For those of us who live, work and play in Peterborough,it can be very easy to take our beautiful surroundings for granted. We drive by them on our way to work, or if you are our clinic staff at Trent Health In Motion, you are greeted each morning by any number of wildlife that inhabit the area.

So, it’s no surprise that when we talk to our clients, family and friends, many supplement their gym time with some serious outdoor time when planning their workout schedule (or visa-versa). With so many open spaces at our disposal, it just makes sense to soak up the beauty while breaking a good sweat.

On that note, if you are reading this and aren’t familiar with the Peterborough area, but plan on making it this summer – these are our Top 4 Awesome Outdoor Spaces To Keep Fit In PTBO!

Jackson’s Park

Jackson park has 2 entrances; one located at the Monaghan Road and Parkhill Road intersection and the other located at the corner of Parkhill Road and Fairbairn Street. There are washroom facilities, picnic tables, benches, shaded areas, a creek, and a large wooded area behind the park. There is an excellent trail running through the wooded area used frequently by walkers and bikers. This is a very picturesque park that provides a wonderful place to spend the day outside.The lower area of the Park near the Pagoda Bridge is very popular for small weddings. Permits are required for all events that are booked. Permits are not required for groups that would just like to take wedding pictures in the park.

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Rotary Greenway Trail

This former rail line was developed through the fundraising efforts of the Rotary Club of Peterborough.

The trail is 7 km of paved trail (3m wide) with various unpaved side trails from Ashburnham Drive to Nassau Mills Road at Trent University and 8.5 km of Limestone Screenings from Trent University’s Environmental Science Parking Lot to Lakefield. It provides a link from Trent University to the downtown corridor and beyond.

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East City

East City offers small shops, and boutique stores, and no shortage of trails and quaint streets to run, walk or bike through. While making your way over the Hunter St. bridge from downtown, you’ll smell deliciousness coming from the Quaker plant, and of course don’t forget to check out the liftlocks!

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Riverview Park & Zoo

For decades, the park and zoo have attracted over a quarter of a million visitors a year. And no wonder – the zoo features 25+ exhibits, with over 48 species, including Yak, Camel, Two-Toed Sloth, Wallaby, Emu, River Otter, Squirrel Monkey, Crocodile, Sichuan Takin, Meerkat and more! The park covers 55.5 acres and includes the largest and most diversified playground in the city. It also features equipment for physically-challenged children. With a splash pad, frisbee golf course, walking trails, a miniature train ride, and beautiful gardens we have something for everyone.

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Reference: Peterborough.ca, Ontariotrails.on.ca, Peterborough Utilities