Located in Toronto, Canada, the Black Creek Pioneer Village aims to provide a place where visitors can experience and explore the history of Toronto in the mid-1800s. Visitors can expect to witness how life was lived during the time and how to pursue a better future through a series of interactive exhibitions and exciting events.
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The Black Creek Pioneer Village brings the past to life for visitors of all ages. Before the modern comforts of electricity, running water, technology, and machinery, life was simple and quite difficult. The village hopes to help visitors gain a clear picture of what early life in Ontario was like for the people who lived 150 years ago.
Visitors can explore this working village complete with a mill, a school, a church, various homes, and even a blacksmith shop all complete with artifacts and villagers dressed in accurate time-period clothing. This village was most likely established between 1790 and 1860 and is a great representation of Canada’s rural heritage.
Visitors can escape the modern world and embark on a fascinating journey back in time while celebrating the lifestyle of the past and pushing for a better future. The village also sticks to a strict no waste policy and supports local vendors, fair trade products, and chemical free regulations.
Things to Do:
Archery Dodgeball:Visitors can attend an exciting game of archery dodgeball! Grab a mask, bow, arrows, and armor and try to be the last one standing! The rules of dodgeball with the exciting of shooting bows and arrows. Games last for an hour and a half, are for guests ages 12 and older and must be booked ahead of time.
Beer Tastings:There is a brewery on site at the Black Creek Pioneer Village with tastings held daily for visitors. Not only is there delicious beer to taste, there is plenty to learn as well. A resident beer expert is on sight to teach visitors about how beer was brewed during the time and the brewery is the only historical functioning brewery in the entire province.
Axe Throwing:Visitors can bring their friends and learn how to throw axes, tomahawks, and hatchets at a target with the help of coaches. This is for visitors over the age of 16 and can be done competitively. The session lasts between 90 and 120 minutes and must be booked ahead of time.
Escape Games:Visitors can book an escape game for them and their group at the Black Creek Pioneer Village. Follow a series of clues, solve fascinating puzzles, and escape the village before time is up! This must be booked ahead of time.
Howling Hootenanny & Ghost Walks:Every October, the Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts at least a week of fall and Halloween themed activities for members of the entire family. Decorate a pumpkin, participate in a costume contest, explore the haunted maze, enjoy a creepy creature show, and even trick or treat! For those brave souls who want a bit scarier experience, there are also haunted ghost walks held in the evenings around Halloween. Check the calendar of events on the website for specific dates and events.
Festive Weekends:Every holiday season, the Black Creek Pioneer Village hosts a variety of festivities and Christmas-themed events, including Sunday Christmas Dinners and Storytime with Santa. Visitors can explore the snow-covered village, enjoy warm food and drinks, and enjoy live music, carriage rides, and the lavish holiday décor. Check the calendar of events on the website for specific dates and events.
There are a variety of educational resources and events suitable for school groups of all grade levels. The programs meet the Ontario educational curriculum and are suitable for approximately 20 participants per group. Special-themed programs can be booked, general exploration field trips, and resources to take back to the classroom are all available.
Students can try on clothing from the time-period, get their hands dirty in the blacksmith shop, churn butter, learn about the daily chores on a farm, and be led through the grounds by a charismatic and educational docent. Escape modern technology and learn about how important understanding the past can shape the future. Programs must be booked ahead of time and can be held during weekdays. For more information, visit the website.
Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P3, Phone: 416-736-1733