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Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

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Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

We are having our 1st trip to Canada on 3rd Sept this year for 2 weeks. The trip is to combine some sightseeing with a visit to our daughter, who moved to Peterborough in Jan to work at Trent Uni.As we are flying into Hamilton directly from Ireland, we are heading to NOTL for 3 nights. We will have hire car for the 2 weeks.Booked '627 on King',thanks to its rave reviews on Trip Advisor! We will do all usual tourist trips around Niagara from here.Then head to Toronto for 4 nights, booked into Radisson Admiral Harbourfront,as we prefer to be near water, rather than in town! We will be there for end of CNE and will have front row view of the Air Show over lake! We have booked to see Jersy Boys on the Wed too.Rest of time we plan to do Island trip, visit Ireland park, CN etc etc. So our 1st week is pretty much planned, but then we head to P/Boro for 2nd week. we really want to stay near our daughter, but still see more around Lake Ontario. So, is it possible to visit area on St Lawrence on day trips? e.g. Kingston 1000 island trip, Fort Henry, Upper Canada Village, Cornwall etc? My husband loves driving so has no problem heading out for 3hr drives to places!We will be able to visit Oshawa, Port Hope, Cobourg, and Belleville from P/Boro ok, but just wanted opinion on those further afield. Also,are there any other interesting visits from P/B? We do plan on spending at least 1 day exploring around Kawartha lakes. Any advise would be welcome in relation to this area!

Super 8 and Ontanabee Best Western, are the only 2 hotels who have vacancies for full week of our stay,anyone stayed in either? Which would you recommend? Any negatives? We only need a room as base to sleep in as will be out all day every day!But would like it to be clean, with good beds and ensuite bathroom!

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1. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Dear Cruiseaholic55:

You could certainly do day trips from a Peterborough base easily. Going as far as Kingston and the 1000 Islands would be a comfortable out-and-back jaunt. Going much further east than that (say to Cornwall) would probably tip the driving-to-sightseeing balance too much. There are also a number of worthwhile local attractions in the Peterborough area depending on your interests, including small villages (Lakefield—with a rich literary heritage—Bobcaygeon, Young’s Point), local history (settlement after the Napoleonic Wars with a strong Irish connection), summer theatre, lakes and rivers, etc. Regarding the latter you could also venture north to Halliburton and as far as Algonquin Park on a day trip circle.

Below are some links related for the local tourism authority:

www.thekawarthas.net

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2. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

lots to do from Peterborough. I recommend you taking the road along the Trent to Lakefield. It's quite pretty imo.

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3. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

You will be a bit early for fall colours, but just in time for the annual "fall fair" season in and around the Ptbo. area - many of the small towns in Kawarthas, Haliburton and Northumberland County celebrate then. A great way to see the towns and ocal life. Cornwall, as noted, is a bit of a trek but Kingston, Prince Edward County are quite accessible. You can head east on Hwy. 7 and drop down at almost any point ... check out the marvellous Spindletree Gardens just south of Tamworth on the Camden East Road.

Of the two hotels the Super 8, while not picturesque, is the newer and located not far from the "big box" shopping area of Ptbo. The BW is much older - check the TA reviews. Both are about equidistant from downtown and Trent campus which is at north end of city. And as noted above, the River Rd. drive from Ptbo. to lakefield is very pretty.

Enjoy!

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4. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Hi Cruiseaholic55,

Wow sounds like a nice vacation.

I suggest that you take a look at GOOGLE MAPS to get more familiar with the lay of the land and distances.

Here are some starters:

Peterborough to Ottawa = 274 Kms (about 3-1/2 Hours Driving Time).

Peterborough to Kingston = 181 Kms (about 2-1/4 Hours)

Peterborough to Gananoque = 206 Kms (about 2-1/2 Hours)... generally speaking Gananoque is about 20 minutes east of Kingston, a bit longer if you take Hwy 2.

Peterborough to Upper Canada Village = 320 Kms (3-3/4 Hours)

Remember Driving Times are just that... they don't account for Breaks, Traffic, Construction or Weather Delays.

Although Day Trips are possible, I would still think an overnight or two would allow you to get more out of your week. And Ottawa could easily merit an overnight (lots to see and do).

For example, one of the issues with Gananoque is the timing of the Boldt Castle sailings... the cruises are 5 Hours (2 of which are at the Castle) but they only run on a percise schedule... usually morning and afternoon, so with transporation and a trip to Old Fort Henry the timing can be a little tricky (hence the overnight suggestion). A visit to Upper Canada Village can also be combined on this outing as it is a great drive to follow the river from Kingston eastwards (Hwy 2 from Kingston, then the 1000 Island Parkway, then Hwy 2 again thru Brockville... take the jog that does Brockmere Cliff / Butternut Bay Drives near the end of the Parkway... check GOOGLE MAPS).

Being in the area Mid September means you'll have to be aware of Fall Schedules (most attractions end their Summer Schedule with Labour Day Weekend) so you might find that the hours are shorter, or some things are only available on the Weekend.

For more info see the following websites:

Old Fort Henry = www.parks.on.ca/fort/

Upper Canada Village = www.uppercanadavillage.com/

Gananoque Boat Line = www.ganboatline.com

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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5. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Thanks a mill for your prompt reply, and info. We will certainly head up to Lakefield, as we had hoped to stay there but could not find any accomadation for week. Thanks for link to web site too...very helpful. Really looking forward to exploring what looks like a beautiful area. Thanks again!

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Thanks a mill for info. Yes will def head to Lakefield, as had hoped to make that our base for the week, but no accomadation for full week.

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7. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Thanks a mill for all the info. Delighted to hear we will be in time for the fall fair season, as this is exactly the kind of thing we enjoy, in villages. Had not heard of the Spindletree Gardens at all, so thanks for that!There seems to be plenty to occupy us, within a 3hr driving radius, and even if we do not get as far as Cornwall, we can leave that to do next time, and base ourselves in Ottawa and Montreal when we next come to visit.

Had looked up both hotels on Trip Advisor, and both seem similar,with similar reviews, except BW is beside river, and there is an option of a river view room.Thanks for letting me know where they were and distance to town. All very helpful.Many thanks!

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8. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Hi Wine-4-2.

Wow! What a lot of info! Thanks a mill, for your very comprehensive reply. It looks like we could maybe do with a few more weeks to explore all in this area! But seems we will be able to see lots within a 3hr drive, and occupy all of our time there. Yes we had thought of splitting the week, and staying in Ottawa, but felt it alone needed at least 3days, and we want to spend as much time with our daughter, and have dinner with her most evenings, as we have not seen her since Christmas. But,if she stays in Canada, we will be back next year, and can then base ourselves in Ottawa, and Montreal for a longer visit.The Kawartha area and Lakefield look lovely, as does Kingston and surrounds. Thank you so much for all the web links, a tremendous help, in planning our trip.

Cheers!

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9. Re: Possible to see all nearby sights on day trips from here?

Hi Cruiseaholic55,

You are very welcome!

YES, Ottawa could certainly merit a longer stay (and I appreciate that you won't have the time on this trip)...

Soooo, I'll be looking forward to hearing from you when you begin to plan you 2010 visit.

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS... As for this part of the world, it really is fantastic, I regularly refer to "my big backyard" as the area that encompasses the mountains of NH, VT and NY, the Laurentians, the 1000 Islands, Algonquin Park and the Muskokas, as I seem to be out there enjoying some aspect of it every weekend in the summertime.

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