Camping near Peterborough

Situated in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough is a wonderland of water.

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Villa Vida Loca

2 sites · Lodging10 acres · Brock, ON
Welcome to our cabins in the woods at Villa Vida Loca, in beautiful Sunderland, Ontario! Our tiny cabins are tucked away in the woods on our gorgeous, private 10-acre property in the heart of North Durham. We offer a unique glamping experience with all the benefits of camping, but with a roof over your head, floor under your feet and super cool amenities. Please read our full listings before requesting a booking. If you’re unsure about something, just ask. We’re very laid back, approachable and inclusive people, and can’t wait to welcome you. Nearby We’re surrounded by Beaverton on Lake Simcoe, Port Perry on Lake Scugog and Uxbridge (the Trail Capital of Canada), which are a close driving distance away. Around the corner from us, the Beaver River Wetland Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) is the perfect place for a hike or bike ride. There’s lots of other exciting things to do and see in the surrounding areas – fabulous restaurants, breweries and wineries, top golf courses, beaches, fishing, watersports, agri-tourism experiences, events and more. Upon your arrival, we’ll provide you with an up-to-date list of recommendations based on the season.
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Harmony Resorts - Stoney Lake

9 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Peterborough, ON
You will find our campground amongst the rugged precambrian rocks and windswept pines on the shores of Stoney Lake, the crown jewel of the Kawarthas. Immerse yourself in the wilderness of our pinery sites, or experience the tranquility of our lakeside sites. Enjoy the pristine water as you relax on our private sandy beach or launch a boat to explore the lake’s hundreds of beautiful islands. Stoney Lake is known for its excellent fishing and is home to large populations of bass, walleye, and muskie. Petroglyph Provincial Park, located right across the street is a sacred Indigenous site with the largest known concentration of aboriginal rock carvings in Canada. Explore the excellent hiking trails the park has to offer or visit McGinnis Lake, one of few meromictic lakes in North America. At the end of each day the lullaby of the northern loon will call through the cool night air as you drift off to sleep. We can’t wait to share our place with you!
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Country Retreat

2 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Clarington, ON
Enjoy 50 acres with walking/mountain bike trail, featuring pond with large waterfall, fire pit with wood supplied, several different sitting areas, totally surrounded by bush and farmland. 15 minutes away from historical Port Perry and Bowmanville, Enniskillen, etc. Enjoy the peace full serenity of the country.
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Southern Heights Acres

20 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Peterborough, ON
Our land is very private and beautifully sheltered by trees all around the campsite. There is an open field as well that also has trees on the outskirts. A video is available upon request! Fenella is a small village about 7 min away that has a large convenience/ grocery/Beer store as well as gas stations and Canabis beyond belief ! Go carts, food trucks and the best Butter Tart Factory as well! Warkworth is a town east of us about 20 min and Cobourg is 20 min South of us. Many shopping experiences available. Primrose Donkey Sanctuary is down the road a few minutes which we highly suggest visiting. Look their hours up before planning a visit! We have easy access up our road about 1 km to the Northumberland Trails where you can ride your horses, cycle, ride your ATVs,walk or jog. We have goats and can provide goat walks on our own trails when requested. We raise Organically Fed Pastured Chickens available for purchase as well as Free Range eggs! Dogs are welcome as long as they are constantly on a leash, as we have chickens that free range! We ask that you bring your own water and hydro please. We hosted 35-40 endurance horses and their riders in August of 2022! We welcome tents and all trailers!
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Cottingham property

1 site · RV, Tent43 acres · Kawartha Lakes, ON
43 acres of fields and forest. Beautiful star gazing opportunities and seclusion. Close to Doubes Tressle Bridge. Open area in a forest away from people and everything. No electricity or utilities available. We do live on the property and can assist with anything as necessary. Come enjoy the peace!
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Glamping by Sandy Lake

1 site · Lodging32 acres · Lakehurst, ON
This unique space is steps up from camping. It is located on 32 acres of land with so much to explore and see. What used to be a sheep farm about a century ago is now a hobby farm with plenty of forested area and hiking trails to explore. The large glamping tent has a double futon bed and bunk bed. An indoor fire place, as well as a basic kitchenette with mini fridge, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a porch and outside area with your own fire pit to enjoy and relax (fire wood included). - Like all camping, everything that is brought in must leave with the guest (there is no garbage disposal and for extensive stays we can provide a pass to the local dump) - There is no cleaning provided between guests (no cleaning charge applied), for this reason we ask that you leave the tent in great shape for the next guests arriving. Failure to do so will result in additional fees. - Dogs are welcomed and we can even provide a dog bed on request, but we ask that you pick up after your dog and keep the dog off the beds. If there are other guests in the main cottage exploring the grounds; we just ask that you have a dog leash handy. - You must bring all the essentials, including your cookware and cooking utensils (given the lack of running water) - Guest must bring their own linens/sleeping bags. Pillows and extra blankets are provided. - Guests are encouraged to bring plenty of drinking water, wipes, paper towels, toilet paper and etc. - Buckhorn which is about a 5 min drive away has all the essentials, including a Foodland supermarket, convenience store, LCBO, a few restaurants including take out pizza. - The odd time, the guests may encounter the host and family on the grounds doing maintenance.
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Foresthill Retreat

2 sites · Lodging49 acres · Harcourt, ON
This property used to be a farm until 1912, the glamping site is located far from the house in what used to be a vegetable garden! The glamping tent is well equipped and has everything you need for a cozy comfortable stay including electricity! The outdoor kitchen on site has everything you need to cook a delicious meal. There are also hammocks, an outdoor shower, tables and chairs, and an extremely well-stocked site super clean outhouse. Lots of lakes in the area. General stores and gas within 5 minutes and the Grocery stores are within 15 minutes for all your camping needs. Provincial Parks Nearby: Wolf Island Provincial Park - 10 minutes, Kawartha Highlands Signature Park - 15 minutes, Quackenbush Provincial Park - 25 minutes, Petroglyphs Provincial Park - 30 minutes At night you will hear nothing but frogs, very private and very romantic. We can't wait to host you at Foresthill Retreat!
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Harper hills

18 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Alnwick/Haldimand, ON
Here we have 12 acres of perfectly suited camping grounds. Situated 30 minutes north of the 401 just outside of Roseneath. The sunrises, and sunsets are unreal. Don’t get me started on the stars at nighttime 😍 You’re completely surrounded by nature and all the beauty within it. There is off-roading in the Northumberland trails located just off highway 45 roughly 10km from the site Rice lake is 13km away, there you can do some fishing, swimming, or boating! Horseback riding at Carrick Hill Equestrian Centre located 5km from site Skiing/ snowboarding @Brimacombe Ski hill located 44km from site Welcome! We have so many different spots to choose from and you’re welcome to set up a tent ⛺️ or even bring your trailer/ RV! Looking forward to hosting you!
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Open Sky Glamping Kawartha Dome

1 site · Lodging24 acres · Belleville, ON
Escape to nature in Kawarthas, 2 hours from Toronto. Woodland trails, cycling, star gazing, bird-watching, or immerse in nature's tranquility with the calls of loons and birdsong. Cozy up by the wood-burning stove, and watch the natural world unfold outside. Our spacious dome embraces serenity, inviting you to slow down and savor life's simple joys. Perfect for romantic getaways or adventures with friends. Marmora Retreat's Dome offers a unique and inviting escape like no other. THE SPACE This exceptional 500 sqft dome boasts spacious living quarters and 13' high ceilings adorned with a skylight that invites you to stargaze from the comfort of your cozy queen-size bed. You'll find a fully-equipped kitchenette, complete with a solar-powered fridge and freezer, allowing you to enjoy all the conveniences of home while reducing your ecological footprint. Hang out beneath the bamboo light fixtures, savor meals at the dining area for four, and stay warm by the wood-burning stove on cooler evenings. Eco-conscious guests will appreciate the bathroom featuring a composting toilet, aligning with our commitment to sustainability. With plenty of power outlets and a pull-out couch, the dome accommodates up to four guests, making it ideal for romantic getaways, nature adventures with friends, or peaceful solo retreats. Step outside onto the sprawling 500 sqft deck, where you can relax on comfortable patio furniture while observing local wildlife. A wood-burning hot tub beckons you to unwind beneath the stars, and a cozy fire pit and BBQ offer opportunities for outdoor dining and socializing. A sail shade provides shelter from the elements, and a refreshing outdoor shower completes the outdoor oasis. Marmora Retreat's Dome is entirely off-grid, running on solar power and sustainable heating, allowing you to enjoy modern comforts in harmony with nature. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a nature-filled adventure with friends, or a tranquil solo getaway, our dome promises an unforgettable experience in the embrace of the great outdoors. Come and savor off-grid living at its finest! THIS RETREAT OFFERS Nature View Parking Area Pets Allowed (damage deposit required) Spacious 500 sqft indoor living space. Kitchenette with all you need. Solar-powered fridge and freezer. 13’ high ceilings with a skylight for stargazing. Cozy hanging bamboo light fixtures. Plenty of power outlets. Comfy queen-size bed and pull-out couch. Wood-burning stove. Dining area for 4. Huge viewing window. Bathroom with a composting toilet. A big 1000 sqft deck. Relax with comfy patio furniture and watch wildlife. Outdoor dining for 4. Sail shade for sun or rain. Wood-burning hot tub. Lovely evening lights. Cozy fire pit. Full size BBQ for your cookouts. Refreshing outdoor shower. Guest access Access to BBQ grill & cozy fire pit on the outdoor deck. OTHER THINGS TO NOTE Only 1-2 pets are permitted during your stay at the Dome. Please note that Dome guests do not have access to Marmora Retreat's Farmhouse area, pool, and waterfront dock area. The hot tub may require up to 4 hours to reach optimal temperature, which can vary depending on the outdoor temperature. This year, we've encountered issues with wet wood, affecting our firewood supply. To ensure you have a cozy experience, we kindly request that all guests bring their own dry firewood. While we'll still offer firewood, we regret to inform you that we cannot guarantee its dryness. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Outdoor Fires - based around the Marmora township, all fire warnings are set at the time of your visit. All outdoor fires must be small, controlled and monitored at all times, they must also be put out with water before being left. Sound - after 10:00 pm there is a noise curfew, but even before that you must make sure you are respectful of other guests on the property who come to relax, as well as our neighbors in this quiet countryside region. In the event of any noise rule violations, such as loud music or disturbances after 10:00 PM, a $500 fee will be applied from the deposit. Power - we are on solar energy, embracing an eco-conscious lifestyle. Our off-grid setup ensures that your stay in the Dome is in harmony with nature. The water system operates on a pump-action system. Enjoy a sustainable, peaceful retreat, leaving a lighter impact on the environment during your stay.
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The Kountry Korner Couples Glamping

3 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · Trenton, ON
The Kountry Korner is part of a working farm operation. Goats and chickens roam the property living their best life. The property consists of wooded areas, fields and a 12 acre private lake. Enjoy your private site in the Glamping area. Primitive camping available also.
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Island Spirits

1 site · Tent25 acres · Peterborough, ON
Are you looking to get out of the concrete jungle and away from the noise of the city? Once you board our special all included ferry to the island your adventure starts! Oh, look a loon with her baby on top of her, oh, the call of the loon ! Do you want to daze at the most beautiful, starry nights, cohabitate with many different species of 80 + farm animals on the island? From elusive alpacas to piglets, peacocks, baby goats, mini horse and donkeys and experience picking your own fresh farm organic eggs for your breakfast! Brushing the animals and taking them for a walk! We have 8 solar eco cabins and 25 tenting sites privately situated around the entire island. Have all night campfires and zen while watching the sunrise or the sunset as it dances and shimmers off the lake. Or how about experience using our double sided wood fired famous stone pizza oven it’ll be the best pizza you’ve ever made yourself. We have sand volleyball and badminton courts
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Dragonfly Ridge Rescue Farm

4 sites · Lodging98 acres · ON
Dragonfly Ridge is a 98 acre farm. Our pretty cabins are perfect for folks to enjoy some glamping in the country, on the farm surrounded by friendly animals.  You can arrange to have a tour of the farm and hang out with donkeys, mini horses, llamas, alpacas, pigs, bunnies, sheep, goats, peacocks, ducks and chickens.  We have a lovely pond, and acres of forest you can explore.  Our farm is on a quiet country road where you can take a walk and enjoy the peace and quiet and connect with nature and one another without the distractions of wifi, street noises or city lights. We are within minutes of the Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park with all there is to see and do there, such as hiking, paddling, exploring, swimming.  We have a fire pit where you can enjoy a spectacular night sky unimpeded by any other lights. The cabin has electricity, lights, electric fireplace for heat. In the cabin we have a double bed, a table and 2 chairs, a two-burner stove with oven, a washing up station. Fall asleep listening to owls call and wolves howling in the distance.  Wake to the sounds of the animals on the farm, you may even be able to arrange to gather your own eggs for breakfast! We are confident you won't want to leave the farm, but in case you choose to explore beyond our 98 acres there is lots to still see and do within only a short drive. We are located close to Buckhorn, where you can explore more lakes, pick your own berries or visit pumpkin patches, pick up groceries or enjoy the restaurants in Buckhorn.  Also, in nearby Bobcaygeon you can find world-class shopping and dining, parks, beaches, festivals, a heritage village, and even more lakes. One hour north of us is Haliburton, with the Haliburton Forest and Wolf visitation Centre, Sir Sam's ski resort, shops and restaurants, and Sir Sandford Fleming's college of Fine Arts. Lakefield is only 35 minutes away offering shopping, a world famous literary festival, fine dining, and antique shows most weekends. Trent University is only 40 minutes south, in Peterborough where you can watch Peterborough Petes play hockey, attend free music festivals in the summer months, experience the best restaurants around, shop, see a movie, watch the boats in the Lift Locks, a World Heritage, visit the canoe museum, skate on the canal, and much more.
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Camping near Peterborough guide

Overview

This small city in Central Ontario is the perfect jumping-off point to explore “bright waters and happy lands”—the literal meaning of the Kawarthas, a string of nearby glacier-carved lakes. But you’ll find plenty to do in town, too. Both the Otonabee River and the canals of the Trent-Severn Waterway (which links Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario) wind right through Peterborough. The former is lined with good beaches, while the latter runs through the world’s tallest lift lock. Downtown’s Del Crary Park, on the waters of Little Lake, rocks with a summer music festival.

Where to go

The second-largest provincial park in Ontario, Kawartha Highlands offers a wilderness experience, just an hour north of Peterborough. Backcountry campsites are available, accessed only by canoe. Hike through the Canadian shield or paddle along six recommended routes (maps are available in the park office), and spot osprey, great blue herons, and loons, whose distinctive and beautiful call will lull you to sleep at night. 

Beavermead Park

A city park with 95 sites, Beavermead offers camping right in the heart of town. Head to the beach to swim, build sandcastles or play some beach volleyball, or grab a canoe or kayak and paddle under the Centennial Fountain in Little Lake, which shoots 75 metres into the air. And you can explore on two wheels, too, along the Rotary Greenway Trail, which runs right through the park, stretching seven kilometers past the beaches at Rogers Cove, all the way along the river to Trent University.

Less than 20 minutes northwest of Peterborough, the calm waters of the Pigeon River here are favourite for families. Swimming is shallow, and warm, and it’s a perfect place to learn canoeing—you can rent one at the park store. And fishing, too—the river is filled with walleye, bass, and big muskies.

This park really is quiet—the namesake lake doesn’t allow any boat with a motor. It’s all very peaceful and self-contained—the campgrounds connect to two sandy beaches, two mountain bike loops (one 11 kilometres in length, the other 17), plus a series of hiking trails, including one that circumnavigates the lake.  

When to go

Summers in this corner of Southern Ontario are hot, well-suited to all sorts of aquatic adventures, and you’ll find the best swimming in these deep, cold lakes in July and August. In fall, the foliage changes to red, orange and gold, and if you’re okay with chilly nights, the camping can stretch through September and October, which are mostly mosquito-free. Winters are cold but rewarding for those who love skiing, snowshoeing, and ice-skating, perhaps on the frozen canal.   

Know before you go

  • With big-city Toronto just 90 minutes down the road, parks can get busy and campgrounds book up quickly in summer—the wise book well in advance.
  • Pick up the region’s freshest produce at one of two farmer’s markets: one downtown that runs on Wednesdays, the other near the Memorial Centre arena on Saturdays.
  • While there’s a comprehensive public transit system in the city, you’ll need a car to travel beyond city limits.

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