Peterborough, Ontario is a beautiful and safe city that really does have it all… You’ll find many of the benefits of big city living to go along with some of the advantages and beauty of our natural world. As you’ll see from browsing this website, there are plenty of things to do and recreational activities for all walks of life, superb health care and excellent schooling from elementary to post secondary.
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The Greater Peterborough Area
According to Statistics Canada, a census done in 2011 found the total metropolitan area of Peterborough (or Greater Peterborough Area) to have a population of close to 120,000. The Greater Peterborough Area consists of 8 municipalities in total, which all have their own towns/communities. It breaks down like this:
Otonabee – South Monaghan
Communities: Assumption, Bailieboro, Bensfort, Bensfort Bridge, Blezard, Cameron, Campbelltown, Drummond, Hall Landing, Indian River, Jermyn, Keene, Lang, Mathers Corners, Pengelly Landing, Pleasant Point, Stewarts Hall, Villiers, Wallace Point and Zion.
Douro – Dummer
Communities: Centre Dummer, Clarina, Cottesloe, Crowes Landing, Donwood, Douro, Five Corners, Galesburg, Gilchrist Bay, Guerin, Hall’s Glen, Juniper Island, McCrackens Landing, South Beach, Young’s Point, South Dummer and Warsaw
Selwyn (formerly Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield)
Communities: Bridgenorth, Chemong Heights, Chemong Park, Connaught Shore, Deer Bay, Emerald Isle, Ennismore, Fife’s Bay, Flood’s Landing, Fowlers Corners, Gannon Beach, Gannon Village, Kawartha Park, Kimberley Park, Lakefield, Selwyn, Selwyn Shores, Stewart Heights, Tera View Heights, Tindle Bay, Victoria Springs, Village Meadowa, Windward Sands, Woodland Acres, Young’s Cove, Young’s Point and Youngstown.
Asphodel – Norwood
Communities: Birdsall, Birdsall Station, Norwood and Westwood
Communities: Buckhorn, Buckhorn Lake Estates, Burleigh Falls, Catchacoma, Crystal Lake, Ewan, Flynns, Fortescue, Kawartha Hideaway, Lakehurst, Mississauga Landing, Mount Irwin, Nogies Creek, Oak Shores Estates, Point Pleasant, Rockcroft and Sugar Bush.
Cavan – Monaghan
Communities: Carmel, Cavan, Cedar Valley, Fraserville, Ida, Millbrook, Mount Pleasant, South Monaghan, Springville and Tapley
Communities: Ashby Mill, Blairton, Blairton Station, Blue Mountain, Chase Corners, Cordova Mines, Freeman Corners, Jack Lake, Havelock, Kasshabog Lake, MacDonald Bay, Nephton, Oak Lake, Preneveau, Round Lake, Rush Point and Vansickle
Communities: Apsley, Big Cedar, Glen Alda, Rose Island, and Woodview.
Peterborough is very easy to get to from many major Ontario cities. From Toronto it’s a simple drive East on the 401 and South on the 115. From our Nation’s Capital in Ottawa it’s a very easy (but somewhat long & boring) drive West along Highway 7
There are also a number of options for public transit to Peterborough from major urban areas. Coach Canada operates out of Peterborough and has routes to and from major cities. You’ll also find regular routes from both Greyhound and Go Transit. Please visit their respective websites for schedules and more information.
As mentioned already, the City of Peterborough is located on the Otonabee river which is part of the Trent Severn Waterway. If you’d like to travel here by boat and are looking for information on lockage fees and lock times of the Trent Severn Waterway, visit Parks Canada.
There is also an airport owned and operated by the City of Peterborough. It recently underwent a major renovation and is now home to the longest paved airport runway (at 7,000 feet) between Toronto and Ottawa. It’s a full service facility and can support narrow body aircrafts like the Boeing 737 or Airbus 320. Click here for more information about the Peterborough Municipal Airport.
The closest major community to Peterborough (in terms of Population) is Lindsay Ontario which is just a 30 minute drive West.
What’s In a Name?
The name Peterborough is in honour of one Peter Robinson who overlooked the very first major immigration to the Peterborough area.
Peterborough has garnered a number of knicknames from local residents, including:
- The Electric City
- Peter Patch
- The Patch
History of Peterborough
It is believed that Woodland Natives inhabited the area from around 1000 BC to 1000 AD. Around 1740 AD it is believed that Iroquois and Mississaugas Natives settled here. Evidence from this era can be found in carvings at Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Serpent Mounds.
The town and area was officially established in 1815 when Adam Scott settled on the Otonabee River and began construction of a sawmill operation. The area was then referred to as Scott’s Plains.
In 1825, close to 2,000 immigrants from Ireland arrived from the city of Cork. This immigration was overseen by Peter Robinson and the name of the area was then changed from Scott’s Plains to Peterborough. It wasn’t until 1850 that Peterborough was officially incorporated into a Town. The population at this time was 2,191.
Peterborough’s first big population growth came later in the 19th Century when it became one of the first places in Canada to generate hydro electrical power. To take advantage of this cheap power resource, large corporations such as GE and America Cereal Company (Formerly Quaker Oats, now Pepsi Co) opened plants within the city creating numerous job opportunities.
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