A Visit to Pioneer Village

As a child growing up in Toronto, there was always the iconic field trip to Black Creek Pioneer Village. The adventure was eye opening for me and my sixth grade friends. Now, many (many) years later, I decided to take my son to the 19th century historic site.

We visited Pioneer Village on a warm summer afternoon, and as we walked through the Visitors’ Centre and on to the grounds, we took a magical step back in time. Take a look at our photos:

There is a Hands-On History Centre for kids. My son built a log cabin and played with 19th century toy replicas.

Just as we were leaving we spotted some Pioneer Village campers, dressed in full costume.


Pioneer Village is located at 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, near Steeles Avenue West and Jane Street. The grounds are accessible via TTC and parking is $7.00. Admission is $15 for adults and $11 for kids age 5-15. Note kids under 15 are FREE (on weekdays) for the month of August!

There is a collection of special events that take place throughout the fall and winter. From Victorian dancing, wagon rides, brewery tours, Thanksgiving feasts, and Christmas celebrations, there's something for everyone.

During our visit, historical interpreters (employees who act as community members from the 19th century) were inside many of the homes and cottages. We learned how to make cookies, spin wool, work with tin, and print a newspaper. The interpreters were friendly, knowledgeable, and provided a unique experience for visitors.

Fun Fact

Pioneer Village houses forty heritage buildings and 50, 000 historical artifacts. The Village came to be in 1954, when the Metropolitan Toronto and Region and Conversation Authority decided to create a living history museum. The doors opened in 1960, and over the past few decades, the MTRCA has added historical buildings from all over southern Ontario.

Did you visit Pioneer Village when you were a kid? Any special memories? Plan to make another visit with your little ones?

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