Nassau Mills was a small hamlet on the outskirts of Peterborough,
Ontario. There were about 40 homes built on Trent Canal property
with a lease of 99 years. In the early 60’s Canadian General Electric
donated a large piece of property at Nassau to Trent University.
Trent University then expropriated many properties around Nassau including
all the private homes and several farms. The leases did not mean anything.
The River Road that ran through the middle of the new Trent University
was renamed Nassau Mills Road. Trent University lobbied the City
of Peterborough to amalgamate the University property into the City.
As soon as their property was inside the City, they then demanded sewer
The portion of the River Road between the former City Limits and
Nassau Mills was renamed to Armour Rd. This portion of the River
Road runs alongside the Otonabee River. It is a winding road and
very picturesque. North of Nassau Mills, the Otonabee River/Trent
Canal bisects the Trent University property. The River Road that
became Nassau Mills Road, runs alongside the Otonabee River/Trent Canal
for about 5 KM to the City Limits and then becomes County Road 32 and continues
for another 5 KM to the village of Lakefield.
Trent University now wants the City to close Nassau Mills Road and
build a ‘Ring Road’ to take traffic around the Eastern limits of the University
property. This would close off about 4 or 5 KM of one of the most
beautiful drives in the area. Not to mention one of the best motorcycle
A developer that is interested in building a subdivision just south
of Nassau Mills, wants the City to re-align Armour Road away from the
river so that the road can handle more traffic. Again this would
close part of the drive along the river.
I have been fighting against any closing of this road for a couple
of years now and so far the road remains open.
You can read my presentation to City Council here.
You can see the pictures of the River Rd./Armour Rd./Nassau Mills
Rd. County Rd. here.