Tips for booking a Peterborough hotel

Cheapest month:March
Most expensive month:July
Average price in Peterborough:$129/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$59/night
Cheapest day:Tuesday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$89 - $199
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$95 - $133
Average price per night / 3-star hotel. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

Where to stay in Peterborough

About Peterborough

Peterborough is lively university town in the heart of the Kawarthas, a chain of cobalt-blue lakes surrounded by evergreen forests. You can explore scenic nature reserves, relax on sandy beaches and discover the region's rich First Nations heritage.

Things to do

In town, the Peterborough Lift Lock welcomes a constant stream of boats cruising along the Trent-Severn Waterway. You'll find plenty of outfitters renting kayaks, canoes and even houseboats. You can paddle across Little Lake, pass through the lock and explore the canal.

The Canadian Canoe Museum pays tribute to the country's deep relationship with its waterways. It houses the biggest collection of canoes on the planet and covers everything from traditional First Nations dugouts to sleek 21st-century models. You can also partake in a dynamic line-up of workshops and activities.

Peterborough is anchored by a characterful town centre filled with boutique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Stock up on fresh produce at the Peterborough Farmers Market and enjoy artisan ice cream, creamy milkshakes and cookie sandwiches at Kawartha Dairy.

In Petroglyphs Provincial Park you can view one of North America's largest collections of ancient aboriginal rock carvings. The site was discovered in 1954 and features snakes, turtles, birds and other native animals carved into the limestone cliffs fringing McGinnis Lake. The park is also laced with scenic hiking trails.

Getting around

Downtown Peterborough is easy to get around on foot, though a rental car is the best way to explore the Kawarthas. The town is a 140-kilometre drive north-east of Toronto. Greyhound buses also make the trip in two hours.

Peterborough travel FAQs

  • What are the best hotels in Peterborough?

    Holiday Inn Peterborough-Waterfront, rated with a score of 7.8 from 543 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Peterborough. Other top stays include Quality Inn Peterborough, with an average rating of 7.5 from 293 reviewers, and Peterborough Inn & Suites Hotel, with a score of 7.5 from 176 reviewers.