- City Guide - Peterborough
Peterborough is a city on the Otonabee River in central Ontario, Canada, 125 and has a population of 78,698 people. Peterborough is known as "cottage country", and was named in honour of Peter Robinson, an early Canadian politician who was part of the first major immigration to the area.
First Nations groups inhabited the area as far back as 11,000 years ago. Woodland Natives moved into the area circa 1000 BCE - 1000 CE, followed by Iroquois and Mississaugas circa 1740. In 1818, Adam Scott settled on the west shore of the Otonabee River, and began construction of a saw mill and gristmill the following year - located at the foot of what is now King Street.
There are the many successful Peterborough-based businesses serving local, national and international markets indlucing; Pepsico Foods (Quaker), General Electric, FisherCast Global, Siemens Milltronics, Minute Maid and SGS Lakefield Research.
Peterborough is known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful setting. The city offers everything from a multitude of recreational opportunities, to a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care and excellent schools.
Springtime in Peterborough is home to maple syrup festivals, sugar bush tours and is the beginning of fishing season. During the summer there are a large number of outdoor activities including water activities, theatre & musical entertainment, and golfing - on more than a dozen courses. The area boasts a number of fairs and festivals in autumn, and during the winter months visitors and residents alike enjoy skating on the canal before warming up with hot chocolate from one of Peterbrough’s premier restaurants.
Whether you're looking for an outdoor adventure, or a relaxing holiday – come let Peterborough dazzle you with its own brilliant personality!