Peterborough & the Kawarthas Winner of Water Ways Destination of the Year

Peterborough & the Kawarthas Winner of Water Ways Destination of the Year

Water Ways TV named Peterborough & the Kawarthas its first-ever winner of the Water Ways Destination of the Year award, an annual prize that recognizes communities that deliver world class boating experiences and are committed to making memories on the water. The show, which launched in 2022, is designed specifically with boaters in mind, taking them to exciting destinations.

“We genuinely believe that some memories can’t be made on land,” says Steven J. Bull,  executive producer and host of Water Ways TV. “Peterborough & the Kawarthas caught our  eye in 2024 by welcoming the newest base for world’s largest fleet of luxury houseboats, Le  Boat, while also opening the stunning new waterfront Canadian Canoe Museum which  houses the world’s largest collection of paddled watercraft. These incredible boat-based  attractions add to the already storied history of the region which features the world’s  highest hydraulic lift lock and some of the most beautiful and popular waters along the  entire 9,500 kilometre-long ‘Great Loop.’ This certainly sets the bar high!” 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers a unique mix of vibrant city life, rolling farmland and a series of lakes and rivers that have helped shape the region’s history in Ontario.

“This recognition appropriately celebrates Peterborough & the Kawartha’s thriving boating culture, which has  for decades motivated locals and visitors alike to take to its waters to explore the region’s  natural beauty and wealth of recreational opportunities on oker,” says Hon. Neil Lumsden, Ontario’s minister of tourism, culture and sport. “I am proud that Water Ways: Ontario will showcase the best boating destinations across our province and the small business owners and operators that continue to connect us to the water, benefitting  local economies and reinforcing Ontario’s reputation as a choice destination for endless adventure.” 

Peterborough & the Kawarthas will have an entire episode dedicated to it’s waters in the new series coming in September 2024. To learn more about Water Ways, visit

Joe Rees, Director of Tourism with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development
Hon. Neil Lumsden, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Steven Bull, Host and Executive Producer of Water Ways TV 
Bonnie Clark, Peterborough County Warden 
Dave Smith, MPP, Peterborough-Kawartha
Jeff Leal, Mayor of Peterborough

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