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What does the word “Kawartha” mean?

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”.

What is the population in Peterborough?

The population of the City of Peterborough is approximately 81,084 and the County of Peterborough population is 57,916.

If I’m traveling by boat, what are the lockage fees and hours of operation for the various locks along the Trent-Severn Waterway?

Please visit for detailed information on each individual lock.

Is there any place within the City of Peterborough that I can park my RV for the night?

There is free overnight parking for RV’s available in the Walmart parking lot and the Canadian Tire parking lot that are both in the north end of the City on Chemong Road.

Are there any dumping stations for my RV?

There is a dumping station located at Beavermead Campground on Ashburnham Drive in Peterborough. The Environmental Protection – Sewage Treatment Plant on Kennedy Road is also available 705-742-7777 ext 2600 and costs $5. Emily Park also provides a dumping station – there is a car entry fee.

Where can I purchase a fishing license?

Anglers and Hunters licenses can be purchased at the Canadian Tire Stores on Chemong Road and on Lansdowne Street West. Walmart located at 1200 Chemong Rd and Service Ontario at 300 Water Street (Ground Floor) can also provide fishing licenses.

What are the fees for the Conservation Areas in the Kawarthas?

Please visit and click on Otonabee C.A. for the fees associated with a number of the Conservation Areas in the Kawarthas.

Is there public transportation within Peterborough?

The City of Peterborough Transit system operates Monday – Friday 6:00 am to 11:20 pm, Saturday 6:40 am to 11:20 pm and Sunday 8:00 am – 7:20 pm. A complete schedule can be found at

Is there public transportation within the County of Peterborough?

Coach Canada operates regular routes that travel to a number of towns within the county. A complete schedule can be found at

Is there public transit to the Peterborough Region?

Both GO Transit and Greyhound Canada have regularly scheduled routes to Peterborough from various cities in Ontario. For more information visit or