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Wowed by Peterborough Hospitality
- Posted by: Kelly Jessup on September 24, 2012
Recently, a letter to the editor was received by The Peterborough Examiner from a woman from Toronto who visited here in early September.
Peterborough is just 1.5 hours from Toronto, and is an easy drive via Highway 401 and Highway 115, so it’s no surprise that this destination is a popular choice for residents of the Greater Toronto Area.
What is also not uncommon, is the experience that the author of this letter to editor had during her recent trip to the area.
You can read it for yourself here: http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2012/09/06/letters-sept-6
But I feel compelled to share this story, because it’s indicative of the kind of cordial, down-to-earth people we have in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. It’s not just the unique places to eat and the home-grown food, the great attractions, the outstanding variety of accommodation and endless events and activities that can be found here, but it’s the character of this destination, friendly hospitality and quality of life that can be had here that makes this place the best place on earth to live, work and play.
The author and a friend came for a day trip by bus from Toronto to Downtown Peterborough. Upon arriving, they wanted to visit a bank, but after arriving to the downtown branch, realized it was after bank hours and were recommended to visit the branch near Lansdowne Place Mall (much further away) which offers longer hours.
While reviewing a map of the area trying to navigate their way to the bank, a local woman named Penny asked them if they needed help. Upon explaining their situation, Penny offered to drive them, and also took them on a scenic tour of the area on the way. After they visited the bank, they were ready to explore, and then Penny opened her home offering them a place to stay so they could have more time to enjoy the area, and so they did. After returning to Toronto, the author was so moved, she felt the need to write a letter showing her appreciation.
This may seem like an unlikely scenario, one that most would never come across in a lifetime.
This is an inspiring story, and Penny certainly deserves endless credit for her selfless and compassionate behavior, however, if you’re from here, or if you visit here often, you’ll find that stories like this can be found often.
This place is full of good people like Penny, proud and passionate about this place they call home, eager to share it with the world. There’s a sense of authenticity in Peterborough & the Kawarthas that sets it apart, and I welcome you to come and experience it for yourself.