Facts about Peterborough

  • Peterborough is located in South Eastern Ontario, on the northeastern edge of the Greater Golden Horseshoe and is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine
  • The Greater Peterborough Area is comprised of the City of Peterborough and eight municipalities within the County of Peterborough
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas is ideally situated along the Trent-Severn Waterway
  • Peterborough is home to the highest hydraulic Lift Lock in the world, Lock 21.
  • There are over 134 lakes in the Peterborough region
  • There are over 300 festivals and events in the summer months alone
  • Peterborough was named after Peter Robinson, an early Canadian politician who oversaw the first major immigration to the area.
  • Nicknames: The Electric City, The Patch, P-Dot, Peterpatch
  • First Nations people came to the area 11,000 years ago, there are two notable sites surviving from this era, Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Serpent Mounds.
  • Samuel de Champlain travelled through this area along Chemong Lake, portaging down an area that is now Chemong Road in Peterborough
  • In 1845 Sanford Fleming, inventor of Standard Time, and the designer of Canada’s first postage stamp move to Peterborough and lived with Dr. John Hutchison and family (one of Peterborough’s first resident doctors)
  • In the late 1850’s, the canoe building industry grew in the area, and the Peterborough Canoe Company was founded in 1893
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas is well known for its music scene, and has been home to bands and musicians such as I Mother Earth, The Spades, Thousand Foot Krutch, Rick Fines, Jimmy Bowskill, Birthday Boys, Three Days Grace, Sebastian Bach, Rockin’ Ronnie Hawkins, Serena Ryder and Washboard Hank to name a few
  • The Peterborough Petes are the longest continuously operating team in the Ontario Hockey League
  • The Peterborough Pete’s have produced a record number of NHL players, such as Eric & Jordan Staal, Mike Fisher, Chris Pronger, Steve Yzerman, Tie Domi, Bob Gainey and coaches such as Scotty Bowman, Roger Neilson and Mike Keenan.
  • Population: County of Peterborough 58,816, City of Peterborough 81,084, Total 139,000
  • Education: Trent University and Sir Sanford Fleming College are located in Peterborough

Source: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is a division of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation       


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