About the City
Only a 30 minute drive from Highway 401, Canada’s busiest highway that connects us to major Canadian and American cities, Peterborough offers quality of life in an affordable, safe and welcoming city. It is a great place to live, work, and raise children. With first-rate educational institutions, the ideal mix of city and country living, the city has been included in several national top 10 lists.
A Thriving Arts, Culture & Heritage CommunityPeterborough has a thriving arts community that reflects the diverse cultural history of its residents. The city has a national reputation in the creative arts. This is evident in its many artists, actors, musicians and writers, and the numerous performance venues including the recently renovated Market Hall. There are many seasonal events each year, including the Peterborough Musicfest, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Peterborough Folk Festival, and many others. For information on free cultural, recreational and entertainment activities in Peterborough please visit the City of Peterborough's Living page.
Some of Peterborough's cultural attractions and landmarks include:
- Peterborough Lift Lock - the highest hydraulic lift lock in the world;
- Market Hall - a community gathering place for almost 120 years, and a landmark of Peterborough's beautiful downtown;
- Trent-Severn Waterway - a National Historic Site of Canada;
- Canadian Canoe Museum - home to the world's largest collection of canoes and kayaks, and full of amazing exhibits.
- The Peterborough Art Gallery – collection includes over 1400 contemporary and historical visual art pieces from Peterborough, Canada and around the world.
- The Peterborough Symphony Orchestra – part of Peterborough’s cultural community for over 40 years, it is renowned as one of Canada’s best community orchestras
- Multicultural Canada Day—Peterborough’s annual celebration of Canada includes multicultural food and cultural performers from all of the nationalities of the people who now call Peterborough home.
For further information please visit the Arts and Culture section of this website.
Downtown Peterborough is the place to go for shopping, food, and to experience the rich cultural life of the city. The area offers a wide variety of cafes and restaurants offering local and international foods. Entertainment venues, galleries, specialty food, live music, and clothing stores fill the downtown area. The Peterborough Downtown Farmers' Market, which sells locally grown foods, takes place every Wednesday from May to October. Throughout the summer there are multiple festivals in the downtown, including the Peterborough Busker’s Festival (June), the Taste of the Downtown (July) and the Peterborough Jazz festival (September).
An Innovative and Growing Business CommunityIf you are looking for a community in which to invest and grow a business, the City of Peterborough has much to offer:
- One of Canada’s leading advanced manufacturing communities for more than 100 years
- An expanding aerospace and aviation sector
- Is an economic driver in the Peterborough area
- A growing research and development sector
- Industrial, commercial, and vacation locations in the Greater Peterborough Area (GPA)
For more information about investing or starting a business in Peterborough, please see the ‘Starting a Business' in Peterborough section of this website.
With multiple athletic facilities, arenas, beaches, wading pools and a free zoo, Peterborough residents have many opportunities to participate in sporting and recreation activities throughout the entire year. The city’s natural setting also provides its residents with a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities, ranging from skating on the Trent Canal, to walking, cycling or just enjoying over 100 parks, trails, and other recreation areas.
For more information about Recreational opportunities in Peterborough see the Recreation section of this website. For information on free recreational activities in Peterborough please visit this website.