Summer FUN Guide: Historic Sites

Check out the amazing places you can experience a step back in time.

Black Creek Pioneer Village

Does your child start nodding off at the mere mention of a history lesson? Well, make it fun with a visit to a nearby history museum and you might just spark an interest in the past. Check out the amazing places you can experience a step back in time. This summer, unplug the family and step back in time at one of these historic sites that are fun for kids and adults alike.

Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto, ON M3J 2Z3
416-736-1733 |
Black Creek Pioneer Village is more than a collection of buildings and artifacts. Here, you will become immersed in the lifestyles, customs, and surroundings of early residents who built the foundations for modern Toronto and Ontario. Spanning more than 30 acres of pristine country landscapes, the Village is a living history experience featuring heritage buildings originating in communities across south central Ontario that have been faithfully furnished with original furniture and artifacts. In the buildings, and surrounding gardens and farmyards you will find historical interpreters and trades people in authentic period dress who will demonstrate and explain for you how people lived, worked and played in mid 19th century rural Ontario.

Pickering Museum Village
2365 Concession Road 6, Greenwood, ON L0H 1H0
Think History is boring? Think again! When was the last time you smelled fresh baked bread, played Capture the Flag, or learned how to make rope? At Pickering Museum Village, you will engage all five of your senses. Explore nineteen heritage buildings and gardens including a general store and steam barn; travel back in time with costumed guides; and experience family fun like never before. Pickering Museum Village offers tours, events, programs, birthday parties, and camps. It’s a new adventure every time!

More to explore...

Benares Historic House
1507 Clarkson Rd N, Mississauga, ON L5J 2W8
905 615-4860
With more than 160 years of history, this exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Feel the warmth and pride of workmanship in this home which has been restored to its quiet elegance of the early 20th century. Begin your tour at the Visitor Centre. Explore the interpretive gallery; become acquainted with previous generations of the family and discover how Benares came to be. More info

Bradley Museum
1620 Orr Rd, Mississauga, ON L5J 4T2
Open the doors to the 19th century and discover the Bradley Museum. Your journey begins at our Visitor Centre in The Anchorage, an Ontario Regency style cottage on the grounds of the museum. The Anchorage now houses changing exhibits, gift shop, meeting room, administrative offices and collections storage space. More info

Casa Loma
1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8
Visit Canada's Majestic Castle, Casa Loma and step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendour. More info

Colborne Lodge
11 Colborne Lodge Dr., Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3
This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837. Drop in and view the many original furnishings and artifacts and some of John Howard's own watercolours depicting images of early Toronto. More info

Fort York
250 Fort York Blvd., Toronto, ON M5V 3K9   
Built in 1793, Fort York National Historic Site is the birthplace of urban Toronto. It is best known as the location where the Battle of York came to its violent climax in 1813 during the War of 1812. Today, its defensive walls enclose Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. More info

Mackenzie House
82 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1X5
Mackenzie House is the restored home of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first Mayor, a radical journalist and publisher, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada. The museum offers visitors the chance to explore the recreated 1850s print shop and modern gallery and enjoy the many changing exhibitions. Don't miss annual events. More info

Markham Museum
9350 Markham Road, Markham, ON L3R 9W3
The Markham Museum connects
the history of Markham to today’s new ‘settlers’ by examining our environment and the tools we use to adapt to our changing world. The 25-acre Museum site offers:
exhibits, school programs, public programs and events, private event venues and research facilities. Look for special events throughout the season. More info

Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas Street West, Etobicoke, ON M9A 1A8
History comes to life at Montgomery's Inn! Montgomery's Inn has been a landmark in Etobicoke for over 180 years. Now surrounded by a rapidly expanding metropolis, it continues to provide visual evidence of early 19th-century life in this region. Today, the museum has been restored to its heyday of 1847 and extends the tradition of hospitality that the Montgomerys started in the 1830s. More info

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate
8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON  L6J 2Y5
The historic buildings of Erchless Estate were once home to Oakville’s founding family but are now the setting for Oakville's community museum. Today, visitors can still enjoy that magnificent view and explore the beautiful buildings, grounds and gardens of Erchless. The Oakville Museum offers guided tours of the Chisholm family home, changing exhibitions, special events and programs that tell the fascinating stories of our town. More info

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
16164 Highway 12, Midland, ON L4R 4K8
A National Historic Attraction of a 17th century First Nation and European Community. A nationally significant historic site with 25 reconstructed buildings that include barracks, a church, and more. More info

Scarborough Museum
1007 Brimley Road, Scarborough, ON M1P 3X9
Discover rural life from the 1850s to 1900 in Scarborough's Thomson Memorial Park. Scarborough Museum is a fun, friendly place to visit. There's something for
everyone, from community events and kids' day camps and birthday parties, to great volunteer opportunities for youth! Admission is by donation. More info

Spadina Museum Historic House & Gardens
285 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2V6
Take in the beauty of one of Toronto's finest mansions and tour its restored Edwardian gardens. For over a century, Spadina was home to three generations of the
Austin family. Spadina Museum has been restored to accurately reflect how the Austin family lived during the inter-war period. Visitors can view the authentic artifacts, furnishings, and changing exhibits or explore the estate's 1905 era garden. More info

Upper Canada Village
13740 County Rd. 2, Morrisburg, ON KOC 1XO
Upper Canada Village is a heritage park in the village of Riverside which depicts a 19th century village in Upper Canada feating a blacksmith shop, cook’s tavern,
flour mills, and more. More info

Westfield Heritage Village
1049 Kirkwall Road, Kirkwall, ON L0R 1X0
Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. More info

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You Might Also Like

Find Yourself In Nature At Scenic Caves Nature Adventures

Located in 370 unspoiled acres of natural beauty, you and your family can safely explore a breathtaking world of adventures rich in nature.

Where Families Can Go Fishing During COVID-19

After months in isolation, families are heading out to enjoy the great outdoors. Family fishing is an ideal activity since you can safely distance yourself from others in nature's open spaces. Where to go...

Ontario Celebrating Canada Day With Free Parks Admission & Free Fishing

The Ontario government is celebrating Canada Day by offering free admission for day use at all provincial parks on July 1. Free fishing will also be extended to 2 weeks.