Beautiful downtown Peterborough is about to become a vibrant, car-free corridor this Saturday (July 21st) with the return of Peterborough Pulse, which reimagines the possibility of community and the public realm for a single day
This is when for one summer day, the streets are filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.
Now in its 4th year, Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Pulse route will run along George Street from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. and will include Charlotte Street from George St. to Aylmer St.
New this year is a snack hub—delicious idea!—on Charlotte Street next to the George Street intersection.
This year, the Pulse team will be expanding the Pulse effect all summer long with the Pulse Play Guide. The Pulse Play Guide is a uniquely local summer passport curated to reflect the magic of Pulse with recreation activities the whole family can discover together, from axe throwing to star gazing.
The Play Guide will offer families free access to some of the most spectacular recreation opportunities offered in the city of Peterborough. Printed Play Guides can be picked up at a number of the local art galleries and museums including: The Museum and Archives, Hutchinson House, The Canadian Canoe Museum, Art Gallery of Peterborough, and the OFAH Heritage Centre.
A download option of the guide will also be made available on the Pulse website here.
Nadine McCallen (pictured below), this year’s winner of Win This Space entrepreneurial competition, has opened the doors to her new shop Ritual Apothecary on Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough. As part of the grand prize, McCallen has received one year of free rent in a downtown storefront.
Photo courtesy DBIA
McCallen describes the store this way: “It will be the home of The Willow’s Bark studio, which creates wildcrafted skincare and herbal remedies from locally foraged plants, as well as other like-minded companies producing all-natural, small-batch, sustainable beauty products, herbal remedies, and artisan goods with care and attention to protecting our natural habitat."
It’s time to walk, bike, dance and play in the middle of the street with the return of Peterborough Pulse on July 21st.
Peteborough Pulse is a vibrant, playful, and active car-free corridor through the heart of Peterborough. For one summer day, the streets are filled with cyclists and roller-skaters, families pushing strollers, karate and fencing demonstrations, art and music, and more.
"Pulse is the ultimate way to experience our downtown," says Susan Sauvé, Transportation Demand Management Planner with the City of Peterborough. "As a city, we are becoming more walk and bike friendly, and we know that the downtown is where the most demand for walking and cycling is."
Now in its 4th year, Pulse will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s Pulse route will run along George Street from McDonnel St. to Sherbrooke St. and will include Charlotte St. from George St. to Aylmer St.
“Pulse is an amazing way to see what this community has to offer,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
“With more than 100 businesses and community groups involved, you’re going to have the opportunity to try some unique activities as well as see some new local dining and shopping possibilities," adds Guiel.
Awesome news for Downtown Peterborough as it has now been designated as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area by Ontario By Bike—one of five in the province.
The designation was presented to the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area by Ontario By Bike at the Shift into Summer event at Market Hall on Thursday (June 14th).
Mr. Downtown Terry Guiel with the bike-friendly designation
The award is in recognition of the DBIA’s commitment to building partnerships that value not only the safety of cyclists but also the economic opportunity of creating a welcoming and safe environment for cyclists and cycle tourists.
Downtown Peterborough is now designated as a Bicycle Friendly Area by @OntarioByBike, one of five in the province!
“We encourage everyone to explore downtown Peterborough and I’m glad we’ve been able to make it easier to explore the heart of our city by bike,” says Terry Guiel, DBIA Executive Director.
“The real credit here goes to our businesses who see the benefits of cycling and having cyclists visit their establishments. We also have an active cycling community here and organizations like Peterborough GreenUp, B!KE, Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee, the City’s Transportation Division and Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism have put in countless hours toward making our community more bike-friendly.”
Receiving official bike-friendly designation from Ontario By Bike helps to promote downtown to a growing cycle tourism market and gains access to the resources and expertise of Ontario By Bike.
Downtown Peterborough is an ideal basecamp for exploring the Kawarthas by bike, as cyclists can go from city to county in no time. Riders have access to long distance road routes and trail loops with more than 300 kilometres of wayfinding signage.
We love the concept of this new community building program called One City Peterborough that is launching June 1st in Downtown Peterborough.
One City Peterborough is a unique collaboration between the Downtown Business Improvement Area and Warming Room Community Ministries with the support of the City of Peterborough Social Services Division, United Way of Peterborough & District, Wild Rock Outfitters and Cherney Realty.
Photo courtesy DBIA
This grassroots initiative will take a two-part approach to making downtown Peterborough a stronger and more welcoming community hub for everyone.
HOW IT WORKS
-> One part is the One City Team which is made up of individuals with various barriers to employment who will be hired to enhance the downtown streetscape through added cleaning efforts. This team will consist of two teams of two making daily walks through downtown picking up loose litter and cleaning messes in public spaces in the busiest area of the city.
-> The other part of One City Peterborough is the employment of two full-time outreach workers who will assist people downtown with a focus on helping those facing homelessness, social exclusion, and mental health issues. The outreach workers will assist by building relationships and providing information on services available locally.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with some very knowledgeable partners to help some of the most vulnerable people in our downtown,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. “We’re looking forward to helping those marginalized by society to overcome their barriers to employment by helping us keep our downtown looking great.”
“What makes downtown such a gift is its diversity — people living together, working together, and enjoying themselves together,” says Christian Harvey, Director of Warming Room Community Ministries. “It is a beautiful picture of what community can be. Our goal is to build on this and show that downtown truly is a community for everyone.”
Back for its third year, Live and Local Lunches—a partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement Area, Peterborough Square, Gerri’s Arts and Crafts, and Bench Tech—has a new lineup of rock, folk, blues, country and jazz.
The live music outdoors shows are every Friday for one hour starting at noon in the Peterborough Square Courtyard at the corner of Charlotte and Water streets. This summer music series kicks off May 25th and runs until August 31st.
Hunt the Hare
"These small concerts are a great way to animate the downtown in a fun and positive way,” says Terry Guiel, executive director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.
• May 25 — Blue Hazel • June 1 — Weber Brothers • June 8 — The Fabulous Tone Masters • June 15 — Emily Burgess • June 22 — Paper Shakers • June 29 — Robin Hawkins • July 6 — Kevin Carley Band • July 13 — The Wanted • July 20 — Mumblepeg • July 27 — Hunt The Hare • Aug. 3 — TBA (rain date) • Aug. 10 — TBA (rain date) • Aug. 17 — TBA (rain date) • Aug. 24 — TBA (rain date) • Aug. 31 — History Buffs
Celebrate Easter at the 29th Annual Downtown Peterborough Easter Egg Hunt hosted by The Nutty Chocolatier on Sunday, April 1st.
The egg hunt starts at noon in the outdoor courtyard of Peterborough Square at the corner of Water and Charlotte streets. This is a FREE event for kids ages three to 10. All children will receive a goody bag and Faces By 2 are offering FREE face painting.
Photo courtesy DBIA
Prizes will be awarded for the Best Spring Bonnet, Best Sports-themed Hat and more.
Bring your camera and get a photo of your child (and selfie, perhaps) with the Easter Bunny and George, King of Downtown.
Nadine McCallen is the grand prize winner of Win This Space 2018, which includes a storefront free for a year in beautiful downtown Peterborough. The announcement was made at The Venue on Thursday night (March 1st) in front of a great crowd.
McCallen owns The Willow's Bark and will be opening a new store called Ritual Apothecary in the downtown. Her shop will sell locally produced skincare, herbal remedies and household products from a variety of sustainable companies focusing on wildcrafted, organic and unrefined ingredients.
Nadine McCallen pictured after announcement at The Venue
McCallen is looking to create a social space where people can blend their own teas while sitting and reading a book or participating in a workshop.
“It’s inspiring to see all these creative ideas for new businesses that people want to open here in downtown Peterborough,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area. “I’d like to congratulate Nadine on all her hard work and earning this lifechanging prize.”
McCallen was selected by the Win This Space judges who evaluated the Top 10 applicants to the program. The Top 10 spent the last three months fine-tuning their proposals at workshops focused on marketing, financial planning and business plans.
“Last year we had five Win This Space participants open shop,” says Guiel. “It doesn’t end with Win This Space. It’s a lot of work to open a storefront and we’re here with our Win This Space partners to make sure that those with determination and a strong business plan have the support they need to pursue their entrepreneurial dream.”