In Peterborough city Ontario, the biggest operations include General Electric and Quaker Oats. Then again, Peterborough Regional Health Centre is presently the largest employer, with around 2,000 or more personnel. Other main economic drivers within the city consist of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Trent University.
The Trent-Severn Waterway is home to the biggest hydraulic lift lock, the Peterborough Lift Lock. The lock was opened during 1904. Located within downtown Peterborough is Del Crary Park, that is home to the Peterborough Yacht Club. Del Crary Park is a large urban space on Little Lake which is home to the international Festival of Lights fireworks displays, while providing a great outdoor space to be able to hold outdoor concerts and events throughout the summer months. The Riverview Park and Zoo is managed by the Peterborough Utilities Group. Admission is free, and everyone can access the miniature train rides, disc golf courses and animal exhibits. The Peterborough Skateboard park was constructed recently, and is considered to be among the biggest skateboard parks within Ontario. It has numerous various rails, ramps, and several half-pipes. For yearly events, there are Downtown Countdown, Artsweek, Festival of Trees, Simcoe Day, and Peterborough Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade. Artsweek is an annual celebration of the arts held during the month of September. Downtown Countdown is an alcohol/drug-free New Year's celebration. Festival of Trees is a fundraiser supporting local healthcare. It has a show of decorated Christmas trees and various seasonally-themed displays in late November. Simcoe Day is the municipal holiday of Ontario held on the first Monday of August. Peterborough Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade is held during the first Saturday of December at 5:00 pm.
There are many recreational places to go to in Peterborough city. Among them consist of: Peterborough Marina, Peterborough Sports & Wellness Centre, Del Crary Park, Millennium Park, youth programs in six neighborhood centres, Queen Alexandra Community Centre, lifeguard supervision at six wading pools and two waterfront beaches, instructional sports programs, sports field scheduling on 110 fields, play programs at eight neighborhood parks, public swims and swimming lessons, day camp activities, children's programming, senior Services, fitness and wellness initiatives.