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Peterborough is a peaceful mid-size city set on the banks of the glistening Otonabee River, in the center of Canada’s green-washed Ontario province. The city beautifully blends idyllic natural scenery with a thriving urban arts and cultural scene. Days can be spent exploring engrossing heritage museums and contemporary galleries, or simply lounging in Peterborough’s many sunny public parks. Peterborough also acts as an ideal base and gateway for the eden-like Provincial Parks of the Kawartha Lakes.

Things to see

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is a perfect, relaxed way for culture-fiends to start their lazy city day. This small, hassle-free gallery hosts a range of regional and international contemporary and modern artworks, from decorative paintings to eccentric sculptures. Afterwards, head over to the lush, waterfront Ashburnham Memorial Park, and get to grips with some riveting regional history at the Peterborough Museum and Archives. Thousands of awe-inspiring artifacts are on display, from ancient archeological finds to ceremonial First Nation relics. Peterborough is also home to the Riverview Park and Zoo, which offers an electrifying afternoon of family-friendly entertainment. See crafty meerkats, cheeky monkeys, and metallic-blue reptiles. There’s also a mini train ride that twists through the grounds - ideal for tiny tots. Outdoor adventurers, meanwhile, will want to take a day or two to explore the nearby Kawartha Lakes. This chain of pure, crystal-clear lakes -surrounded by evergreen forests and hills - provide hiking, camping, and kayaking opportunities.

Hotels in Peterborough

If you’re traveling on a budget, Peterborough provides plenty of affordable accommodation. The cheap 2-star hotels in Peterborough are great for those who want a reliable, cozy bed before or after a trip to the lakes, with the added amenities of free buffet breakfasts and free in-room WiFi. For a longer city stay with a touch of class, you’ll want to stay in a 3-star Peterborough hotel. Here, attentive porters and friendly staff will make your stay as stress-free as possible. You can also grab a bite in the in-house restaurants, and take a refreshing plunge in the pristine pools.

Where to stay

Central Peterborough is a relatively small area, so wherever you stay Downtown, you’ll not be far from all the top city sights and nightlife hotspots. A great Downtown location is the area beside Little Lake, a small shimmering river-lake enclosed by picturesque city streets and leafy public parks - couples can even take a romantic gondola ride across the waters. On the opposite side of Little Lake, there’s a tree-studded family campground, tailor-made for families who want a taste of wild nature with easy access to the central city.

How to get to Peterborough

To reach this charming city, you’ll first want to catch a flight to Toronto Pearson International Airport, a buzzing center of worldwide aviation, based 140 kilometers from Peterborough. This airport serves year-round flights from dozens of top US cities, and direct flights from popular international destinations, like Paris, London, and Beijing. From the airport, you have 2 options. Either hire a car onsite and drive to Peterborough - which should take around 1 hour 45 minutes - or take a Greyhound intercity bus. Downtown Peterborough is a great walking area, but for trips further out it’s handy to have a rental car.