Living In Peterborough

About Peterborough, Ontario

Why choose Peterborough? 

Peterborough, Ontario is special for many reasons. The City has lots to offer; community centres, parks and trails, welcoming neighborhoods, and fun for the whole family. The Peterborough area is a great place to start your own business, your family, or your education. Peterborough is known for food processing, automotive supplies, electronics, aerospace and life sciences. It is the home of Quaker Oats, whose delicious products are enjoyed all over the world. There are a variety of museums, art galleries and live theatre in the City, as Peterborough has a very prominent arts scene. 

What’s it like to live in Peterborough? 

In addition to all the activities Peterborough has to offer, it also has a diverse range of neighborhoods and housing options available for families, students, and working professionals. The City has many elementary and secondary schools, post-secondary options, and a large hospital. We have some stunning neighborhoods like the downtown core, East City, and the old west end. To see more about what Peterborough has to offer, visit this website, or reach out to a member of Team vanRahan. We would love to show you homes in the area!

Kids at School

Education in Peterborough

Downtown Peterborough

Explore Peterborough

There are lots of different things to explore within Peterborough, Ontario. Peterborough has a fascinating history, beautiful parks and trails, a phenomenal food scene, lots of different types of recreational programs, museums and zoos, and a thriving arts culture. You'll never want to leave!


The Rotary Greenway Scenic River Road Trail (Lakefield Trail) 

An 8.5km path from Trent University to Lakefield that was opened on July 5, 2000, to the general public. This trail was made possible thanks to the support of the Rotary Club; a club both Catherine and Ben have been a part of. It is a multi-use trail; cycling, walking, or you can host an event here and it is open year-round

Riverview Park and Zoo

Peterborough is incredibly lucky to be home to Canada's ONLY free accredited zoo. The zoo is open from 8:30 to dusk, year round. The regular operating season runs yearly from Victoria Day to Labour Day. During this season, visitors can enjoy the splash pad, or the miniature train ride (weather permitting), visit the animal exhibits, or explore the extensive playgrounds and giant slide. To plan your visit, click here



Shopping in Peterborough

Over the last several years, the Peterborough shopping scene has been quickly expanding. Our largest mall, Landsdowne place, has over 100 stores and rivals the malls of larger cities. Peterborough also has many plazas and shopping centres, so you never have to travel far. Downtown Peterborough is bursting with local shops and businesses. We have everything, from handmade jewellery and clothing, to second-hand gaming and book stores.

Downtown Peterborough

The downtown area, known for its vibrant arts culture, is a welcoming and charming part of the City. There are a variety of theatres and art exhibits, which are constantly growing and changing. Our downtown core values local artists and makes an effort to showcase their work in versatile ways. Downtown Peterborough also has plenty of great shopping, and is full of local boutiques and vintage stores. Some of our best local restaurants and cafe's are also here, along with plenty of parks and trails.


Get Outside!