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About Peterborough

The Greater Peterborough Area is a unique community known for its exceptional quality of life and beautiful setting in the Kawarthas tourism region. Peterborough has everything - a multitude of recreational opportunities, a diverse industrial, commercial and agricultural base, quality health care and excellent schools - including two post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is just one hour from the Greater Toronto Area. Real estate is affordable, the air is clean and communities are safe.

With a population of approximately 135,000 (increases substantially in the summer season) the Greater Peterborough Area is the regional centre for East Central Ontario and draws from a market population of 350,000. Peterborough's proximity to major markets in Canada and the northeastern United States, combined with an effective transportation system that includes the largest commercial airport between Toronto and Ottawa, and four-lane access to the Greater Toronto Area, makes Peterborough an unparalleled setting as a business location.

Among the many successful Peterborough-based businesses serving local, national and international markets from Peterborough are:

  • Pepsico Foods (Quaker)
  • General Electric
  • FisherCast Ltd. (A Dynacast Company)
  • Siemens Milltronics
  • Minute Maid
  • SGS Lakefield Research

Location

On the Trent-Severn Waterway in the heart of the Kawarthas tourism region. One hour to Canada's largest market (Toronto). Six million people reside within a 320km (200mi) radius. Approximately 60% of Canada's population and 40% of the United States' population live within a 800km (500mi) radius.

Transportation

A four-lane divided highway to Toronto (Hwy 35/115) serviced by major trucking companies, full rail service capabilities, and a municipal airport.  Peterborough Airport has two runways and many recent upgrades.  The main runway is 7000 ft. paved and lit, and the crosswind runway 2000 ft paved. Toronto's Pearson International Airport is 140km (90mi) from Peterborough.

Population

  • 74,600 (City of Peterborough)
  • 135,000 (County and City of Peterborough)

This information is an excerpt from the Community Profile document issued by the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation.