Events

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 tours 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.


2020 Events


Ballots, Booze & Bullets

September 12 — SOLD OUT || September 19 — SOLD OUT || September 26 — SOLD OUT
7 – 9PM

Take a walk with our costumed guide through the streets of East City as they reveal the illicit activities that took place there during the Prohibition Era. Along the way, you’ll learn how some of the area’s infamous bootleggers plied their trade, and what it took for law enforcement officers to stop them.

We take the safety of our attendees and volunteer guides very seriously. Screening prior to each tour will be done and we will adhere to appropriate physical distancing throughout the tour. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged. While everyone is welcome, we encourage you to enjoy the tours with members of your circle.


Mark Your Spot

September 20 Tickets || September 27 Tickets
1 – 2:30PM

This tour will emphasise the architectural aspects of Little Lake Cemetery stones, mausoleums and the chapel. It is intended to help participants understand mostly the stones themselves, with their decorations and attributes.

Led by knowledgeable guide, Don Willcock, you will learn about the symbols including the various types of crosses, materials including the unique use of Zinc and why granite rather than limestone is the preferred choice today.

We take the safety of our attendees and volunteer guides very seriously. Screening prior to each tour will be done and we will adhere to appropriate physical distancing throughout the tour. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged. While everyone is welcome, we encourage you to enjoy the tours with members of your circle.


Tragic Tales

September 20 Tickets || September 27 Tickets
3 – 4:30PM

On this tour, you’ll hear stories of grief and woe from days past. From Little Freddie McMaster’s strange demise to Daniel McDonald’s amazing career & previously unknown details of the 1916 Quaker Fire, all will be revealed.

We take the safety of our attendees and volunteer guides very seriously. Screening prior to each tour will be done and we will adhere to appropriate physical distancing throughout the tour. The wearing of masks is strongly encouraged. While everyone is welcome, we encourage you to enjoy the tours with members of your circle.



** Reservations are required for all tours **