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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Sweetheart Public Skate

Looking for something fun to do on Valentine’s Day with that special someone? The City of Kawartha Lakes invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a public skate at one of their Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Public Skates on Wednesday February 14.

Beautiful senior couple ice skating in city centre. Winter

Sweetheart Skate schedule:

  • Lindsay Recreation Complex from 10:15am to 1pm
  • Emily/Omemee Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Oakwood Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm
  • Ops Community Centre from 4pm to 5pm

Everyone is encouraged to wear red and/or pink and all public skate participants will receive a special treat. Regular admission fees apply.

A complete listing of all Public Skating times and locations is available on the City’s website. The schedule is subject to change, please contact the facility to confirm.

For more information, please call 705-324-9411 extension 1306 or email communitydevelopment@kawarthalakes.ca




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Sometimes you have to sit down and make actual plans to get outside and have some winter fun. Although tempting to enjoy your cozy home and a cup of hot chocolate, some winter exercise will cure any potential winter blues.

You can skate on the Lift Lock Canal

Thanks to the City of Peterborough and the Trent Severn Waterway, free public skating is available below the Peterborough Life Lock – weather permitting of course! The City floods the ice when needed to ensure it is as smooth as possible. Skate with your family or join in a game of hockey with your friends. Just be sure to check the flag that indicates the current ice conditions. 

You can also check out the Kawartha NOW website to find out which rinks and arenas are offering public skating.


KawarthaNOW file photo.

Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2017/01/07/skating-is-open-at-liftlock/


Or Enjoy Family Skiing and Snowboarding at Devil’s Elbow

Why not go where you can find some of the finest snow conditions and longest ski seasons in Ontario. Enjoy 14 runs including the East & West Glades and 2 terrain parks on 90 skiable acres.  You will find everything you need whether you are a skier or a snowboarder, from novice to expert.

The great location and snowmaking equipment guarantees the best possible snow conditions during the ski season.  There are six chairlifts (4 quad and 2 double) ensuring lineups aren’t an issue.

Nordic and snowshoe enthusiasts can enjoy 8.5 km of winding trails through the sheltered evergreen and hardwood forest.

And don’t worry if you need a bit of instruction. Devil’s Elbow offers a ski school and snowboarding lessons through Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School.  Private, semi-private and group lessons are available for all ability levels.

Regular Hours of Operation

Tuesday – Friday  9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

December 25/17 – Closed Christmas Day

December 24/17 – January 7/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Family Day – February 19/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

March Break – March 12 – 16/18  9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.










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March Break is already here. But don’t worry, you can still choose among programs at the local library, swimming pool, ice rink, ski hill or a large selection of creative classes for all ages.

Local Library

Take for instance the Bethany Library at 1474 Highway 7A.

On Saturday you can take part in the Super Saturday Board Games event at the Bethany Library from 11:15 to 12:15.

No matter where you live in Kawartha Lakes, there is a something going on at your local library. Check out the list of March Break events at http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/news/march-break-activities-in-kawartha-lakes.

If you have not been to your local library lately, you might be surprised at the wide range of offerings available! For instance, while your kids are busy you can borrow the books that have made it to the CBC Canada Reads Short List. The next edition of Canada Reads takes place March 27 to 30, 2017.

You or your kids might also be interested in downloading e-books, digital music, magazines…or you can take online courses for FREE! March Break might be just the time to see what the library is offering all year long.


Family Outings 

How about March Break at…

  • The Canadian Canoe Museum. They are offering workshops from half a day, to a full day, to multiple days. The fun includes Arctic Adventures, Woodworking with Wanigans, Make a Leather Bag, Paddle Carving, and Canoe Paper Arts.
  • OFAH Heritage Centre will be offering the first ever Wild March Break Day Camp for youth ages 6 to 13.
  • Buckhorn Maplefest 2017 – Wow! How about Horse drawn sleigh rides, maple demonstrations, sugar bush walk, log sawing, tree tapping, snow shoeing, rope making), live music, the sugar shack, farm animals, farm store and much more!


And there’s more!

  • Day Camp at Camp Kawartha
  • The Ontario Turtle Conservation Centre
  • Art Camps, Art Gallery of Peterborough
  • Peterborough Museum and Archives 

Check out the full list of programs in Peterborough and the Kawarthas at http://thekawarthas.ca/march-break/ 


How about Public Skating during the March Break? Here’s the schedule (but always check to make sure there have not been any changes to the schedule since it was published.)


…Skiing and Snow Boarding

Unfortunately, skiing and snowboarding may be an issue with our mild winter. Get all the latest news right from the source at:

Devil’s Elbow http://www.devilselbow.com/

Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School http://www.ksnowschool.com/

Enjoy the break – Spring is just around the corner!








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We have found some things you can do with your kids for March Break. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a start! Of course, weather can impact some plans, but this is Canada and you just never know what tomorrow will bring.


 March Break Ski Camps at the Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School


Program Details

Small groups and lessons on 3 consecutive days make this a great season opener.

Small Group Sizes

4 – 5 yrs of age – max. 2 students per teacher

6 – 7 yrs of age – max. 3 students per teacher

8 + yrs of age – max. 7 students per teacher

6 Hours of Instruction

3 days with 2 hours of instruction each day for a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Dates and Times

March 13,14,15

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March 17,18,19

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March Break Snowboard Camps at the Kawartha Ski and Snowboard School

Lesson Details

Two hours each day for 3 consecutive days.

Small Group Sizes

7 – 8 yrs of age – max. 5 students per teacher

9 + yrs of age – max. 6 students per teacher

6 Hours of Instruction

3 days with 2 hours of instruction each day for a total of 6 hours of instruction.

Dates and Times

 March 13,14,15

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM

March 17,18,19

  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
  • 1:00 PM-3:00 PM


Public Skating

Manvers Arena

March 15 Public Skate  4:00-5:00pm

Lindsay Recreation Complex

March 14 Public Skate 12:00-2:00pm

March 15 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 16 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 17 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

March 18 Public Skate  12:00-2:00pm

Check out the Kawartha Lakes website for more details https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/parks-recreation-culture/arenas-skating-hockey/arenas-skating-available-ice-time/public-skating-shinny-stick-puck

Have a fun and safe March Break!

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Cross-Country Skiing

You don’t have to wait for a special day or event to enjoy the fun and exercise of cross country skiing in the Kawartha Lakes.


The Devil’s Elbow Ski area near Bethany offers 8.5 kilometers of Nordic skiing trails. This is truly winter at its finest. The winding trails will take you through sheltered evergreen and hardwood forests. Or enjoy the glide and scenery along the beautiful trails in some of Ontario’s finest conservation areas including trails through the Somerville Forest Tract, the Ken Reid Conservation Area, the Emily Forest Tract, the Ganaraska Trail and the Fleetwood Creek Conservation area.

Or enjoy the skiing through a network of maintained trails at The Gaming Nature Centre where you can explore various ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

For more information on X-Country Skiing Trails in Kawartha Lakes visit http://www.trailsforhealth.ca

Or  visit the Kawartha Lakes website at



Ice Skating

How about dusting off the ice skates and visiting the local arena. Public skating is available at the Manvers Community Centre in Bethany.


Take the whole family Sundays between 12:30 and 2:00 or Tuesdays between 4:00 and 5:00 pm. Or you have little children, you can go Wednesday mornings between 10:30 and 12 noon for the Parents and Tots Skate.


Need more information? Just call the arena at 705 277-2720. The arena is located at 697 Hwy 7A, Bethany, ON L0A 1A0.

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