Peterborough is a city rich in history. From origins as an aboriginal encampment at the base of rapids along the Otonabee River to becoming a major industrial centre, Peterborough enjoys a diverse and fascinating heritage. Cultural sites in the area include everything from rare petroglyphs and First Nations burial mounds to the world's highest hydraulic lift lock.
The city boasts several national historic sites and hundreds of significant historical properties. In 2011, Peterborough was awarded both the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership and the Prince of Wales Prize. Peterborough is rich in music and has an arts and performance scene that is nationally recognized.
According to the latest cultural mapping exercise, the city is home to:
42 heritage, education and umbrella organizations
142 arts and cultural organizations
hundreds of professional cultural workers – many with provincial, national and international reputations
over 350 local businesses relating to cultural activity
There is not a single individual in our community who is not touched by our local arts, culture and heritage sector in some way on a daily basis.
To learn more about our vibrant cultural scene, visit our website.