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Why Peterborough?

Living in Peterborough

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We have an abundance of recreation opportunities and entertainment that is fuelled by culture, nature and homegrown culinary experiences.

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Life in Peterborough

Imagine escaping to a place where the community is vibrant, the natural beauty is breathtaking and the people are genuine. We are not talking about a vacation. We are talking about finding that daily balance that everyone is striving for.

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Affordable living

Whether you choose to live footsteps from downtown or on a serene lake, the cost of living throughout Peterborough & the Kawarthas is more affordable than in other urban and suburban areas in the province. 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 Peterborough life – there is nothing quite like it.

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Countless Ways to Kick It Up

Peterborough is a vibrant city with museums, boutiques, theatres, galleries, microbreweries, restaurants and nightclubs and an enviable music scene. We offer up world class entertainment without the expensive price tag.

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Health Care

In Peterborough, health care is available for you and your family. The region is home to many health care facilities and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). The PRHC has 494 beds, an extensive range of services and is the region’s largest employer.

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Excellent Education

First-rate educational opportunities are offered through respected local post secondary institutions such as Trent University, Fleming College and Seneca College.

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Year-Round Entertainment

Peterborough has an abundance of recreational opportunities and entertainment that is fueled by culture, nature and homegrown experiences. There are plenty of things to See and Do in Peterborough & the Kawarthas.

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Shopping and Dining

With personalized service and big city selection, Peterborough offers a unique shopping and dining experience. Ample parking, bicycle trails and racks, access to transit and nearby hotels are all within walking distance. From fashion boutiques, specialty shops and country markets, to fine dining and trendy cafes, there is something for every member of the family.

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In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, we take our sports seriously. Our Peterborough Memorial Centre is home to the Peterborough Petes Hockey Club and Peterborough Lakers Lacrosse Team, both highly decorated with an impressive number of hall-of-famers and well-known players and coaches. The region is home to a wide-variety of sports organizations at varying levels of competition from little league baseball to varsity rowing and everything in between.

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Peterborough is one of the most spirited live music scenes in Canada. Head downtown to Del Crary Park to catch a free outdoor Peterborough Musicfest concert during the summer, or visit one of our many venues for a live show of one of our local bands.

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Arts, Culture & Heritage

Peterborough is home to over 350 businesses related to cultural activity, that are identified in the City of Peterborough’s Cultural Mapping System. The County is painted with culturally significant attractions and monuments reminding residents and visitors alike that our past is as important as our future.

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Outdoor Recreation

You can enjoy outdoor recreation in Peterborough & the Kawarthas natural setting throughout all four seasons. Whether you are walking or biking through our many parks and trails, paddling or fishing in our lakes and rivers or skating at the Trent Canal under the world famous Peterborough Lift Lock – we have new experiences and new places for you to explore.

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Our Community. There’s No Place Like It.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers a unique quality of life with its mix of urban creature comforts, cottage country relaxation and farm freshness. There are no other communities in Ontario that offer the best of rural, urban and lakeside living. Have a little country with your city – and enjoy that important balance between work and life.