Explore and Play

children playing on splashpad

Peterborough is a one-of-a-kind place, located on nature's doorstep. We have many trails and parks right within our city, and easy access to cottage country and the lakes and beauty that it offers. We offer a balanced lifestyle that includes a growing community of entrepreneurs, a hip downtown, and a community calendar filled with great events.

Our location and the energy of the people who live here make Peterborough far from the average city – Peterborough is outside the ordinary.

Public Art under Hunter Street Bridge Winter
Arts, Culture and Heritage

Peterborough has a thriving arts and culture scene supported through community organizations, entrepreneurs and Municipal services such at the Art Gallery of Peterborough and the Peterborough Public Art Program. The City's rich history is preserved and archived with the support of the Peterborough Museum and Archives and the Heritage Office, which includes Heritage Property Designation and the Heritage Conservation District.

Marina on Little Lake
Peterborough Marina

The Peterborough Marina is on Little Lake next to downtown Peterborough in the heart of one of Canada's premier recreational regions. The marina is close to theatres, restaurants, shopping, museums and art galleries. Enjoy the best of both worlds enjoying the beauty of the Trent Severn Waterway as well as the best our City has to offer.

London Street Bridge at sunset
Parks and Trails

Peterborough has the best of both worlds and our parks and trails have become some of the most treasured and used places in the City. Our trails provides scenic routes throughout the City for pedestrians and cyclists. Our beautiful parks offer natural space, playgrounds, and sports fields. Some parks have pavilions available to rent. Check out our specialty parks: the Off-Leash Dog Park and the Skateboard Park are both very popular. Get out and enjoy!

Kids having lunch under pavilion
Programs and camps

The opportunities for recreation programs and children's camps in the City of Peterborough are almost endless. Check out the Summer Camps or a P.A. Day Discovery Camp. The Junior Parks Play Program offers a flexible enrichment program, or consider a fitness class at the Sport and Wellness Centre or an instructional sports program like Tennis or Pickleball.

PSWC Pools
Sport and Wellness Centre

The Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre is a full-service community wellness centre that has a pool, fitness equipment, gymnasiums and multi-purpose rooms and offers a variety of services and programs.

Boys playing at Rogers Cove splashpad

Located on beautiful Little Lake, Peterborough has two beaches, three supervised wading pools and seven splashpads for summer fun. The indoor pools at the Sports and Wellness Centre offer year-round swimming and lessons.

Little Lake Musicfest

The City of Peterborough is home to hundreds of events and festivals. Our events calendar provides everything you will need to make the most of your free time.