Peterborough lies on the Otonabee River at the edge of the Kawartha Lakes, 125 kilometres (78 mi) northeast of Toronto. The city of Peterborough, has a population of 75,000 with a total of 117,000 living in the surrounding area.
Peterborough has 30 elementary schools, 1 French elementary, 7 high schools and post-secondary students are served by Trent University and Sir Sandford Fleming College
Peterborough has a number of shopping malls and quaint downtown shopping district.
The town has a dozen marinas, several golf clubs, and is home to the Canadian Canoe Museum.
In-town there is a range of housing: single family detached homes (not on water) $185,000, semi-detached around 130,000, townhouses $135m000,m and condominiums around $165,000. Cottages on the surrounding lakes and waterways vary significantly on their features.