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Why Peterborough?

An overview shot of the city of Peterborough

Room to Grow

If you were to ask one hundred different people “What makes Peterborough & the Kawarthas amazing?” You would likely get one hundred different answers.

What our region has to offer cannot be summed up with any one thing, rather it is the feeling of this place that is truly extraordinary. It is a place to gain a different perspective, to take a breath of fresh air, to find balance between personal and professional life. It is a region of communities that offer businesses, residents, and visitors an affordable and incredible place to grow.

Total Regional Population
Source: StatsCan 2017
City of Peterborough
Unemployment Rate
Source: StatsCan, December 2020
Employment Rate
Source: StatsCan, December 2020
Radius map showing distances to major places around Peterborough


Peterborough & the Kawarthas is conveniently located between Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and Canada’s business centre, Toronto. We are also located near the Canada/U.S. border.

Cottage on Buckhorn Lake with Boat on the water in front and sunshining in the reflection

Find Time to Redefine & Shine

Whether you choose to live footsteps from downtown, in the hills of centuries-old farmland or on a serene lake, Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers you an amazing quality of life. And with one of the province’s shortest average commute times, you will spend less time in traffic and more time enjoying life. Have a taste of how we live – there is nothing quite like it.

Aerial Image of Subdivision North of the 115 in Peterborough


Our growing region is located in close proximity to markets in the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Golden Horseshoe – just a 90 minute drive. But we are located just off the beaten path, in a sweet spot for housing prices. The comprehensive year-to-date average price of a home is $698,931 well below what urban dwellers in the GTA are experiencing in their local markets.

Source: April 2021: Peterborough & the Kawartha Association of Realtors

Trent University Campus Aerial View, showing road, river and scenery

Home to three world-class educational institutions

Home to three outstanding post-secondary institutions, Trent UniversityFleming College and Seneca College’s School of Aviation – over 11,000 students come to Peterborough & the Kawarthas to study. The unique programs, research facilities and faculty at our colleges and university encourage those who study here to move their academic work to real-world applications.

Aerial Sunset view of Islands on Stoney Lake

Home to Esteemed Ontario Cottage Country

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is one of Canada’s favourite cottage country destinations. For generations, many have visited this region both to kick back and relax and kick it up with family and friends. Today, our region is home to a number of seasonal residents as well as a vibrant visitor economy with accommodations, dining experiences, festivals, attractions and more. 

woman at table looking towards laptop giving presentation. Man looking at her

It’s All About that Personal Connection

We like to do things differently here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Members of our community range from fresh-faced startups to seasoned professionals have creative and innovative ways of doing business. Whether you’re coming together at local events, building a network of business contacts or congregating around the rink – you will find the connection you need in our communities.