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Peterborough History

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada was named after Peter Robinson who was charged with managing the emigration of 1800 Irish immigrants in 1825 to this area.

Peterborough was incorporated as a Town by an Act of the Legislature of the Province of Canada in the year 1850 and was raised to the status of a City by an Act of the Legislature of the Province of Ontario in 1905.

Peterborough is located in Central Ontario about 85 Kms northeast of Toronto in the heart of the Kawartha Lakes. Kawartha is an Aboriginal word meaning "happy lands and shining waters".

Once an industrial town, Peterborough has now become a favorite destination for tourists who enjoy the many lakes, rivers, local attractions and scenic countryside.

Once an industrial town, Peterborough has now become a favorite destination for tourists who enjoy the many lakes, rivers, local attractions and scenic countryside.

Peterborough is the home of the world's highest hydraulic Lift Lock, which was built in 1904. The Lift Lock is one of many locks on the Trent Severn Waterway which links Lake Ontario at Trenton to Georgian Bay at Port Severn.

For a historical timeline of the Peterborough area please click this link to the Peterborough Centennial Museum & Archives:

http://www.pcma.ca/museum_timeline.htm