Peterborough, a eco-friendly, university town nestled in the Kawarthas region, is a laid back yet vibrant place to visit, located between Toronto and Ottawa. It’s home to an exciting arts scene including performing arts and a nightlife with a focus on live musicians.

Peterborough is also home to a unique museum with an impressive collection of canoes.  
Thanks to being situated in the Kawarthas, Peterborough has several natural spaces to explore, both within as well as outside the city, with hikes and trails to follow if you’re looking to get outdoors. It’s also a good place to set up as a basecamp for further exploring the region. 

Where is Peterborough?

Peterborough is located in the Kawarthas region in Ontario, between Toronto and Ottawa. 

You can reach Peterborough by car or catch a bus from Toronto or Ottawa — both the cities are easily accessible by flights from Canada and internationally. 

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Things to Do in Peterborough

Peterborough is home to a thriving arts culture. Downtown Peterborough is the perfect spot for live performances or a super-tasty meal.

There are also a number of interesting museums and impressive art galleries for checking out contemporary and historical art from around Peterborough, as well as Canada.  

How much do you think you know about canoeing? However much it is, you’ll learn WAY MORE at the Canadian Canoe Museum, home to the largest collection of this kind in the world. 

If natural exploration is something you are inclined towards, Peterborough does not disappoint. The city itself is extremely green, and there are a number of hikes and trails in and around the city. Try out a trail created from the abandoned railroad tracks, Rotary Trail, along the Otonabee River. Other fun activities include taking a cruise to the Peterborough Lift Lock or the Trent Severn Waterway. However, if you really want to immerse yourself in the Kawarthas, Peterborough can be a wonderful basecamp to travel to the several parks and lakes around the region. Start from Peterborough before heading to the cottages nearby, or before heading out into longer trails. 

Peterborough Neighbourhoods & Districts

As it is known as a university town, Peterborough has a youthful vibe. However, the downtown core also has its own character - being the hub of leisure and artistic performances. Here is a list of some of the neighbourhoods and areas of the city.

Downtown Peterborough

Home to most of the nightlife, eateries and places to shop in the city, Downtown Peterborough is where you will likely be spending a lot of time as a first-time visitor.

East City, Peterborough

A neighbourhood that has its own charm and is well-located, East City, Peterborough is close to trails, downtown, as well as the Little Lake. 

Kawartha Heights

A quiet residential neighbourhood close to the highway in Peterborough. 

Hospital Area

Hospital Area is an upscale neighbourhood with a lot of greenery and old architecture.

Old West End

A well maintained residential neighbourhood with older architecture, Old West End in Peterborough is also located very close to the downtown area.

Things to Know About Visiting Peterborough

Whether you’re still in the planning stages or you’re already on your trip to Peterborough, it’s nice to learn what the locals know about the city.

Little-known fact

The hit TV Show “Murdoch Mysteries” has been filmed in Peterborough. 

Hidden gem

Connect with nature at The Children’s Garden at Ecology Park, a 2 hectare park featuring opportunities for hands-on learning about making the world a greener place, including a cedar maze, “green” playhouse and interactive gardens. 

Where to listen to live music

Musicfest in Peterborough is Canada’s longest running admission free concert series.