Offering a picturesque location on the main campus of Trent University – right on the banks of the Otonobee River – Cleantech Commons™ is designed to be a point of convergence for academic and business partners driving innovation in clean, green, low-carbon, sustainable, and circular economy solutions, especially those focused on water technologies, contaminant analysis, agro-biotechnology and biomaterials. See “Building the foundations for a cluster of clean innovation”.
Our clean technology hub affords tenants access to some 1,400 acres of Trent land and over 30 kilometres of nature trails on one of Canada’s most picturesque campuses.
Beyond that, Peterborough and the Kawarthas “is a cyclist’s playground – for both road and mountain bike riders,” says Canadian Cycling Magazine; while the City of Peterborough website details at least eight recreational walking and cycling trails of 15 to 40 km in length.
In a July 12, 2023 article, “Cycling in Peterborough & the Kawarthas: Your Complete Guide to Some of the Best Cycling in Ontario,” Chris Mitchell, aka “travelingmitch”, writes “The sheer diversity of cycling on offer in Peterborough & the Kawarthas is astounding.”
He writes that he “spent a number of days tackling the most popular routes of the region, but the overwhelming feeling I left with was that I could return weekend after weekend, and I’d never run out of intriguing routes, both gravel and paved. Beyond just the riding, there’s the community, and that makes cycling in Peterborough & the Kawarthas a must-do for the riders in this province.”
The combination of lush forest, drumlins, wetlands, streams and open fields at Trent University provides a unique learning and recreational environment that is used by students, faculty and staff alike and is fully accessible to members of the Cleantech Commons community.
Located on the Otonobee River, Cleantech Commons also offers rowers, kayakers, and canoeists access to one of the best leisure and racing rivers in Canada, with over 6km of flat water.
(In the off-season, rowers keep in shape through the use of outstanding land training facilities at the Trent Athletic Center. At Trent, you can stay in competitive form all year round!)
With this prime location, Trent is also the perfect home for the Head of the Trent – the largest single-day rowing regatta in Canada, and one of the largest in North America.
Held on Homecoming weekend each fall, this event draws more than 2,000 competitors from across Canada and the United States.
The Peterborough Rowing Club is dedicated to providing both competitive and recreational rowing opportunities to the local community.
The Otonobee River flows from Katchewanooka Lake, at the north end of the community of Lakefield, through the city of Peterborough to Rice Lake. It is in the Great Lakes Basin and forms part of the Trent-Severn Waterway – a 386-kilometre-long canal route connecting Lake Ontario at Trenton to Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, at Port Severn.
Its scenic, meandering route has been called “one of the finest interconnected systems of navigation in the world” – and offers a world-class boating adventure.
It takes just over a week to travel the length of the Waterway by boat. Passing through 37 conventional locks, two sets of flight locks, two of the world’s highest hydraulic lift locks and a marine railway are all part of the trip. Boaters are also free to embark from any point, taking shorter overnight or day-long trips on the Trent River, Kawartha Lakes and Lake Simcoe or Severn River.