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Events & Traditions


Traill College is a lively place with a busy schedule of activities that satisfy a broad cross-section of interests and tastes.  All college events are open to the public, most are without charge.

  • Thursday evenings are “College Evenings” at The Trend where you can find open mic nights, trivia nights and live musical performances.

  • In the Fall, the English Department with the support of Traill College hosts “Writers’ Reading,” a dynamic event that sees some of Canada’s best authors read from their works on a weekly basis.

  • The first Wednesday of every month, the College hosts the Symons Seminar Series for Graduate Research.  This is the long- running, student-led symposium sees graduate students in the humanities and the science present their research and try to find connections between the disciplines.

  • Every year, the College sponsors a Traill Visiting Fellow who lives in college, participates in student life and offers public lectures.

  • Traill is also renowned for its formal dinners, held in the Fall and Spring that bring together students, professors and community members over food, fellowship and live entertainment.

  • All summer long, Traill hosts Pizza Fridays were for the low price of $5 students, staff and faculty get together and share interests.

  • Traill also supports the other departments at the College in bringing guest speakers in History, Cultural, Media and Canadian Studies, English and other disciplines.

  • Traill College is home to Trent University’s Continuing Education Program that offers adult education courses to the larger Peterborough community at reasonable prices.


Being Trent University’s oldest college, Traill has over five decades of traditions that make up its collegiate tapestry.

Traill boasts the second-longest alumni event in the university. For over 40 years, the Team Trend hockey tournament has brought together Traill alumni.

We have mascots (The Happy Box and Tucker the Squirrel) and even a ghost (or two). The Traill BBQ and Traill Carnival are two newly reestablished traditions that bring hundreds of visitors.

Come by and find out for yourself why more and more people are saying, “Traill Wow!”