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.


Oct
13
Thu
A Tour at TVA – Open House
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm

Information on this event will be posted here soon.

Oct
15
Sat
Book Launch: Trent-Severn Waterway, 1907-2021,Then & Now
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to announce its latest books in the TVA Memories Series, Bob Reid’s Trent-Severn Waterway, 1907-2021, Then & Now .

Reid’s book features photographs taken over a century ago by David Eason, sometime superintendent of the Trent Canal, which have been paired with Bob Reid’s colour photographs capturing the same setting today. As well, the book has an interesting narrative written by Andrew H. Wilson on the engineering history of the canal, written in 2017 and used here by permission of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Reid has added a chronology highlighting some of the key developments in the history of the canal.

The book launch will take place on the lawn at Trent Valley Archives, 567 Carnegie Avenue, on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to noon. There will be opportunities to get your books autographed, to peruse our book store, and to chat with the author and with history buffs.

Oct
20
Thu
Eerie Ashburnham East Side Stories Ghost Walk
Oct 20 @ 7:00 pm

Eerie Ashburnham:  East Side Stories features the haunted history of Peterborough’s most famous structure, the Lift Lock. Participants will also learn about the Theatre Guild’s ghost-in-residence and the strange sightings at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as many lesser known hauntings. This tour also includes a trek up Armour Hill, so bring a flashlight, wear good walking shoes and be prepared for a workout.

Oct
21
Fri
Eerie Ashburnham Wicked Walk of the West Ghost Walk
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm

This tour which begins at Driscoll Terrace on Hunter St. in East City, will bring alive the dark side of Ashburnham, also known as East City. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will lead you by lantern light through the streets, expertly weaving together the ghosts and the stories behind them.

From the hauntings at Quaker Oats in connection with the 1916 fire to the strange happenings at Engleburn, you’ll be mesmerized by the experiences that many in the area have reported. As some have done on previous tours, you might even hear the “talking trees” on your walk near the Hunter Street Bridge.

Oct
26
Wed
Eerie Ashburnham East Side Stories Ghost Walk
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm

Eerie Ashburnham:  East Side Stories features the haunted history of Peterborough’s most famous structure, the Lift Lock. Participants will also learn about the Theatre Guild’s ghost-in-residence and the strange sightings at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as many lesser known hauntings. This tour also includes a trek up Armour Hill, so bring a flashlight, wear good walking shoes and be prepared for a workout.

Oct
27
Thu
Eerie Ashburnham Wicked Walk of the West Ghost Walk
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm

This tour which begins at Driscoll Terrace on Hunter St. in East City, will bring alive the dark side of Ashburnham, also known as East City. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will lead you by lantern light through the streets, expertly weaving together the ghosts and the stories behind them.

From the hauntings at Quaker Oats in connection with the 1916 fire to the strange happenings at Engleburn, you’ll be mesmerized by the experiences that many in the area have reported. As some have done on previous tours, you might even hear the “talking trees” on your walk near the Hunter Street Bridge.

Oct
28
Fri
Eerie Ashburnham East Side Stories Ghost Walk
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm

Eerie Ashburnham:  East Side Stories features the haunted history of Peterborough’s most famous structure, the Lift Lock. Participants will also learn about the Theatre Guild’s ghost-in-residence and the strange sightings at the former St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as many lesser known hauntings. This tour also includes a trek up Armour Hill, so bring a flashlight, wear good walking shoes and be prepared for a workout.

Nov
6
Sun
Military Tour – Little Lake Cemetery
Nov 6 @ 4:30 pm