Parks and Trails

children playing on splashpad

Parks and Trails during COVID-19

Parks and trails are open for casual use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Playgrounds, play equipment and outdoor fitness equipment are open. Many park amenities, including athletic courts, public washrooms and premier athletic fields, will be closed by Friday, October 23, 2020 to allow for winterizing.

Public Health continues to encourage physical distancing of at least two metres with people outside household or your social circle. Be cautious of high-touch surfaces, such as benches and picnic tables in parks, avoid touching faces, and wash hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds to help stop the spread of illness. Anyone who is sick should stay home.


The City of Peterborough has plentiful parkland and trails with more than 100 parks and sports fields. Whether you're looking for a place to walk or cycle, get together with friends or family, relax next to a lake or a playground for children, we likely have just the park or trail for you.

Park at dusk
Parks and trails trivia

In the City of Peterborough, we have:

  • 362 hectares of parkland and over 100 parks
  • 36 km of multi-use trails
  • 57 parks with playground equipment
  • 51 softball/baseball diamonds
  • 31 soccer fields
  • 42 tennis and basketball courts
  • 5 wading pools
  • 4 splash pads
  • 2 supervised beaches
  • beach volleyball
  • a campground
  • Trent-Severn Waterway canal and Little Lake for water sports
Centennial Fountain and Little Lake
Centennial Fountain

The Centennial Fountain is located in Little Lake on the Trent Severn Waterway just upstream from Lock 19. The fountain was installed for Canada Day 1967 to celebrate Canada's centennial birthday. The project was the result of the financial generosity of General Electric and a group of local business owners; engineering services were also provided for free by many local engineers.

Fun fountain facts

  • The fountain is composed of more than 30 tonnes of floating concrete
  • The main jet shoots water 76m in the air, making it the highest in Canada
  • The original main jet weighed 3200 pounds and was over 122 feet long
  • The fountain is anchored by three, 1.5 tonne concrete anchors
  • At night the fountain is illuminated with over 500 LED lights

Hours of operation

COVID-19 Update

During the declared State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fountain will not operate.

Regular hours

The fountain operates from 10 a.m. to midnight between May and October. The fountain lights are on from dusk until midnight.