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 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 @ 6:00PM September 30 Tickets @ 1:00PM
September 29 Tickets @ 6:20PM September 30 Tickets @ 1:20PM

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)
If you would like to be added to a cancellation list for this event, please contact TVA

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 October 19 Tickets October 24 Tickets
October 25 Tickets

** Reservations are required for all tours **
For more information on events, please contact Trent Valley Archives.