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 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 2019

3rd Annual Plant Sale – May 25
8am-Noon

Get some great new plants for your garden or donate some extra plants. We appreciate your support which keeps our not-for-profit archives flourishing!

We are accepting donations between May 22 and May 24.

What items are acceptable donations?

  • All kinds of garden plants including perennials, herbs and small shrubs.
  • No house plants please.
  • Gardening books (in good condition)
  • No invasive plants, please.
  • Plants should be potted a week before the sale (please attach identification to the plant)

Where can I drop of donations?

  • Donations can be dropped off at Trent Valley Archives 567 Carnegie Avenue, Peterborough.
  • Please drop items off between May 22 and May 24 and during our regular business hours (10am to 4pm).

Please contact Trent Valley Archives with any questions.


Ladies of Little Lake – May 26
2:30-4PM
$17.00

Little Lake Cemetery Tour
Meet women artists, pioneers and businesswomen from Peterborough’s past whose lives and contributions still shape our community today.

Tickets – May 26

Ballots, Booze & Bullets – June 15, 22, 29
7-10PM
$22.00

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!

Tickets – June 15 Tickets – June 22 Tickets – June 29

Tragic Tales – July 5, 12, 19, 26
7-8:30PM
$17.00

Little Lake Cemetery Tour
A walking tour featuring tales of woe from the early days of Peterborough.

Tickets – July 5 Tickets – July 12 Tickets – July 19 Tickets – July 26

World War One Tour – August 7, 21
6:30-8PM
$17.00

Comradery and Coping in the Trenches
When Little Lake Cemetery was designed back in 1850, it was designed as a place of quiet contemplation. It is we think, an ideal place to remember the horrors of the trenches, the courage and resilience of our soldiers, the terrible waste of human life.

Join Don Down of the Western Front Association at Little Lake Cemetery as he reflects on the lives of local soldiers and considers how they may have coped with the terrors of the trenches.

Tickets – August 7 Tickets – August 21

Eerie Ashburnham Ghost Walk – August 9, 16, 23, 30
7-9PM
$17.00

East City Stories
Explore the ghostly past of East City by lantern light. This year’s tour will focus on hauntings between the Theatre Guild and the Lift Lock.


Museums of Oshawa Bus Tour – September 12
8AM-5PM
$65.00

Road Trip!
Following up on last year’s sold out bus trip to the United Empire Loyalist Centre we are excited to announce a new day trip to the Oshawa Community Museum and Parkwood Estate.

Oshawa Museum (OM)
Join us for a not to be missed “insiders look” behind the scenes at the OM where you will experience exhibits and artifacts not normally available to the general public.

The OM showcases the history of Oshawa from the “earliest First Nation occupation to the end of WWII”. Administered by the Oshawa Historical Society the OM features a variety of exhibits, an archival collection and museum shop in three restored homes circa 1840. Oshawa Museum Web Site

Parkwood National Historic Site
Step back in time with us and experience the home of the late R.S. McLaughlin, Canadian auto baron and founder of General Motors of Canada. Inspired by early 20th century Beaux-Arts design, this 15,000 Sq. Ft., 55-room mansion was built between 1915 and 1917. The art, architecture, gardens, landscaping and original furnishings, all faithfully preserved, have provided the backdrop for many popular movies and TV shows such as Murdoch Mysteries and Anne of Green Gables. Parkwood Web Site

Book early! || Tickets Available

One date only; Thursday, September 12th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket fee incudes bus and entry to both sites. A lunch stop will be made but lunch is not included in the ticket price.


Little Lake Cemetery Pageant – September 28, tours begin at 6PM
September 29, tours begin at 1PM
$22.00

A cast of cemetery residents played by local actors share tales of their lives in Peterborough’s historic landscape cemetery. This outdoor theatre event concludes inside the cemetery’s Victorian chapel.


Downtown Ghost Walk – October 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25
7-9PM
$17.00

Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern lit tour around Peterborough’s most haunted buildings. A popular Halloween tradition since 2003.


Home Movie Day – October 19
1-4PM
Free Event

Share your 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS home movies and discover why their preservation is important to our community’s heritage.


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