City of Peterborough

A thriving small City, Peterborough has all of the shops, services, and amenities that anyone could possibly need. Rich in arts, culture, and heritage, the community is renowned for producing musicians and artists – and also for attracting world-renowned artists to our many venues and festivals. The City offers an incredibly inviting restaurant scene – known for its culturally diverse use of area meats, dairy, and produce. With an abundance of nationally recognized retail chains in the suburbs of the City, our downtown offers a multitude of theatres, shops, restaurants, pubs, and bars to choose from, located right on the Trent Severn Waterway. The city is home to both Trent University and Fleming College and this student population acts as the impetus for a host of funky stores, cafés and clubs.

The City of Peterborough has a vast amount of things to do for every age group and interest. However, our first stop is sure to excite everyone in your group; it is none other than the highest lift lock in the world -Lock 21! The Peterborough Liftlock is a very popular attraction and can be seen by land and by boat. Throughout the summer Liftlock & The Riverboat Cruises offers a 2 hour sightseeing tour to experience this boat lift yourself. If cruising isn’t for you, head to the Liftlock Visitor Centre to learn about the history of the Lift Lock and see the variety of boats passing through.

Continue your history lesson at the Peterborough Museum & Archives, where you can learn about our communities past, including artifacts, stories and photos. Finish your morning by stopping by Hutchison House Museum , the home of Dr. Hutchison in the 1800’s. Take a step back in time and enjoy a spot of tea and a guided tour throughout the summer.

Next, head downtown to explore the variety of local shops and restaurants. Delight your palate with a delicious lunch at Ashburnham Ale House, Elements or Brio Gusto. Then head to Flavour Fashion and pick up something to remember your visit from their Ptbo Originals collection. Other shops to wander into include The Antique Shop, Cottage Toys, Wild Rock Outfitters, and Tribal Voices.

Our artistic side shines at the Art Gallery of Peterborough, which features Canadian and local visual art pieces. This museum is free for visitors to come and admire, or to purchase any of these contemporary pieces. They also feature several ever-changing exhibitions and events, such as the Kawartha Autumn Studio Tour in September each year. Another great option is the Canadian Canoe Museum which has birch bark, dug outs, and commercial canoes in their large collection. These are all on display so you can paddle through time as a voyageur, and learn about the diverse history of the canoe.

Spend your afternoon at the Riverview Park & Zoo visiting the animals and playing in the playground. The zoo is Canada’s only free-admission CAZA/AZAC Accredited Zoo, but  donations are welcomed and appreciated. Throughout the summer you can also take a ride on their miniature train ride and cool down at their splashpad. This attraction is full of family fun, which you can continue at Milltown Mini Golf, which has an 18-hole course, paintball target range, batting cages and a rock wall.

Discover the city by walking or cycling our vast amount of trails. These trails will lead you to incredible scenery including Jackson’s Park, Millenium Park and even out into the county. Pick up one of these trail maps at the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Information Centre, or directly from our website.

Finish your day with a lovely upscale meal at Rare Grill House or a homestyle meal at Ricky’s All Day Grill. Enjoy your night with local entertainment, such as the sporting events and concerts at the Peterborough Memorial Centre, or theatre at the Peterborough Theatre Guild, Showplace Performance Centre or Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, or if you’re visiting during the summer be sure to visit Del Crary Park for free concerts featuring incredibly popular talent put on by Peterborough Musicfest on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

With so much excitement it’s time to get some much needed rest at any of the many hotels that this city has to offer. Choose from the downtown hotels such as the Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront, or head to the several hotels on Lansdowne St. which include the Best Western Plus Otonabee Inn, Comfort Hotel & Suites and the Super 8. Wake up well rested and restored and ready for more authentic Peterborough. #ThisisLiving

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