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Let’s face it. Some winters are just not winter wonderlands – they are more like a wet rainy season. The result – winter sports take a beating.

But not this winter. Temperatures are well below zero and snow is plentiful. Tobogganing has never been better.

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Source: https://childslife.ca/tobogganing-tubing-hills-york-durham-gta-ontario/ 

You don’t have to wonder where the best tobogganing hills are any longer. You can simply refer to a new Google map, “The Great Canadian Tobogganing Map.”

The map was created by a tobogganing enthusiast from Edmonton. It features over 200 hills from the West of Canada to the East.

The map is ever expanding since you can add new toboggan hills in your area. Have a favourite hill? Add it to the map. Simply sign in to Google Maps using a Gmail account. Then search for the location in the search bar at the top of the page. Users then click the marker that appears in neon green, and click “Add to map.”

Once a location has been added, users can edit the listing by clicking the name on the list, then clicking the pencil in the box that pops up on the map. Charles Heard, the creator of the map,  encourages Canadians to add tips, comments and stories.

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Source: http://www.ptbocanada.com/journal/2013/1/28/the-great-canadian-tobogganing-map-includes-peterborough-hil.html

There are a variety of Kawartha Lakes area hills included on the map:

  • Armour Hill
  • The Old Ski Run Hill at Trent University
  • Jackson’s Park
  • Corrigan’s Hill
  • Prince of Wales Public School

Canada’s First Nations Peoples used handcrafted toboggans to transport people and goods across Canada’s Far North. Eventually using the toboggan for recreation was a natural development. Today we enjoy the evolution of tobogganing in the Winter Olympics – bobsledding, luging and skeleton racing.

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Source: https://www.canadianicons.ca/pages/the-toboggan

Remember, with any sport, safety is a major concern. Health Canada reminds parents that helmets can help to prevent head injuries.

 

 

 

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February 17th is a perfect family fun day. Start off at the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Family Ice Fishing Event and end the day at the Hunting & Fishing Heritage Centre.

The 9th Annual Family Ice Fishing Day is your opportunity to try your hand at ice fishing without needing a license. It is a free event, all equipment and bait is provided and there is a prize for every child!

All the fun takes place on Chemong Lake in Bel Rotary Park. Dress warmly; pack a lunch and some snacks. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your toboggan to enjoy the hills after fishing.

Ontario Family Fishing Events offer an opportunity for families to fish Ontario waters without the usual paperwork. The Ontario Government designates two periods throughout the year as license-free ­– the Family Day Weekend in February and a full nine days in July that coincides with National Fishing Week.

What a great way to introduce your family to fishing. Plan to attend on February 17th or watch for other fishing festivals, clinics, derbies and workshops hosted across the province throughout the year. To find an event near you, visit  www.ontariofamilyfishing.com.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

…And After Ice Fishing 

After Ice fishing, or if ice fishing is not for you, be sure to visit the OFAH Hunting and Fishing Heritage Centre in Peterborough.

Activities for the whole family will include:

  • Excalibur Archery Range
  • Stoeger Airgun Range
  • Lure making, 2D fly tying and casting challenge
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Crafts and games
  • Unique wildlife displays
  • Movie in the amphitheater
  • Fish feeding frenzy in the giant fish aquarium.
  • Free BBQ (12-2) with hot chocolate

Admission and all activities are FREE on February 17th, 2018.  All the fun takes place between 10 am and 4 pm at the Centre at 4601 Guthrie Drive, Peterborough.

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Source: https://www.ofah.org/familyfishing/

 

 

 

 

 

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Family Drop-In Activities take place the last Saturday of every month at The Canadian Canoe Museum.  And on Saturday, January 27th you can stay one step ahead of winter by making a hand warmer sachet. The size of the palm of your hands, a hand warmer can take the chill off while you are enjoying the winter outdoors. You’ll have a variety of choices including a hand warmer owl or canoe.

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Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/upcoming-events

Once you are done with the family drop-in activities there will still be plenty to do and see. In fact, save the link to the website to be sure you don’t miss any upcoming events.

The site https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits outlines the “Family-friendly! Interactive! Educational!” activities to keep everyone engaged:

  • Puppet Theatre complete with Canada’s wildlife creatures.
  • Craft Station where kids can decorate, cut out, and shape their own cardboard canoes.
  • Canoe Drum is a full size 16’ canoe turned into a drum that just screams ‘play me’.
  • Building Table includes Roy Toy building sets and little wooden canoes on a play table where kids can spend time building boat houses, boat sheds, or…
  • Voyageur Encampment invites the whole family to climb under an overturned 36’ birch bark canoe, where it is possible to imagine oneself falling asleep along the bank of the French River.
  • Kids can also try a true to life 90lb canoe pack or pick up a paddle and try to paddle 50-60 strokes per minute just like the voyageurs.
  • Dress-up is for the whole family. Everyone can try on woolen Hudson Bay Company capotes, mittens and booties and try weaving a snowshoe, or learn to finger weave the iconic Voyageur belt, the ceinture flechee.
  • Experience a modern day canoe (on industrial springs) that kids can get into to rock and roll their way through the whitewater. The canoe is even equipped with paddles.
  • Relax and read in the reading nook with canoe and nature-themed children’s books.
  • Experience the fur trade with real beaver pelts to encourage kids to contemplate how this country depended on the beaver fur trade.
  • Sit in a birch bark winter wigwam and gather around the faux fire, listening to a recorded story being told by a Mi’kmaq elder.

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Source: https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits  

Family Drop-in Activities are the last Saturday of the month. Admission is free with Museum admission or Family Membership.

Family membership is only $50/year and includes free admission, discounts on kids’ workshops, March Break, Summer Camp and the store, and special events throughout the year.

Address:       910 Monaghan Road Peterborough, Ontario K9J 5K4 Canada

Phone:          (705) 748-9153

Website:      https://www.canoemuseum.ca/

https://www.canoemuseum.ca/family-visits

 

 

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Chances are you have been at least once to the annual Peterborough Snofest. But did you know the history?

Snofest goes all the way back to 1976 when the province of Ontario had a big push on to encourage everyone to get more active – the promotion was called ParticipACTION!

ParticipACTION came to Peterborough to support a pilot project to help get people more active in the wintertime. And the first Peterborough Snofest was created!  The Festival started off as a one day Carnival and has now evolved into a whole month of events.

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So if you have been to Snofest once, twice or never…2018 is your year to enjoy all the fun! You can download the whole calendar at http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/Assets/Snofest/Documents/Snofest+Brochure.pdf.

There are activities almost every day in January. How about enjoying Snofest…

  • Bingo
  • Youth Night
  • Planetarium Day
  • Youth Rocks & Rings
  • Discovery Day
  • Just Plain Country Jamboree
  • Pictures with Snofest Pete
  • Pool Tournament
  • PJ Magic Show and Storytime
  • Family Swim
  • Family Skate
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Chili Contest
  • Sleigh Rides
  • Spaghetti Dinner
  • Euchre and Lunch
  • Dart Tournament
  • Musical Afternoon
  • Adult Art Afternoon
  • Warm Your Soul Soup Contest
  • Music by Jake
  • Puppet Show
  • Turtle Flakes and Facts

 

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…but mark this date down! Saturday January 20th is CARNIVAL DAY!

Carnival Day starts with the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast. Then get active with the Outdoor Children’s Activities and Face Painting. Warm up at the museum with hands on craft activities. Experience the thrill of the Birds of Prey display, followed by a sleigh ride. Hungry? How about testing a bowl or two of chili at that Snofest Chili Contest. With a full tummy you can head over to the Amazing Race Youth, followed by a Spaghetti Supper!

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The brochure  has all the times and locations for everything happening during Snofest 2018. Events are spread over 27 locations in the city. Remember Carnival Day is January 20th, but Snofest takes place almost every day in January, all the way until January 29th.

And the best part, besides all of the family friendly activities? It’s free! See  you there!

Source of all images used in this blog are from the SnoFest Brochure http://www.peterboroughsnofest.ca/Assets/Snofest/Documents/Snofest+Brochure.pdf

 

 

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Love to sing but not sure you are ‘good enough’? Well, Shout Sister thinks you are! In fact, you can join the Shout Sister choir even if you can’t read music and have no musical training.

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Photo source: https://shoutsisterchoir.ca/

The new Peterborough Director, Kim Doolittle, is an accomplished singer/songwriter. She will direct you and the other members in a fun and unorthodox approach to choral singing. Learn everything you need to know to sing with the choir by studying recorded tracks of music including music from pop and Motown, to folk, to a touch of country and blues.

Everyone from those with no singing experience to others who have sung for years enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. After all, singing is a powerful activity that makes you simply feel good.

The first Shout Sister choir was started by Georgette Fry in Kingston in 2002. She opened chapters in Brockville and Picton in 2006. There are now 24 Chapters in Ontario under the direction of 13 Directors.

Georgette’s efforts were rewarded this past year when she was chosen to be a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal – Civil Division. The award recognizes Canadians for a “deed or an activity that has been performed in a highly professional manner, or according to a very high standard: often innovative, this deed or activity sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings benefit or honour to Canada.”

You can join the ranks of the Shout Sister members to ensure Georgette’s efforts continue – and to have fun! Director Kim Doolittle is accepting new members and would love to meet you on December 18th in Peterborough.

If the 18th does not work for you, you are welcome to attend another practice with no obligation at any time. Joining Shout Sister could be the perfect Christmas gift to yourself!

Details:

Greenwood United Church- Peterborough

737 Donwood Drive, Peterborough ON, K9L 1G6

705-930-3061

Email:members@shoutsisterchoir.ca

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There is no excuse to miss the Santa Claus parade this year. Kawartha Now has prepared a schedule for November and December.

Sunday, November 19

The 62nd Annual Lindsay Santa Claus Parade is taking place on November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. The theme will be Celebrating Christmas in Canada – 150 Years.

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Photo Credit: Mark Ridout Photography

Photo Source http://lindsayparade.com/

Sunday, November 19

The Community of Lakefield presents Lakefield Santa Claus Parade beginning at 1 p.m. in Lakefield.

Sunday, November 19

The Lions Club of Cobourg and Downtown Cobourg present Cobourg Santa Claus Parade beginning at 2 p.m. in Cobourg.

Saturday, November 25

The Municipality of Port Hope presents Santa Claus Parade beginning at 1 p.m. in Port Hope.

Saturday, November 25

The Campbellford Santa Claus Parade Committee presents 2017 Santa Claus Parade beginning at 3 p.m. in Campbellford.

Saturday, November 25

The Santa Day Organizers present Light Up the Night Santa Claus Parade & Fireworks beginning at 5 p.m. in Fenelon Falls.

Saturday, November 25

The Apsley Lions Club presents Christmas Santa Claus Parade and Christmas Party beginning at 6 p.m. at Apsley Central Public School (238 Burleigh St, North Kawartha, Peterborough County, K0L 1A0).

Friday, December 1

The Warkworth Santa Parade presents 2017 Warkworth Santa Claus Parade from 7 – 8 p.m. in Warkworth.

Saturday, December 2

The Kinsmen Club of Peterborough presents Peterborough Santa Claus Parade beginning at 4:45 p.m. in Peterborough.

Saturday, December 9

The Otonabee South Monaghan Township presents Keene Santa Claus Parade beginning at 11 a.m. in Keene.

Saturday, December 9

The Bobcaygeon Kinettes presents Santa Claus Parade beginning at 5 p.m. in Bobcaygeon.

If you want a musical interlude and are in Peterborough on Saturday December 2nd, you have two choices:

Saturday, December 2

In the afternoon you can enjoy live music thanks to the Peterborough Concert Band. They will present the Peterborough Concert Band Festive Concert from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at Peterborough Square (360 George St. N., Peterborough, K9H).

And in the evening, get ready for “CHRISTMAS WITH THE KING” and yes, that would be Elvis! The show stars Million Dollar Quartet Elvis tribute artist Matt Cage with Gerie & the Koasters fabulous show band, the Springtime Chordaires and Master of Ceremonies Bill Coulter as well as 6 members of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble. Hear seasonal tunes, classic love songs and Gospel greats, in true Elvis style. Tickets are available at the box office.

December 7 

Enjoy an Old-Fashioned Christmas in Millbrook. The spirit of Christmas will be not be lost if you and your family can visit Millbrook for an old fashioned Christmas December 7 from 5 to 9 pm. Enjoy a carolling parade and tree lighting, horse-drawn wagon rides, entertainment, photos with Santa, dining, shopping, and much more.

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Horse-drawn wagon rides are one of the many activities available during Christmas in the Village in Millbrook on the evening of Thursday, December 7.

Photo: Marjorie McDonald

Photo Source https://kawarthanow.com/2017/11/12/millbrook-christmas-in-the-village/

 

 

 

 

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There is no shortage of special events and activities taking place on July 1st to help you celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary. Pick a location anywhere in the Kawarthas and you can be guaranteed to find lots of red and white!

Why not go to the Ranch Resort at 252 Ski Hill Road in Bethany? From July 1 to July 3 you can enjoy the Canada Day Tag Sale and Music Festival featuring local artisans, vendors, antique furniture, hanging art work, country bands, singers and more from 1 to 4 p.m.

Or if you venture a little further from home, why not attend the Multicultural Canada Day Festival at the New Canadians Centre in Peterborough? From 10 am to 3:30 pm you can enjoy International food and craft vendors, stage performers, and even demonstrations on a variety of sports from different cultures. Enjoy the fun at the Del Cray Park, 100 George St. N. in Peterborough.

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And don’t forget the Canada Day Parade in Peterborough. Entertainment from such groups as the Dixie Cats Band, Northern Roads Band and the Peterborough Pop Ensemble begins at 9 a.m. And be sure to be there for exactly 5 minutes to noon to participate in the singing of “O Canada”. The parade begins at 12 noon down George Street from Murray Street to Morrow Park. Children can enter the Bicycle Contest and ride their decorated bikes in the parade – but don’t let them forget their helmet!

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In fact, there are parades and celebrations throughout the area including:

Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2017 – Asphodel-Norwood Community Centre.

Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2017 – Maple Leaf Park, Cavan ON.

Classic Car Show – July 1, 2017 – King Street, Millbrook, ON.

Canada Day Parade – July 1, 2017 – Douro Community Centre.

Havelock-Belmont-Metheun Canada Day Celebration – 39 George Street East, Havelock.

Canada Day Parade – July 1, 2017 – Along Burleigh Street in North Kawartha.

Canada Day Celebrations – July 1, 2017 – Isabel Morris Park 20 Concession Street, Lakefield.

And in the City of Peterborough…

150 Downtown Pop-Up – Thursday June 29, 2017 – Great local entertainment and art at various locations throughout Downtown Peterborough.

Bash 150 – Friday June 30th, 2017 – Street Dance on Hunter Street with a great line-up of local musicians including headliners The Rocket Revue.

Canada Day Parade – July 1, 2017 – followed by the Multicultural Festival, Peterborough Musicfest with Kim Mitchell and Canada 150 Fireworks.

Heritage Day – July 2, 2017 – A full day of family fun at the Peterborough Museum and Archives and Peterborough Lift Lock.

There is so much going on that it will be hard to take it all in. Check for other details in your area at http://thekawarthas.ca/canada-day-in-peterborough-the-kawarthas/

…and review this list of other websites to help you fine tune your plans.

http://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/lindsay-canada-da

http://www.explorekawarthalakes.com/bobcaygeon-canada-day

http://www.cavanmonaghan.net/en/canada-150-celebrations.asp

http://www.townofbwg.com/Canada150

 

Let’s not forget a lot of the fun, great food and fireworks will be happening in your own backyard, literally! Enjoy the weekend with your family and friends – and of course, stay safe!

Happy Canada Day!

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