Fun Facts About Peterborough & the Kawarthas

A community filled with rich history, rural beauty, and an abundance of nature, Peterborough & the Kawarthas is one of Ontario’s top ten places to live!

Here are some fun facts about this incredible waterfront community!

Where is Peterborough located?

  • Situated in South Eastern Ontario, Peterborough is part of the Oak Ridges Moraine, on the northeastern edge of the Greater Golden Horseshoe.
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas is situated along the Trent-Severn Waterway

Some History:

  • Kawartha – a Mississauga word meaning “bright waters and happy lands,” was named by the First Nations people more than a century ago.
  • Peterborough was named after Peter Robinson- a Canadian politician who served as Lieutenant-Governorof Ontario and oversaw the migration and settlement of Peterborough.
  • Samuel de Champlain travelled through Peterborough along Chemong Lake.
  • In 1845 Sanford Fleming moved to Peterborough and lived with Dr. John Hutchison and family (one of Peterborough’s first resident doctors).
  • The Peterborough Canoe Company was founded in 189.


  • The city of Peterborough has approximately 81,084 residents, while the County of Peterborough has approximately 57,916 residents.


  • There are over 151 lakes in the Peterborough region.
  • Peterborough’s deep forests, open fields, plentiful waters and wilderness areas make it a nature lovers paradise.

Music and Festivals:

  • There are over 300 festivals and events in the summer months.
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas is home to bands and musicians such as I Mother Earth, The Spades, Thousand Foot Krutch, Rick Fines, Jimmy Bowskill, Birthday Boys, Three Days Grace, Sebastian Bach, Rockin’ Ronnie Hawkins, Serena Ryder and Washboard Hank.


  • The Peterborough Petes are the longest operating team in the Ontario Hockey League producing a record number of NHL players, such as Eric & Jordan Staal, Mike Fisher, Chris Pronger, Steve Yzerman, Tie Domi, and Bob Gainey.


  • Peterborough is home to Trent University and Sir Sanford Fleming College.