Neat Facts About Little Lake

Thanks to our friends at Parks Canada, below are some interesting facts about Little Lake...

1. Adam Scott built a sawmill and grist-mill in 1818 on the south edge of Little Lake and the settlement of Scott’s Plains would eventually become Peterborough. Lock 19 in Peterborough is named after Adam Scott (Scott's Mills).

R.B. Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team.

R.B. Rogers, pictured in the dark jacket near the centre, with his team.

2. Richard Birdsall Rogers—the designer of the Peterborough Lift Lock and former superintendent of the Trent Canal—is buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, and his gravestone faces the Lift Lock.

3. The 6 kilometre stretch between Little Lake and Nassau Mills (Lock 22) is a man-made canal, constructed along with the Peterborough Lift Lock from 1896 to 1904.

4. The Trent Canal and the Otonabee River run parallel to each other, encircling East City and making it a small island. The two rivers meet in Little lake and at Trent University.

Centennial Fountain construction

Centennial Fountain construction

5. Centennial Fountain, built in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s 100th anniversary, shoots water 76 meters (250 feet) into the air on Little Lake. It is the highest jet fountain in Canada.

Musicfest

Musicfest

6. Peterborough Musicfest, held at Del Crary Park on Little Lake, is a Top 100 festival in Ontario.

7. Up until 2004, each night of Peterborough Summer Festival of Lights (what is now known as Musicfest) included fireworks and a boat light show.

8. The Otonabee River drops 144 feet between Little Lake and Lake Katchewanooka in Lakefield.

9. Historians believe that while travelling with the Hurons, Samuel de Champlain would have put his canoe in and launched from Little Lake, accessing Huronia via Rice Lake and the Trent River.

10. Recreational fishermen can catch bass, walleye, perch, and Muskie in Little Lake.

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