The Tricolour was founded in 1928, taking the place of faculty yearbooks that had been produced annually since around the turn of the century. From 1928 to 1977, it was called the "Tricolor" yearbook. In 1978, it became the "Tricolour."
The Tricolour is published every October and is available to all students who attended Queen's the previous academic year. It contains hundreds of pictures of the year in review and brief descriptions of the year's main academic, social, and sporting events. It also contains photographs of all graduating students.
The yearbook is produced entirely by students and is funded by the Alma Mater Society.