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Exterior view of Scott House at Traill College in the summer time around mid-day

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Exterior view of Scott House at Traill College in the summer time around mid-day


Catharine Parr Traill College

Come and visit Catharine Parr Traill College! – this close knit community is Trent’s downtown campus.

Located in Peterborough’s downtown core Traill College marks the point at which the university intersects with the urban community.

Exterior of trail college in the fall around mid-dayFounded in 1964 as one of Trent’s two original colleges, the university named each for one of the founders of the city and original settlers in the area. As undergraduate members of college, each student can enjoy access to the Junior Common room located in Scott house and to the “Trend” Traill College’s pub located on the first floor of Wallis Hall.

Students at Traill are often out taking advantage of the college’s scenic location and architecture. Throughout the year the Scott House Lawn is a popular location for meetings, studying outside, picking up a game of soccer or football, or even lying down under one of the many shady trees and grabbing a quick nap!

Traill College is made up of a collection houses added onto the campus at different points during the 19th and 20th centuries, each reflecting the architectural motifs of the time. Check out the architecture section here for a breakdown of what each house is all about.

Get to know your college! The classrooms at Traill follow the Trent philosophy of learning through a smaller community. At Traill students will find their classes take place in small groups, where they are better able to communicate with each other and their professors on a closer scale than allowed by the lecture halls of the larger university.

Recent years have placed Traill as the home of graduate students continuing their studies here at Trent. Students both undergrad and graduate alike will find themselves taking classes at Traill’s campus, with many of the grad students' offices located at the downtown campus.