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How do I choose a neighbourhood?

Incorporated as a town in 1850, Peterborough has many historical buildings and a variety of architectural styles including Georgian, Regency, and Queen Anne Revival. 

There are a variety of neighbourhoods to choose from, such as the downtown core, along the west side of the Otonabee River. East City (formerly the Village of Ashburnham) is connected to the downtown by the historic Hunter Street bridge. Other neighbourhoods close to the downtown include the Old West End and the Avenues, on the west side of Park Street, and the Teacher’s College area, north of downtown between Parkhill Road and Hilliard Street. Trent University is in the north end of town, and Fleming College is located in the south west end of town.

When searching for a place to stay, you need to consider several factors. What can you afford? Would you rather be downtown, where you can walk to many things, or in a quiet area away from the downtown? Do you need to be close to Trent University or Fleming College? Do you want to be close to a school, park or playground? How large a home do you need?

Location is especially important for families with children. The location of your home will determine which school your children can attend. The distance between your home and the school will also determine whether your children will take the school bus or will need to walk or be driven to school.

You may also want to check if the location of the apartment or house you want to rent is near a bus stop. This is especially important if your family does not own a car. The City of Peterborough Transit System site has more information on bus routes.


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