In parts of the Kawarthas, lush green leaves are starting to turn a fiery red and drop to the ground. As much as you may not like to admit it, fall is just around the corner. You’ve got your winter boat storage booked and may have already started to pack up your water trampolines. But before you lock up the cottage for the season, consider extended the summer fun into the fall by kayaking the picturesque lakes and rivers throughout Peterborough and the Kawarthas.
Kayakers welcome fall with open arms, when the summer sun isn’t as strong and the bugs are gone, making for a more enjoyable day on the water. Paddling can take you to the quieter, off-the-beaten-path waterways that can’t be accessed your your bigger cottage toys. Here are 5 of our favourites (but you can always ask us at the store for more paddling sweet spots).
Located a short drive from Cottage Toys’ Bancroft store location is the ruggedly beautiful Paudash Lake. Towering pines, granite lined shores and the haunting call of the loons who call the lake home make this one of Ontario Highland’s favourite spots for paddlers. Put-in at Paudash Beach and spend the day exploring the lakes many islands.
You are sure to greet a fellow kayaker along the Eels Creek paddling route near Stoney Lake. A long-time favourite destination for local paddlers, Eels Creek is an intermediate route with the longest portage being 162 meters long. Note that it can only be paddled in one direction (starting at the put-in in Haultain along Highway 28).
One of the easiest kayaking loops in Peterborough and the Kawarthas, Little Lake is a favourite place for families to take their children for their first solo kayak in the lakes flat and peaceful waters. There are no portages and your pick of easily accessible put-ins (Beavermead Park, Rogers Cove or the T-wharf by the Art Gallery). If Peterborough is your home-away-from-home for a weekend getaway and you’d like to try kayaking for the first time, stop by our Peterborough location on Charlotte Street to rent a kayak and see why locals make a big deal out of Little Lake.
The blazing fall colours of the maple, oak and birch trees lining Gull River make this kayak route not only a favourite for paddlers, but photographers too. At 110 kilometers long, the Gull River runs from Kawagama Lake in Haliburton to Coboconk, close to where our Balsam Lake store is located. While some paddlers head to Gull River for a quiet flatwater paddling experience, others seek the thrill of a genuine white water adventure at the Minden Wild Water Preserve (the venue for canoe/kayak – slalom competitions of the 2015 Pan Am Games). Choose your own adventure along the Gull – you won’t be disappointed.
A short drive from our Lakefield and Peterborough locations is the Warsaw Caves Conservation Area and the put-in for the Indian River paddling route. Birders flock to this kayak destination because the marshy shores are home to a number of waterfowl. The 5 kilometer route offers plenty of scenic views, like towering gorgeous and tree lined shores. Choose to take-out in Warsaw or paddle back to the Conservation Area to enjoy a picnic or hike the interpretive trails there.
Fall also brings clearance pricing on Cottage Toys’ best selling kayaks, paddles and accessories. And did you know that if you rent a kayak from us, up to $150 of your rental fee can be used towards purchasing a new kayak of your own? Visit one of our stores or call 705-741-2150 for rental program details.