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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.






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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Want to get the kids or grand kids interested in a great outdoor activity? Why  not take them to the Peterborough Greenwing Fishing Derby on April 29th, 2017. The event is hosted by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Joanne Barbazza, head of outreach and communications for Ducks Unlimited, said the event is “a way to get children to learn the sport of fishing and hopefully start them on the road to making it a lifelong passion.”





Boys and girls 15 years and younger will have the chance to fish for prizes on the 29th. The fish should be biting too! About 5,000 fish will be released into the water before the event starts. Many of the fish will have been tagged for prizes. Participants could win fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes, camping equipment and mountain bikes.


Join hundreds of families on the Trent Severn Waterway, just below the Peterborough Lift Lock for all of the fun. “The weather’s looking good and it’s going to be an exciting day,” said event co-chairman Gordon Bowley.


Children (and adults) will learn about waterfowl, wildlife and wetland conservations in addition to fishing. And children who register for the derby will automatically become members in Ducks Unlimited’s Greenwing program.  


“Greenwing Day” is only open to children 15 years of age and younger on the 29th. Registration is $15 for the first child and $5 for each additional child per family. Fees from children’s registration go toward the Ducks Unlimited Canada’s Greenwing programs involved in conservation awareness. Children must be accompanied by an adult and be wearing a life jacket. Instant prizes for tagged fish will be awarded to registered Greenwing participants from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm only. On-site registration begins at 8:00 am.  Lunch will also be provided to registered Greenwing participants, including a hotdog, drink, cake and ice cream.



“Adult Fishing” is open April 30th 2017 through May 5th 2017 to all registered participants. Adults and youth 16 years and over can register a cost of $15.00 each. All registration costs must be paid in cash on the day of registration. 


To pre-register for the Greenwing Derby, get your forms at:

   Canadian Tire’s Lansdowne Street and Chemong Road locations

   Bridgenorth Sports and Marine on Garthorne Ave

   Peterborough Bait and Tackle

   Or download and complete the form and bring it with you to the event http://ww3.ducks.ca/NATURAL/98747041.PDF


“Get yourself hooked, come out and catch some fun.”






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If you love to sing but don’t feel you’re quite good enough to be on stage, you might want to check out “Shout Sister!” a unique approach to choral singing.


What makes it unique? No auditions for one thing! Singing with the group is simply fun, including a wide variety of styles from pop to Motown, folk, country and blues.

You don’t even have to be able to read music because members learn from the recorded versions of songs. Experienced singers and inexperienced singers all find a refuge in the relaxed atmosphere, bonding with other sisters.

The choir was started in 2002 by Georgette Fry in Kingston. Georgette’s career spans 35 years. She is a veteran of the Canadian Music scene, a blues and jazz artist and a 1994 Juno nominee.

Georgette fiercely believed that music offers physical and psychological benefits and such benefits should be available to everyone. The development of the choir appealed to a wide range of women who enjoyed singing but who did not have formal training, could not read music, and who definitely did not want to have to audition for a choir. Women who would otherwise be robbed of an opportunity to sing with others suddenly had the chance to belong.

And now, 15 years later, Shout Sister! has 23 chapters across the province with the closest in Peterborough. The photo below is from the local chapter.


The Shout Sister! website includes a large selection of videos where you can see and hear a cross section of the choirs in action. Listen to everything from Hallelujah, Song for a Winter’s Night, Strange Man, Fields of Gold, Have You Ever Seen the Rain…the range of music is amazing.  

Shout Sister! fosters community spirit and giving. Many of the performances help to raise money for local causes, particularly supporting organizations for women and children. They work hard to keep the arts alive by reaching out and inspiring others.


Contact Peterborough Shout Sisters!

Director:               Barbara Johnston

Choir Chair:         Sue Smith

Rehearsals:         Monday evenings from 7-9pm

Greenwood United Church

737 Donwood Drive

Peterborough Ontario

Contact Email:     members@shoutsisterchoir.ca



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How far would you have to travel to see a film festival with…

  • 59 documentaries from 25 countries, with 28 Canadian films, including 10 by local filmmakers.
  • 2 Oscar-shortlisted documentaries, 22 visiting filmmakers, live performances, community discussions, and several social events and visual displays
  • Performers from Circus Without Borders performing a live acrobatics.
  • Poetry readings, an album release, a performance by Unity, and a benefit for Standing Rock with local indigenous musicians and poets.
  • Discussions focused on homelessness, transgender youth, climate change, and Syria.

…Toronto? Los Angeles? New York?

No, you just have to travel to Peterborough January 26 to 29 to attend the 13th annual ReFrame Film Festival.

ReFrame’s Vision – “To build strong, sustainable, and engaged community audiences for film and art that explore and document issues of human rights and social justice, from the local to the global; to use film and art to provide educational opportunities and encourage activism and thoughtful debate.”

Local films premiering include:

  • Towns End,a documentary about the closing of the Douro General Store,
  • Oshkigmong: A Place Where I Belong, the story of Curve Lake First Nation,
  • Dreams of Electric City, a stop-motion, kaleidoscopic tour of Peterborough.


The five feature films require individual tickets. The films highlight a diverse range of topics from the impacts of the cargo shipping industry to an Iranian poetry festival and Mongolia’s first female eagle hunter in a dozen years to the desks of New York Times obituary writers.

Aaju Peter will be the keynote speaker. She is also the subject of Angry Inuk, a feature film which examines the struggle Inuit people face in maintaining their right to hunt seal.


The seal is the lifeblood for Inuit. Celebrity environmentalists have tried to stop the seal hunt but a new generation of Inuit youth are fighting back through social media.

The Eagle Huntress is also a feature film, telling the story of a 13-year-old girl, Aisholpan, who becomes the first girl to train one of the fastest moving animals on earth – an Eagle. You can experience the journey of this young person who is undaunted by the seven foot wingspans and razor sharp talons of the eagle. Stunning cinematography completes the movie.



Daytime passes, providing access to films before 7:30 p.m. are $30 per person, or $20 for students or low-income earners.

Tickets will be sold separately for the five evening films this year to guarantee seating for all ticket holders and reduce line ups. Tickets to evening shows are $10 each for daytime pass holders and $15 for those without a daytime pass. 

Tickets are available at Peterborough GreenUp Store on Aylmer St., Happenstance Books and Yarn in Lakefield or online at www.reframefestival.ca





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If you are looking for a new job in 2017 it might be worth considering the businesses who employ the most people. I was surprised to learn there are actually 144 employers in Peterborough who employ 40 or more people.

The biggest employer weighs in with 2,410 employees. Not surprising, it’s the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).


The PRHC is a state-of-the-art regional hospital with a proud local history, spanning more than a 100 years. The hospital serves a population of 300,000 people in Peterborough and the surrounding region. It has a capacity of 494 beds and has one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Ontario.

The second largest employer is the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board with 1,500 employees from the Peterborough-area schools and the school boards’ head offices.

Tied for third and fourth with 1,163 employees is the City of Peterborough and Trent University.

The listing provides a candid view of the local economy in the Peterborough area. And the Mayor of the City of Peterborough, Daryl Bennett indicates the area is a welcome place for individuals, students, families and businesses:

“With our impressive network of schools, healthcare centres, shops and services and thriving arts community, Peterborough is the perfect place for people to grow up and to grow old. With our strong creative economy and access to global markets, it is also the perfect place to grow a business.”  

You can see the full list of the 144 largest employers in Peterborough at http://www.mykawartha.com/news-story/6412481-meet-the-top-144-employers-in-peterborough/

Peterborough Economic Development outlines the main sectors that drive the local economy:

  • Aerospace
  • Water Technologies
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Nuclear Energy

The area has what is called a “Creative Economy”, an economy that is driven by both knowledge and innovation. Thomas Edison was certainly an innovative thinker as he founded General Electric Canada in Peterborough over 100 years ago.


The Regional Economic Profile for Peterborough and the Kawarthas provides a detailed overview of the local business community. You can download the full report at



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It’s that time of year when the fall fairs are winding down but the Christmas Craft Shows are coming up. And anything to make Christmas shopping easier is a welcome event.

Mark your calendar for:

  • November 5th and 6th in Lindsay
  • November 12th in Lindsay
  • November 27th in Peterborough
  • December 4th in Lindsay

November 5th and 6th 2016

New this year, the Christmas Craft Show in is now part of the Kawartha Lakes Home Show. Admission is free. You will find a variety of unique gifts from vendors as well as dozens of participants, offering everything from gifts for your pets, home renovations, great food, and photographers for that perfect Christmas family portrait. The event will be held at the Exhibition Building in the Lindsay Fairgrounds.

For more information, contact:

Tracey Richardson 705-324-8600 ext.222 trichardson@mykawartha.com


November 12th 2016

At the ‘Crazy Christmas Craft and Vendor Show’ there will be a number of different artisans and crafters offering unique items for sale, as well as some direct sales representatives to help with your shopping. An added feature – the day’s event includes a Food and Warm Clothing Drive for those in need during the Christmas season. Simply bring your non-perishable food items and gently used winter clothing to the show. As a special treat, Santa plans on making a surprise visit!

Join the festivities to be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 67 at 12 York St. North in Lindsay from 10 am to 4 pm.



November 27th 2016

Don’t miss Cottage Country’s Peterborough Christmas Craft Show including over 90 vendors. The event will be held at the Peterborough Wellness Centre at 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough. Kids are free and adult admission is $2 with proceeds going to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Program.



December 4th 2016 

If you could not make it to Peterborough you still have time to plan for Cottage Country’s Christmas Craft Show in Lindsay. Over 100 Vendors are getting ready to help you fill those Christmas stockings and choose a special gift or two. Of course you can also buy some homemade treats and put them in the freezer until you host your own Christmas party. Once again the modest admission fee of $2 per adult will help to support the Peterborough Huskies Special Needs Hockey Programs.


Happy shopping!




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