Peterborough was the first city in Canada to use electric streetlights – hence its nickname, the “Electric City.” But it’s actually more famous for its numerous iconic landmarks. Start your visit with a walk through the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, home to the largest known concentration of indigenous rock carvings in the country. You’ll also be fascinated by the stunning McGinnis Lake, one of the few lakes in Canada where the layers of water don’t intermix.

See a different side of the nation’s history at the family-friendly Canadian Canoe Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of kayaks, canoes, and paddled watercraft. Take a trip back in time to a 19th-century village at the outdoor museum, the Lang Pioneer Village. Or check out the oldest underground jungle gym in the province, the Warsaw Caves, which formed 12,000 years ago.

Free admission is one of the perks of the year-round Riverview Park and Zoo, where you can take the whole family to visit more than 45 species of animals and let the kids run wild in its diverse outdoor playgrounds. Pack a picnic or go kayaking in Jackson Park, or check out the city’s public art gallery where you can also sign up for workshops or browse for unique handmade gifts.