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Peterborough, Ontario (City)

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Peterborough is a city on the Otonabee river in central eastern Ontario in Canada. It currently has a population of 74,600 inhabitants. The city is a gateway to the cottage country of the Kawarthas, a large recreational region of the province. The city is the seat of Peterborough County. In 1615, Samuel de Champlain had traveled through the area and stayed for a brief period of time near the present day site of Bridgenorth, just north of Peterborough. In 1818, Adam Scott who had settled on the west shore of the Otonabee river, began construction of a sawmill and gristmill the following year. The mill was located at the foot of present day King street and was powered by water from Jackson Creek.
The city has become a centre of industry, education, administration and culture. Recently the city has undergone major improvements. Manufacturing is the biggest local industry with general electric and quaker Oats maintaining large operations in Peterborough. The Peterborough regional health centre is the largest employer, followed by school boards and local government. The city is well known for its hockey teams. Figure skating is another popular winter sport. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. This city still enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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