For Immediate Release
Tuesday 16 May, 2017


PETERBOROUGH, ON – The quintessentially Canadian butter tart just got even more Canadian. This morning, members of the media got an exclusive taste-test of some of the new flavours in the Canadiana Collection. The Trudeau, Rick Mercer, the Nanaimo Bar, Stompin’ Tom, True North, Cavan Blazer, Canada 150, the Lumberjack, the Goose, Maple Ice Wine, S’more and the Maple Bacon Goat Cheese are just a few of the new flavours now available along the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour.

Entering its fifth year, the Butter Tart Tour is the biggest of its kind in Ontario, with over 50 participating bakeries. The tour is self-guided and open year-round. Visitors and locals are encouraged to resurrect the road trip and plan to visit the bakeries along the tour for a taste of their tarts.

“Today we’re excited to reveal the new Canadiana Collection,” said Brenda Wood, Executive Director of Kawarthas Northumberland. “We’ve got 29 new flavours, and we’re thrilled to have 15 bakeries with samples here today. The variety is amazing and we invite everyone to come to Kawarthas Northumberland and taste for themselves.”

In true Canadian fashion, the tarts arrived by canoe which had paddled along the Trent-Severn Waterway to the Silver Bean Cafe.  Paddlers from the Canadian Canoe Museum were outfitted in traditional Voyageur garb and transferred the precious cargo of tarts to Stu Harrison, an avid butter tart fan and GM of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

The tasting this morning was exclusive to members of the media. They came. They saw. They tasted. They tasted again, and again. Visit to download the tour map and use the “Plan Your Trip” tool to create your own getaway to explore the Trent-Severn Waterway, great cycle routes, trails, fishing, resorts, culinary experiences, and much more within the region.  Use the hashtag #ButterTartTour and follow @ButterTartTour on Facebook and Twitter and @PerfectWknds on Instagram for updates and information.



Brenda Wood
Executive Director
RTO8 | Kawarthas Northumberland
Direct Tel: 705-874-6565
Mobile: 905-376-5364

Read all about it in the KawarthaNow article here.

OCTA | Do Something Delicious Newsletter | April 20th, 2017

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Perfect Weekend: Lakefield to Buckhorn

Haven’t heard of Selwyn township? You should have. This pretty little place is a township in the Kawarthas with Lakefield at its heart. It’s water-lovers paradise. From lazy rivers to paddling to lakeside walks, there’s seemingly endless ways to explore Ontario’s fresh water adventures here.

Looking for a place to stay? For those not camping, we recommend using Elmhirst Resort as a home base to explore the region. It’s a little out of the way, but it will give you chance to explore Peterborough and the surrounding area as well!

  1. Lazy River Tubing in Kawartha Highlands Provincial Park. Purchase tickets from the Buckhorn Tourist Welcome Centre then head to the edge of Kawarthas Highlands Provincial Park where you can have a peaceful float down the Mississauga River. At the end of the lazy river, there is also a waterfall where you can swim. If you’re travelling with kids, you will also be given a list of items at the end of the tubing experience for a scavenger hunt to find for the 600m walk to the start of the river. The items on this list describe how aboriginals used various items in nature for medicine and their livelihood.
  2. After a relaxing float down the Mississauga River, try a fun interactive wine tasting at Kawartha County Wine. As a fruit winery and cidery you can go in to try a wide variety of beverages. Your host will hand you a glass (many glasses!) as you try and guess which type of fruit is used in the wine!
  3. Next, make sure to stop by Burleigh Falls. Head south toward Lakefield and make a stop to see cascades of water that are formed between Lovesick Lake and Lower Buckhorn Lake.
  4. For lunch or (and!) dinner, stop by The Canoe and Paddle. This gastropub is know for local beers and replaced a local favourite –Hamblin’s Family Restaurant & Pizza & Ice Cream Parlour which once occupied this location for 27 years.
  5. For dessert, head to the Chocolate Rabbit. This chocolate and tea shop craft a wide variety of chocolates and create their own loose leaf teas. Enjoy a truffle and a cup of tea in their Mad Hatter Lounge.”


TIAO Industry Newsletter | April 20th, 2017

Read the full TIAO Industry Newsletter here.

Regional Ambassador Training Sessions (Kawarthas Northumberland / RTO8)
Join us for a half-day of learning about what it takes to be a Regional Ambassador and the tools you can use to stay up to date on what our region has to offer.  Meet other people who share your interest in encouraging visitors to stay longer, explore farther and spend more during their visit.  Help grow tourism by becoming an Ambassador! Read more.

Annual Partner Meeting & Marketplace

  Schedule of Events 9:00am           Tourism Partner Registration Opens. Partner Marketplace is open until after lunch. 9:45am           Those who book the Boat Cruise, head down to Del Crary Park. 10:00am         Boat Cruise with Liftlock Cruises departs, and returns by 11:30 AM. 11:30am     … Read more

Regional Ambassador Training

We’re looking for front line staff and operators from your business who are passionate about living in Kawarthas Northumberland and want to share that enthusiasm with visitors. Join us for a half-day of learning about what it takes to be a Regional Ambassador and the tools you can use to stay up to date on what … Read more

Call for Nominations: Board Directors for RTO8

The application deadline has now passed. Please join us at our Annual Partner Meeting on June 14th at the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront. CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR REGIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION 8 Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RTO8) is a provincially recognized not-for-profit tourism partnership between The City and County of Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and … Read more

Butter Tart Tour Industry Meeting

Join us in celebrating Canada’s 150th and create a “Canadiana” Flavour Butter Tart for our collection. The new flavours and locations will be featured throughout the year through our marketing, social media and website! Meet other bakers and find out more about our Butter Tart Tour plans for this year. We’ll cover: – The 150th Canadiana … Read more

TIAO Newsletter | March 8th, 2017

Read the TIAO Newsletter from March 8th, 2017.

Province Provides $203,206 for Indigenous Business Initiatives (Northern Ontario Business)
Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek will receive $100,000 for a mixed-use highway commercial development plan, which includes identifying businesses and services best suited for the geographical area.

Eabametoong First Nation will receive $36,952, which will be applied to train and build capacity for entrepreneurs in the cultural tourism sector. Read more.