At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past– and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!
We run workshops on a variety of subjects, including history writing, interpreting land records, and caring for your archival documents. Our guided tours are also very popular — learn about Peterborough’s heritage on foot, by bus, or by bike. Other events bring history to life through re-enactment.
Planning a special event? Private tours are available for groups of 15 or more. Our guided pub crawls are popular for birthdays as well as workplace socials. A tour with Trent Valley Archives will show you a whole different side of Peterborough that you won’t soon forget! To view some of the events we’ve run previously (and will likely run again), please visit our past events page. Contact us today to plan your event.
Events List 2018
Little Lake Cemetery Women’s History Tour – May 27
2:30PM – 4PM
Meet women artists, pioneers and businesswomen from Peterborough’s past whose lives and contributions still shape our community today.
|May 27 Tickets|
Scandals and Scoundrels Pub Crawl – June 8
7PM – 10PM
Listen to strange tales about Peterborough’s historic taverns. Find out how liquor and hotel culture impacted Peterborough’s past and present. There will be time to stop for a drink!
(Ticket price does not include your beverage. This tour is not suitable for children; please bring ID.)
|June 8 Tickets|
Tragic Tales Little Lake Cemetery Tour – July 6, 13, 20
7PM – 8:30PM
A walking tour featuring tales of woe from the early days of Peterborough.
|July 6 Tickets||July 13 Tickets||July 20 Tickets|
Little Lake Cemetery Tour – August 12
2PM – 3:30PM
Featuring local historian Karen Carter-Edwards. Visit the historic cemetery and learn about the movers and shakers who shaped Peterborough.
|August 12 Tickets|
Ballots, Booze & Bullets – August 11, 18, 25
7PM – 10PM
Prohibition Era East City
Discover the illicit activities that happened in East City during the 1920s and 30s. Our final stop is the Ashburnham Ale House!
(This tour is not suitable for children; please bring ID.)
|August 11 Tickets||August 18 Tickets||August 25 Tickets|
Little Lake Cemetery Pageant
29 September, tours begin at 6:00PM
30 September, tours begin at 1:00PM
A cast of cemetery residents played by local actors share tales of their lives in Canada’s most historic landscape cemetery. This outdoor theatre event concludes with a peek inside the cemetery’s Victorian chapel.
|September 29 Tickets (Coming Soon)||September 30 Tickets (Coming Soon)|
UEL Bus Tour – September 13
8AM – 5PM
Join your friends at Trent Valley Archives for a bus trip to the United Empire Loyalist Centre in Adolphustown on the beautiful Bay of Quinte!
The day bus trip will leave Peterborough for the UEL Centre in Adolphustown – near Napanee. Our morning will include a tour of the museum and grounds, a talk on the significance of the United Empire Loyalists in Canada from their time before the start of the American Revolution and their settlements in various parts of Canada, and an opportunity to research your UEL ancestors, with help from volunteers at the centre.
That will be followed by a scenic ride on the Glenora Ferry to the Inn on the Lake on the Mountain and a choice of lunch offerings. The Inn is located in an historic general store, circa 1796, on the shore of the lake, a natural curiosity with a constant flow of clean, fresh water, with no apparent source! It is 60 metres above Lake Ontario with views of the Bay of Quinte, the Glenora Ferry and the north shore.
Then the bus, a Canada Coach highway vehicle with a washroom, will return home through Picton and Highway 401.
The cost of lunch is not included. The UEL centre is not wheelchair accessible.
|September 13 Tickets (Sold Out)|
Downtown Ghost Walk – October 18, 19, 24, 25
7PM – 9PM
Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern lit tour around Peterborough’s most haunted buildings. A popular Halloween tradition since 2003.
|October 18 Tickets (Coming Soon)||October 19 Tickets (Coming Soon)||October 24 Tickets (Coming Soon)|
|October 25 Tickets (Coming Soon)|
** Reservations are required for all tours **
For more information on events, please contact Trent Valley Archives.