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Facts and myths about driving in Peterborough


  • Within Peterborough city limits, four bridges cross the Otonabee River. Getting from one side of the river to the other is a cinch in Peterborough. In the southern end of the city, you can cross on the Landsdowne Street Bridge. Further north, you can take the Hunter Street Bridge, the Parkhill Road Bridge, or, at the end of town, the Nassau Mills Road Bridge.
  • Chemong Lake has a bridge. The James A. Gifford Causeway is the longest bridge in the Peterborough area, and it spans Chemong Lake and links the communities of Ennismore and Bridgenorth.
  • Peterborough has an airport. The Peterborough Airport is located just south of the city, which means you can take Highway 115 to get to it.


  • The weather in Peterborough is similar to the weather in cities along Lake Ontario. False. While Peterborough is only a 45 minute drive north from the Lake, the weather can be remarkably different. Peterborough gets much more snow than areas near the 401 do, so remember to equip your vehicle with snow tires.
  • Peterborough is a sleepy town with few media outlets. False. Peterborough has eight radio stations and two newspapers: the Peterborough Examiner and Peterborough This Week.
  • Peterborough doesn't have good schools. Some out-of-province folks might think that, but Peterborough is the site of the well-regarded and beautiful Trent University.

Peterborough driving tips

  1. Take extra care on those one-way streets. Like many mid-sized Ontario towns, Peterborough's main streets are one-way. George Street runs south and Water Street runs north. Be careful when you enter and exit these one-way streets and look out for drivers who aren't familiar with them
  2. Which drive-in? If someone in Peterborough says, "meet me at the drive-in," they could be referring to the Mustang Drive-In theatre on Preston Road, 10 minutes west of town, or they could mean the Twin Drive-In theatre on Pigeon Road, which is 30 minutes from downtown Peterborough toward Lindsay.
  3. There's a new 50km/h zone on Highway 28 near Millbrook. Be mindful of the reduced speed limit on this stretch of road and slow down.

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