The community is vibrant. Its natural beauty is breathtaking. It is a place with a unique blend of small town, cottage living and urban lifestyle. Peterborough & the Kawarthas region, located just 90 minutes from Toronto, appeals to those interested in quality of life and work-life balance. Its strong infrastructure includes the Peterborough Airport – Canada’s busiest small airport with the longest paved civil runway between Ottawa and Toronto, and over 65,000 flight annually.
Known for its affordable cost of living, Peterborough is one of Canada’s most creative cities, with more than 30% of the labour force employed in creative (driven by knowledge and innovation) occupations. The city is also home to three post-secondary institutions – Fleming College, Trent University and Seneca College’s School of Aviation. Over 11,000 full-time students attend these institutions.
The region boasts the highest rate of immigrant entrepreneurship in Canada at 36%. Its diverse economy has long been represented by industrial, agricultural and cultural businesses cooperation. Booming sectors include: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, water technologies, tourism and small business.
Peterborough & the Kawarthas is not over-developed or over-priced. It’s relatively unspoiled, true to its heritage and easy to get to. These unique attributes, along with an impressive list of things to do (see box), ensure that the area offers truly natural and authentic experiences. Visitors can enjoy cycling on the trails, dining at restaurants with farm-fresh food; or discover the vibrant arts & culture scene via waterways by boat and dockside.