More than a century ago, First Nations people named the region surrounding modern-day Peterborough “Kawartha” — a Mississauga word meaning “bright waters and happy lands”. It still remains a fitting description of the area today as visitors will see why Outdoor Canada Magazine recently named Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes one of Canada’s Top 10 places to live and fish.
Year round, visitors seeking a variety of unique experiences will discover that Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes offer a multitude of exciting and diverse opportunities. The Trent-Severn Waterway passes through the large hydraulic-lift lock, a major landmark in Peterborough. Learn all about how the locks work in the visitor center
In Peterborough visitors will find first-rate accommodations, restaurants for all tastes, conference facilities, unique places to shop, live music, theatre, heritage –such as the National Canadian Canoe Museum, — cultural events and a wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities. A premier event is the Peterborough Musicfest awarded Attractions Canada No. 1 Provincial Cultural Event in 2001. The festival is a series of free concerts presented every Wednesday and Saturday evenings in July and August in downtown Peterborough on the shores of Little Lake. Take the water taxi at the bottom of King Street, or rent a kayak or canoe to discover the area from the water — from downtown, go to the beach, the marina, the waterway locks, the parks, or the Festival of Lights. Or rent a bicycle and take a close-up relaxed tour of the area on cycle trails, including the Trans-Canada Trail.
Discovering the area’s many picturesque communities and lakes is an adventure with a wide variety of possibilities. Agricultural fairs and exhibitions, antique shops, artist studio tours, native galleries, rural experiences, hiking and cycling trails, wilderness wonders for canoe, kayak, and camping, boating the Trent Severn Waterway, fishing for pickerel, bass and carp for example, visiting parks such as Warsaw Caves, Serpent Mounds and Petroglyphs, skiing and snowmobiling — these are a few examples for the touring motorist or outdoors lover.
Peterborough in Figures
The Greater Peterborough Area has a population of about 130,000 people. About 74,000 people live in the City of Peterborough.
Peterborough’s most prevalent ethnic origins are English, Canadian, Irish, Scottish, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Aboriginal and Ukrainian.