee River drops 144 feet between Little Lake and Lake Katchewanooka in Lakefield.

9. Historians believe that while travelling with the Hurons, Samuel de Champlain would have put his canoe in and launched from Little Lake, accessing Huronia via Rice Lake and the Trent River.

10. Recreational fishermen can catch bass, walleye, perch, and Muskie in Little Lake.

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PTBOCanada Featured Post: Fun Facts About Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism

PTBOCanada Featured Post: Fun Facts About Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism

Sponsored post by Peterborough Economic Development

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Watch This Stunning New Video Of Millbrook

Photographer/videographer Patrick J. Stephen, who produced this beautiful video of downtown Peterborough last year, has now released a stunning video capturing his hometown of Millbrook near Peterborough. 

Still from video

Still from video

"I was asked to create something by the Millbrook BIA that would show the amazing wealth of community, entertainment and business in Millbrook," Stephens tells PTBOCanada. "I have grown up in the beautiful landscapes and inevitably that is why I have become so interested in landscape photography."

Still from video

Still from video

Stephen adds: "I have always wanted to create something about this small town and having the opportunity to do so has been somewhat surreal. The experience has given me a fresh and rejuvenated look on where I live and the people who are here."

Still from video

Still from video

Watch the video below...

Millbrook has been in the spotlight a lot recently, as High Valley filmed a music video for their song "Every Week's Got A Friday" on the rooftop of the Millbrook Home Hardware in the downtown core. Watch it below (it has nearly 10,000 views already)...

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Check Out This Great Video Of Centennial Fountain On Little Lake

We're so lucky to have The Centennial Fountain at Little Lake in Peterborough, which is the highest jet fountain in Canada.

Installed in 1967, the water shoots up 76m (250 feet).

And it creates beautiful rainbows...

Doug Logan from Fine Homes Photo filmed this great video of the fountain (screengrabs from it are pictured above). Watch it below...

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Peterborough & Kawarthas Tourism Partners With Greenbelt On New Cycling Route

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has partnered with Ontario By Bike, Feast ON, and regional tourism offices across Ontario’s protected Greenbelt—including Peterborough & the Kawarthas—to showcase world-class cycle tourism experiences connected to the Greenbelt Route.

Cyclists will now be encouraged to ride the new Oak Ridges to Lake Loop, which utilizes a portion of Route 3A (Hills, Views & Pastries) of the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics Road Cycling Routes. The new loop explores communities in the Township of Cavan-Monaghan, the City of Peterborough and the Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan.

Country Road 2 which is part of the route

Country Road 2 which is part of the route

The Greenbelt Route, launched in 2015, connects communities from Northumberland to Niagara on a signed cycling route through the countryside—highlighting bike-friendly destinations and supporting local economies.

New this year, as a substantial cycle-tourism asset for the region, the updated Greenbelt Route has multiple connecting routes to the Waterfront Trail and thousands of points of interest riders can add to their route to customize their experience to their taste. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism has partnered with this group on the creation of this loop as one of the nine new cycling loops. The complete itinerary curated to include a number of local partners is available on the newly updated greenbelt.ca/route.

“The landscapes of Peterborough and the Kawarthas are the perfect backdrop for this three-day cycling trip,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “With the Greenbelt Route, we look for partners taking leadership in cycle tourism and Peterborough Economic Development has shown a strong commitment to promoting not only the region, but also healthy, active recreation.”

For more on cycling in the area, go here.

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We Just Experienced Under Water Dining At Lock 21 Dress Rehearsal & It Was Epic

UPDATED POST: March 28th -> Peterborough & the Kawarthas’ newest travel experience, Under Water Dining at Lock 21—which takes visitors on a hands-on, historical dining experience through, inside and under the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock—is now sold out. Tickets for this new experience went on sale at 10 a.m. yesterday, and sold out in less than 12 hours.

 “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.

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UPDATED POST: March 27th -> Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism has announced it is launching Under Water Dining at Lock 21 (see our recap of our dress rehearsal last summer below), which will take visitors on a hands-on, historical dining experience through, inside and under the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock. They are expecting tickets to sell out quickly. Tickets are now on sale for four dates in 2017. Seating for each experience is limited to 16 people, and tickets are $265 CDN per person (+ HST). To learn more about Under Water Dining at Lock 21 or to purchase tickets, click here

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ORIGINAL POST

We were among a select group of 12 people invited to a beta test of a unique experential tourism experiment on Thursday (June 16th): Under Water Dining @ Lock 21.

We started in a Voyageur canoe—dressed in Voyageur gear, of course!—and made our way up to the top of the Lift Lock with great tour guides from the Canoe Museum.

We then learned from the amazing Trent Severn team about the functionality and technology behind the Lift Lock, an engineering marvel that is the highest hydraulic lock in the world with a rise of 65 feet (19.8 metres).

Then we had a quick yummy food & drink break in front of the Locks...

After that, we had an amazing tour inside the bowels of the historic Lift Lock, which opened in 1904.

Manager of Canal Operations Chad Buchner

Manager of Canal Operations Chad Buchner

Then the highlight of many highlights: eating delectable food literally right under the Lock prepared by world class local chefs. The 6-course meal included Fennel & Buttermilk Flan, Trout, McLean's Asparagus and much more...

Like, seriously, we ate right under here...

We then retired to another room right next to the tunnel where cars go through—we could hear the honking right next to us through the wall—to have dessert and hear ghost stories from Ed The Lockmaster...

Ed The Entertainer Lockmaster telling ghost stories

Ed The Entertainer Lockmaster telling ghost stories

Thanks to Peterborough & The Kawarthas Tourism, the Trent Severn Waterway crew and the Canadian Canoe Museum for putting on this awesome dress rehearsal event that we hope to see marketed to the public sometime soon. It will be a hit locally and to tourists across Canada and beyond.

—post by Neil Morton

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Bring Your Canoe To The Peterborough Lift Lock June 26th For Epic Event

There is an epic event called Lock 'n Paddle happening June 26th at 1 p.m. at the Lift Lock on National Canoe Day that paddlers do not want to miss.

Lock 'n Paddle is a partnership between Parks Canada, the Canadian Canoe Museum and the Land Canadian Adventures, with the goal being to see how many canoers they can squeeze into the Lift Lock.

Photo via Canadian Canoe Museum/Trent-Severn Waterway

Photo via Canadian Canoe Museum/Trent-Severn Waterway

As part of this special event, lockage will be free for participating paddlers from Lock 20 - Ashburnham to Lock 24 - Douro. In exchange for free lockage, the Trent-Severn is encouraging paddlers to bring canned food items to support the local community.

Photo via Trent-Severn Waterway

Photo via Trent-Severn Waterway

For specific details on this event, go here. It is an exciting event that organizers want to share with the world on social media. Spread the word on your social channels.

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Five Sure Signs Of Spring In Peterborough

From the stage at Del Crary park getting set up for summer concerts to the outdoor Farmers Markets, Peterborough comes alive in beautiful and vibrant ways in the Spring...

Below are five signs (in no particular order) that it is Spring in Peterborough. Let us know what your favourite signs are!

Watch our Facebook video version which is getting so many views...

You can also watch our YouTube version below...

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Kawarthas From The Sky Is Beautiful

Patrick J. Stephen, the awesome photographer/videographer who created this video about Peterborough, has produced a short trailer video called "Kawarthas From the Sky" that is beautiful.

Patrick tells PTBOCanada how the video came together showing the amazing Kawartha landscape views, farmland, rolling hills and sunsets:

"A little while ago, I approached the Millbrook Businesses Improvement to work on a promotional film. It is really going to be fun showcasing my hometown. I've been photographing these same landscapes for years and wanted to get a different perspective and add motion to really give the landscapes energy. I've been planning this shot in my mind for months to open with a car driving down into the valley as the sun rises. I got in touch with the talented drone pilot Steve Mayhew from Yo Steve Productions to help out. The conditions were perfect. Originally it was just going to be that one shot, but as we got flying around with the drone, we came away with some pretty cool views. We don't often see landscapes from this height and time of day. After seeing what we were getting, I just had to create something with it."

We hope to see extended version of the video at some point down the road.

Watch the trailer video below...

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