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

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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

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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.

February 22nd, 2017 | Video Workshop

Video Workshop Thursday, February 22nd, 2017  |  9:30am – 12:30pm At the Holiday Inn, Peterborough: 150 George Street, Peterborough, ON, K9J2G5 Limited Seats – Currently taking a waitlist. Call Sarah for more information: 705-874-8505 x. 102 Do you feel your organization isn’t doing everything it could to reach its potential audience? In this introductory session, let … Read more