Parks and Trails

children playing on splashpad

Parks and Trails during COVID-19

Multi-use fields and courts, including soccer fields, baseball diamonds, frisbee golf, tennis and basketball courts, and picnic areas, are reopened for limited, casual use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Playgrounds, play equipment and outdoor fitness equipment are open. Splash pads are open for the season as of Saturday, June 20, 2020. Please follow public health guidelines on the safe use of water play structures during the pandemic.

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 will not be providing permits for scheduled, organized use of outdoor recreational facilities at this stage. The Recreation Division is currently contacting user groups for outdoor recreation facilities, both sport leagues and event organizers, to determine the demand for facility bookings. It will take a few weeks to review the requests, collect information from user groups, and prepare sport fields for organized team play.

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.