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Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers you room to grow

If you were to ask one hundred different people “What makes Peterborough & the Kawarthas amazing?” You would likely get one hundred different answers.

What our region has to offer cannot be summed up with any one thing, rather it is the feeling of this place that is truly extraordinary. It is a place to gain a different perspective, to take a breath of fresh air, to find balance between personal and professional life. It is a region of communities that offer businesses, residents, and visitors an affordable and incredible place to grow.

Peterborough & the Kawarthas has access to over 3.72M jobs within 120 minutes of driving.
Source: EMSI Analyst 2020
Peterborough & the Kawarthas has access to more than 7 million people within a 120-minute drive.
Source: EMSI Analyst 2020
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Fleming College in Peterborough is one of Canada’s Top Research Colleges (#23 in 2019).
Dwellings are on average 27% or $165,194 lower than the Ontario average in 2020.
Source: Manifold Data Mining, 2020
aerial image of City of Peterborough with agricultural lands in the forefront


Peterborough & the Kawarthas is conveniently located between Canada’s capital, Ottawa, and Canada’s business centre, Toronto. We are also located near the Canada/U.S. border.

Whether you choose to live footsteps from downtown, in the hills of centuries-old farmland, or on a serene lake, Peterborough & the Kawarthas offers an amazing quality of life. And with one of the province’s shortest average commute times, you will spend less time in traffic and more time enjoying life.

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Our growing region is located in close proximity to markets in the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Golden Horseshoe – just a 90 minute drive. But we are located just off the beaten path, in a sweet spot for housing prices. The comprehensive year-to-date average price of a home is $698,931 well below what urban dwellers in the GTA are experiencing in their local markets.

Source: Peterborough & the Kawarthas Association of Realtors

World-class educational institutions

Home to three outstanding post-secondary institutions, Trent UniversityFleming College and Seneca College’s School of Aviation – over 11,000 students come to Peterborough & the Kawarthas to study. The unique programs, research facilities and faculty at our colleges and university encourage those who study here to move their academic work to real-world applications.

Esteemed Ontario Cottage Country

Peterborough & the Kawarthas is one of Canada’s favourite cottage country destinations. For generations, many have visited this region both to kick back and relax and kick it up with family and friends. Today, our region is home to a number of seasonal residents as well as a vibrant visitor economy with accommodations, dining experiences, festivals, attractions and more. 

Personal Connection

We like to do things differently here in Peterborough & the Kawarthas. Members of our community range from fresh-faced startups to seasoned professionals have creative and innovative ways of doing business. Whether you’re coming together at local events, building a network of business contacts or congregating around the rink – you will find the connection you need in our communities.

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