With the temperatures rising, COVID-19 restrictions easing, and a planned power outage on campus, it is the perfect time for students to explore Peterborough’s vibrant downtown. In fact, the University has declared March 19 Downtown Day.
“With the lights off on campus, Downtown Day is a fantastic opportunity for Trent students to flip the switch and light up the Electric City and support local businesses,” says Julie Davis, vice president of External Relations and Development at Trent. “As a vital part of the Peterborough community, Trent University is committed to supporting local businesses by ongoing collaborations with the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), Peterborough + Kawarthas Chamber and Peterborough and the Kawarthas Tourism.
The University accounts for nine per cent of the City’s GDP, with Trent students making an economic impact of around $322 million annually. Through initiatives such as Downtown Day and Discover Peterborough Bingo, Trent students have the opportunity to learn more about Peterborough’s thriving arts, culture and entertainment scene, or visit some of the City’s trendy restaurants.
“We are always pleased to work with Trent and to welcome students to our downtown community,” says Terry Guiel, executive director, DBIA. “Students are such a key part of our community and are a catalyst for our City’s prosperity.”
“Students are a vital asset to the local economy," says Joe Rees, director of Tourism, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development. "The team at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism is pleased to welcome students to the region, and to help them get to know the local community. The Visitor Centre, located in Downtown Peterborough is an important resource for students to discover what this region has to offer.”
Students can make use of this helpful map to explore local shops, eateries, and other locations where they can use their Trent Card. Also, check out the Trent Events Calendar for more fun activities on March 19.