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Overview of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Peterborough is a city in central-eastern Ontario, Canada, northeast of Toronto. Peterborough is a gateway to the 'cottage country' of the Kawarthas, a large recreational region of the province. The Trent-Severn Waterway passes through Peterborough and includes the Peterborough Lift Lock, the world`s largest hydraulic lift lock.

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  • Population: 74 600 (2001)
  • Population Density: 1 218.9/km²
  • Area: 58.61 km²
  • Latitude: 44°N
  • Longitude: 79°W
  • Weather: See forecast
  • Elevation: 195 msl
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Peterborough, Ontario

Peterborough was incorporated as a town in 1850 (population 2,191). Beginning in the late 1850`s, a substantial canoe building industry grew up in and around Peterborough. The Peterborough Canoe Company was founded in 1893, with the factory being built on the site of the original Adam Scott mill. The period from 1928-36 saw the establishment of the Johnson Motor Company/Outboard Marine as an outgrowth of the original industry. Canoe building remained significant there until the early 1960`s.

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Peterborough's Demographics

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Peterborough's Climate

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Education in Peterborough, Ontario

Peterborough`s English language public elementary and secondary schools are part of the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board. With two post secondary institutions, Trent University and Fleming College, Peterborough has a lot to offer in education.

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Transportation around Peterborough, Ontario

The City of Peterborough, Ontario has its own transit services through Peterborough Transit.

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Tourism and Attractions of Peterborough

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Surrounding Communities

  • Peterborough
  • Gores Landing
  • Taits Beach
  • Pengelly Landing
  • Pengelley Landing
  • Bailieboro
  • Hall LAnding
  • Harwood
  • Alderville
  • Roseneath
  • Dunette Landing
  • Little Germany
  • Robin Landing
  • McCracken Landing
  • Hastings
  • Birdsalls Station
  • Birdsalls
  • Villiers
  • Blezard
  • Jermyn
  • Cameron
  • Indian River
  • Guerin
  • Five Corners
  • Woodland Acres
  • Terraview Heights
  • Village Meadows
  • Donwood
  • Assumption
  • Cold Springs
  • Stewarts Hall
  • Wallace Point
  • Bensfort
  • South Monaghan
  • Hiawatha
  • Mathers Corners
  • Keene
  • Lang
  • Woodview
  • Tindle Bay
  • Bewdley
  • Fenella
  • Gores Landing
  • Norwood
  • Westview
  • South Drummer
  • Cottesloe
  • Warsaw
  • Douro
  • Lakefield

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Geography of Peterborough, Ontario

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Peterborough's Government

Peterborough is governed by the Mayor and 10 Councillors, who hold weekly meetings. The Mayor acts as Chairman of the Council meetings.

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Peterborough's Economy and Industry

Peterborough was one of the first places in the country to begin generating hydro electrical power (even before Niagara). Companies like Edison General Electric Company (later Canadian General Electric) and America Cereal Company (later to become Quaker Oats), opened to take advantage of this new cheap resource. Manufacturing is the biggest local industry with General Electric and Quaker Oats maintaining large operations in Peterborough. Today GE, PepsiCo, Siemens and numerous smaller manufacturing companies are seeing significant growth.

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Peterborough's Culture and Significant Events

Peterborough has many festivals and events, such as the Summer Festival of Lights, an annual free concert series & fireworks, Wednesdays & Saturdays from June to August at Del Crary Park. The Festival of Trees an annual fundraiser in support of local healthcare built around a show of decorated Christmas trees in November at the Memorial Centre. The Peterborough Folk Festival is an annual three-day music and community festival, featuring free all-day outdoor event with five stages and is usually held the last weekend in August.

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Sports in Peterborough, Ontario

Peterborough is well known for its hockey teams, including the Peterborough Petes of the junior level OHL. The Petes have sent a significant number of players on to play in the NHL. Figure skating is another popular winter sport in Peterborough.

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Media of Peterborough

The Peterborough Examiner is the main local newspaper that is published daily and provides residents with local and world news. Peterborough This Week is a free tabloid-style paper and is delivered to most homes in Peterborough County. Peterborough is home to two local television stations, CHEX-TV, a CBC affiliate owned by Corus Entertainment, and TVCOGECO which is owned and operated by Cogeco Cable Canada, and provided as a service to local cable subscribers. Peterborough has several AM and FM radio stations as well.

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