The Kawarthas or Kawartha Lakes region of Ontario is located one to two hours by car (depending where in the region you are travelling) North-East of Toronto, and is considered part of Central-East Ontario. This is one of Ontario's prime cottage and vacation areas, encompassing the County of Peterborough and the City of Kawartha Lakes (formerly Victoria County) and is encircled by Durham region and Haliburton, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties.
The Kawartha Lakes is a region that, as the name suggests, includes many lakes -- in fact hundreds of lakes and rivers, and offers some of Ontario's best sport and recreational fishing. The region attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, mostly during the Spring to Autumn months, who come to cottages and resorts in the area, or to some of the many hotels, motels, inns and excellent campgrounds. There is year round activity, though, including fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, golf, festivals, museums, cultural and historic attractions, shopping and more.
(Greater Peterborough Region consists of the Counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton and the City of Kawartha Lakes with a combined population nearing 300,000) swells from May - October with seasonal residents and visitors, although young people will probably find the best night life during the school year when thousdands of Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College students make Peterborough their home.
The City of Peterborough is considered the hub of the Kawarthas, as well as being the regions major business, education, cultural, and health care centre. This is a varied community -- a retirement city, but at the same time a university and college city. A permanent population of approximately 80,000
The city of Peterborough is reachable by Greyhound intercity bus services from Toronto (8 times a day) and Ottawa (approx. 2X a day). Otherwise, the car is your best, or only, bet to visiting the Kawarthas.
Highway 28 forms a central spine through the Kawarthas and attractions such as Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Stoney Lake are easily accessible from the highway.