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The town features a general store and an outdoor recreation facility.
- Austen Deans (2 December 1915 – 18 October 2011), noted New Zealand based artist who, with his wife and seven sons, lived and worked in Peel Forest. Deans is known for his traditional landscape paintings depicting the Canterbury high country
- Francis Jollie (1815 – 30 November 1870), Member of Parliament (1861–1870)
- Crean, Mike (30 October 2011). "Austen Deans: Just 'loved the mountains'". The Press. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand parliamentary record, 1840–1984 (4 ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 208. OCLC 154283103.
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