Head of the Trent is an annual regatta held at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Participants race along the scenic Trent Canal and Otonabee River in a 5km head style race. The regatta draws competitors primarily from Ontario, Quebec, and the northern United States, with international competitors also participating on occasion. The regatta is regarded as one of the premier events for fall rowing in the region, and competition for entries has grown increasingly more vigorous in recent years. The regatta coincides with Trent University’s homecoming celebrations, and consequently provides a unique atmosphere of spectators, festivities and activities. Crews are often cheered along by revelers at the finish line and some of the more narrow portions of the course. This year's regatta will be held on Saturday September 29th, 2012. The registration period for the regatta will run from Monday August 20th through to Friday September 14th at noon.
The founder of the Trent University Rowing Club, Chris Leach, started the Head of the Trent regatta in 1971. The inaugural regatta hosted crews from Brock University, the University of Toronto and Trent University. In the intervening years it has grown to include competition from all the universities in the region, as well as to incorporate club events. The present regatta boasts over 50 universities and clubs competing with an estimated 1,200 athletes participating over the course of the day — making Head of the Trent the largest single day regatta in North America.