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Peterborough-Nogojiwanong is a place rich in Indigenous and settler cultural heritage. Beneath our feet the land carries the stories of the many generations who have called this area home, stories which form a vital part of the city's identity today. The City's Heritage Preservation Office (HPO) strives to create a collective understanding and presentation of our heritage that speaks to the value it holds for all of us. The HPO develops and administers programs relating to the preservation of historic places within the city including structures, landscapes, and archaeological sites. The HPO provides advice and outreach to the public and supports the work of staff, committees and Council relating to a range of cultural heritage matters. The Heritage Preservation Office also maintains a Heritage Register of Listed and Designated Heritage Properties. 

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Projects and Resources

George Street facing north from Simcoe around 1900. There is a streetcar on the road as well as horses and carts, and many downtown businesses
About Us

The Heritage Preservation Office administers heritage designation, coordinates events and educational programming, and more.

a scene of a downtown street at night with neon business lights and traffic lights shining in the darkness
Downtown Heritage District Study

 The City of Peterborough is considering creating a Heritage Conservation District to preserve the heritage features of the downtown.

A black and white photo of a parade including a marching band down George Street
Heritage Events

Join us for events throughout the year, including Doors Open and the annual Heritage Hunt.

A one-storey heritage house with yellow siding and a green roof
Property Designation

Properties can be given individual heritage designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Local Research

Conduct your own research with local archives and other heritage resources.

The Avenues
Conservation Districts

Learn about how we manage Heritage Conservation Districts through a District Plan.

Heritage Resource Map
Heritage Resource Map

Find information on designated heritage buildings, heritage plaques and more.

Little Lake Cemetery
Little Lake Cemetery

Explore the monuments and markers in the Little Lake Cemetery in our interactive story map.

Historical Map Viewer
Historical Map Viewer

Investigate the changes in our city and landscape over time.

Coming Soon: 

Neighbourhood Character Area Studies

The Heritage Preservation Office is currently identifying neighbourhoods with heritage character in the city.