Helping Grow Tourism for Kawarthas Northumberland


By 2026, Kawarthas Northumberland communities will be recognized as one of the leading travel destinations in Ontario for experiencing soft outdoor and rural adventure connecting Canadian waterway heritage.


Kawarthas Northumberland will be a destination that drives its visitor economy with balanced and purposeful year-round visitation that meets our current and future capacity and community development needs.



RTO8 exists to support a competitive and sustainable regional tourism industry, attract visitors, generate economic activity and create jobs. We work with industry partners to build up the Kawarthas Northumberland region through experience development, investment, marketing, and workforce development


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RTO8 announces support for tourism recovery in Kawarthas Northumberland

For Immediate Release: October 5th, 2022 (Hastings, Ontario) RTO8 delivers $2.8-million for 37 businesses, through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, to attract visitors and support future growth. Today, Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RTO8) announced support for 37 tourism businesses and organizations in Kawarthas Northumberland to recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth. Click the link above to read more.

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Kawarthas Northumberland Visitor Information Centre Officially Opens in Hastings, Ontario

For Immediate Release May 26, 2022 (Hastings, Ontario) – Through the support of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, RTO8 is pleased to open Ontario’s first-ever Regional Tourism Organization (RTO) operated Visitor Information Centre. Click the link above to read more.

Partnership Allocation Program

RTO8 has now closed applications for the 2022-23 Partnership Allocation Program. Please be advised that the 2023-24 fiscal year’s Partnership Allocation Program will open for applications in March 2023. Click the title or image on the left to learn more about this past year’s program. Updated program guidelines and application materials will be available in 2023.

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Acceler8—Leading Business Towards Success

Regional Tourism Organization (RTO8) is pleased to offer Acceler8, a community based Business Mentoring Program This program is geared to existing tourism sector businesses within the Kawarthas Northumberland region. The tourism industry was one of the hardest hit by the pandemic and as we focus on recovery, we believe a mentoring program can help your business rebuild and achieve business growth.

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Taste of the Trent-Severn Waterway Culinary Program

Calling all Culinary Providers within Kawarthas Northumberland. We’re reaching out to all food & beverage producers and providers within Kawartha Lakes, Peterborough City and County and Northumberland County to get creative and showcase a culinary product created to commemorate the 101st anniversary of through navigation on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada.

Are You a Trail Town Friendly Business?

If you a consumer facing business located within 2km of one of the 9 Trent-Severn Trail Town (TSTT) communities, the answer should be YES! Sign up today so your businesses can start to benefit from the TSTT program and its marketing initiatives. Click the logo on the left to view the criteria and to submit an application.


Trail Towns with Amy Camp

Trail Town ideas and success stories from Amy Camp of Cycle Forward.

Destination Canada Tips and Tricks

This video series by Destination Canada is designed to help Canadian tourism business get the most out of their marketing efforts, reach travellers and remain competitive. The quick tutorials feature Destination Canada team members sharing their expertise.

Let's Talk Tourism Video Series

These videos will teach tourism businesses how to leverage their DMO & RTO8 for best results.