9 Great Signs Peterborough Is Going All Cosmopolitan

In many respects, Peterborough is in a renaissance right now—with all of the amenities of a modern city and then some. As the city continues to evolve, it is attracting more young families to live here, tourists to visit here, and retaining more talent coming out of Trent University and Fleming College. In no particular order, here are signs Peterborough is going all downright cosmopolitan and chic...

1. VentureNorth building—the hub where entrepreneurs start-up, grow and thrive.

Housing the Innovation Cluster, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism Visitor Centre, JA-PLM and more, this integral building in the heart of the city symbolizes change, progress and momentum in Peterborough.

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2. New modern Peterborough Public Library

After a 18 month renovation, this library has been transformed into a beautiful, bright modern library. "The roles of libraries have changed over the years and this new space is designed to meet the changing needs of our community,” says Peterborough Public Library CEO Jennifer Jones.

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3. Modern Canadian Canoe Museum on the Water

This Historic Lift Lock is already hopping but the addition of this beautiful new museum at its doorstep will make this a must see destination for even more visitors from around the world.

Rendering of new Canoe Museum

Rendering of new Canoe Museum

4. New Urban Park in the Downtown

This oasis—construction has already begun—will be located on the Louis Street Parking lot (where the Peterborough Wednesday Market takes place) off of Charlotte Street, and will make a huge, beautiful addition to the downtown.

Charlotte Street view rendering

Charlotte Street view rendering

5. New Square Adjacent to Peterborough Public Library

The construction of the square adjacent to the library will create yet another vibrant place for people to gather in the heart of downtown Peterborough.  

Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough

Rendering courtesy City of Peterborough

6. Trent U & Fleming College

Trent (now among the world's top green universities) and Fleming (now among the top community colleges in sustainability) are A-list institutions that are constantly evolving and modernizing while staying true to their ethos and roots. They are huge draws to students from across the country and around the planet.

Trent's new Student Centre

Trent's new Student Centre

7. Downtown Peterborough

The downtown has never been more diverse and electic with its wide range of restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars and retail shops—not to mention the thriving theatre and entertainment scene (think Gordon Best Theatre, Showplace, Market Hall, The Theatre on King, Peterborough Theatre Guild, etc.) and festivals (Pulse, Hootenanny on Hunter Street, Peterborough Folk Festival, Peterborough Musicfest).

8. Y Lofts at George & Murray Street

The old YMCA building is being converted into chic, modern, condo-style rental suites while staying true to the beautiful character and aesthetic of the building. It will bring renewed energy and vitality to that part of the downtown.

Y Loft rendering courtesy Atria Development

Y Loft rendering courtesy Atria Development

9. Peterborough Museum & Archives

After its museum renewal in recent years and exterior facelift, this modern museum on Museum Drive (Armour Hill) near the Lift Lock is a must-see for tourists and locals alike.

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Throw some cobblestone down and close off some downtown streets in the summer, and we're right there Peterborough with the best.

—post by Neil Morton

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