Millbrook Valley Trails, Pond and Downtown
This is, by far, my favourite location in the Kawartha Lakes region. I have been visiting this park since I was a child. I have photographed my own family there many times, and am delighted to introduce the couples I work with to its charm as a location for engagement or wedding pictures. Located only 15 minutes from Peterborough, this area features an open picnic area alongside the Millbrook Pond, perfect for young children and dogs to run and play. Year-round there are families of ducks and geese who call this region home, and their presence adds a certain charm to your portraits -- just watch your step! Less than a minute from the parking lot is are entrances to two trail systems. One, Mead's Mountain, leads you through a forest and up a steep incline to a beautiful lookout point. The other trail winds through the meadows and marshland. It can be very muddy in the springtime, so bring your hiking boots!
Within walking distance is Millbrook's main street which has been the set of many movies filmed by Toronto corporations due to its historical significance and antiquated charm. Most of the buildings are original structures, with no modifications or modern updates to the exterior. I love a classic red brick wall or a winding black wrought-iron staircase as a textured background for engagement portraits. In the winter, the street has lovely decor hung on each lamppost, giving a bit of small-town seasonal context.
Best Season to Visit? Year-round.
Privacy Level? Excellent. Set well back from the road, and rarely populated.
Permit Required? No.
Parking Fee? No