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It is my pleasure to welcome you to Catharine Parr Traill College. Traill was the first all-women’s college in the university. Now fully co-educational, it is beautifully-situated on a drumlin near the downtown core of Peterborough, embodying the original link between the university and the greater Peterborough community.

This year has been very exciting for Traill. An external review of the College has recommended that we expand, and expand we have! We will now be home to 350 undergraduates and over 500 graduate students. After two decades, the College has its own Library again. It, along with the Junior and Senior common rooms, are located in Scott House and make the perfect off-campus hub for Trent students regardless of their college affiliation.

Last year, Traill became the first Trent college to receive a separate endowment fund.  After a successful campaign, we have raised over $100,000 and are well on our way to making the College financially sustainable.

Currently, the College is the home base for the academic departments of English, Cultural StudiesMedia Studies, and Modern Languages and Literatures, the School for the Study of Canada as well as graduate programs in Cultural Studies (PhD)English (Public Texts MA)History (MA) and Theory Culture and Politics (TCP MA).


Traill College boasts a rich mix of older houses of historic significance that stand alongside modern architectural structures predominately designed by Trent’s Master Planning Architect Ron Thom (1923-1986). Traill is also home to The Trend, a pub and restaurant that has regular operating hours and is open to the public. Under new ownership The Trend has been entirely refurbished and boasts a new menu that is worth investigating!

Traill has a particular focus on the humanities and culture and hosts many cultural events to which all students and members of the community at large are invited. These include the Writers Reading series, open mic nights at The Trend, and many lectures by visiting guests. Thanks to the generosity of the Bagnani Trustees, many of these events are held in the Bagnani Lecture Hall, which contains rare artefacts from “Vogrie” the Port Hope estate of Trent professors Gilbert Bagnani (1900-1985) and Stewart Bagnani (1903-1996).

Traill provides counselling services, academic skills and academic advising to all Trent students.  As the college for all graduate students at Trent, Traill houses the offices of the Trent Graduate Students Association and CUPE 3908.

I invite you to visit Traill, attend one of our special events or just enjoy a meal at The Trend. You will always find someone around to engage you in lively discussion. 

Kristine Williams, College Assistant, and I hope to see you soon.

Dr Michael Eamon

Principal, Catharine Parr Traill College
Director, Trent Continuing Education

Co-Chair, Trent Heritage Committee

Adjunct Graduate Professor, Canadian Studies, History, Public Texts & Cultural Studies