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About Peterborough and Area

Peterborough and Area is located in southeastern Ontario.

  • This area is located about 100 - 160 km northeast of Toronto.
  • There are many towns and townships in this area and the City of Peterborough is the largest.
  • About 78,700 people live in Peterborough.

Much of this area is rural but there are some urban centres like Peterborough. The major industries in this city are manufacturing, food processing, electronics, aerospace and life sciences/biotechnology.

South of Peterborough is Northumberland County, which borders Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes. North of Peterborough are the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County, which are known as "cottage country." Tourism plays an important role in the local economy. Some of the common touristic activities include fishing, boating, camping and cottaging.