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Peterborough is a city on the Otonabee River in Central Ontario, Canada, 125 kilometres (78 mi) northeast of Toronto. Peterborough is known as the gateway to the Kawarthas, “cottage country”, a large recreational region of the province. It is named in honour of Peter Robinson, an early Canadian politician who oversaw the first major immigration to the area. The city is the seat of Peterborough County.

In 1818, Adam Scott settled on the west shore of the Otonabee River. The following year he began construction of a sawmill and gristmill, establishing the area as Scott’s Plains. The mill was located at the foot of present-day King Street and was powered by water from Jackson Creek.  Peter Robinson, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada and a prominent businessman from York, Upper Canada was the man who took on the emigration plan of 1825. Scott’s Plains was renamed Peterborough in his honour.  In 1845, Sandford Fleming, inventor of Standard Time and designer of Canada’s first postage stamp, moved to the city to live with Dr. John Hutchison and his family, staying until 1847. Dr. John Hutchison was one of Peterborough’s first resident doctors. The first major events of the 20th Century in Peterborough occurred in 1904.The first occurrence was the completion of the Peterborough Lift Lock is a boat lift located on the Trent Canal in the city.  For most of its life, the lock’s dual lifts were the highest hydraulic boat lifts in the world, raising boats 65 ft (20 m). This was a considerable accomplishment in the first years of the 20th century, when conventional locks usually only had a 7 ft (2.1 m) rise.

Peterborough’s nickname in the distant past was “The Electric City” as it was the first town in Canada to use electric streetlights. It also underscores the historical and present-day importance of technology and manufacturing as an economic base of the city, which has operations from large multi-national companies such as Siemens, Rolls Royce, and General Electric, and more local technology businesses such as Dynacast and Bryston. Electricity was one of the reasons Quaker Oats moved to the city, and as part of PepsiCo, remains a major fixture in the downtown area to this day.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas offer several attractions. The region is host to an array of museums, cultural exhibitions, indoor and outdoor galleries and theatres.  Del Crary Park is a large urban greenspace on Little Lake, located in close proximity to downtown Peterborough. Free outdoor events and concerts are held here during the summer months, including the international Peterborough Musicfest.  Other attractions include:  Liftlock and River Boat Cruise, Showplace Performance Centre, a 647-seat performance facility, Canadian Canoe Museum, The Riverview Park & Zoo, The Peterborough Memorial Centre, the home of the Peterborough Petes, of the Ontario Hockey League, and The Peterborough Skateboard park, one of the largest skateboard parks in Ontario, to name a few.

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City of Peterborough –

Weather –

Peterborough Examiner Newspaper –

Peterborough This Week –

Peterborough & The Kawarthas –

Public Library –


Peterborough Utilities Group (water & electric) –

Union Gas –

Direct Energy –


The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board (KPRDSB) –

The Peterborough Victoria Northumberland County Catholic District School Board –

Private Schools

Lakefield College School –

Trinity College School –

Rhema Christian School –

Kawartha Montessori School –

Heritage Christian School –

Arrowsmith School –


Colleges & Universities

Trent University –

Fleming College –

Kawartha Lakes Bible College –


Health Care Connect
Phone: 1-800-445-1822
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor.  People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community.  Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822


Telehealth Ontario 
Phone: 1-866-797-0000


Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) or call their info line at 1-866-532-3161

Peterborough Public Health –


Hospitals & Clinics


Peterborough Regional Health Centre –

Peterborough Clinic –

The Medical Centre –


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