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One of my family’s favorite things to explore are historical areas, and we stumbled upon one of the best historical places to explore – Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto Canada!
Traveling to Black Creek Pioneer Village
I allowed Ally to plan this trip, so I didn’t know where we were going! We hopped in an Uber and found out that it would be about a 40-minute drive from our airport. Well, nothing like the present for an adventure!
When we first arrived at Black Creek, I was confused because it looked like we were visiting a school building. There were also two busses for field trips, and I almost turned around and accused Ally of bringing us to a school! But once we walked in I just realized that I was jumping to conclusions, and we were in fact in the correct place.
When then approached the ticketing desk and discussed pricing options. We purchased two Adults ($15 each) and one Senior ($12) ticket If you rented a car, parking would cost $7.
I also recently saw that Toronto updated the subway line so that it goes about a half mile away from Black Creek Pioneer Village.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is an outdoor museum that recreates how life once was in rural Ontario. There are some original buildings, and others were brought onto the land to create the village. Exploring everything this Village has can take all day, we spent about 5 hours here, so I suggest bringing a snack with you to keep you going throughout the day.
Depending on when you visit, many of the buildings have reenactors. We were lucky to have many people working in the shops, showing us how things were made and created back then.
Some of my favorite buildings were the Tinsmith Shop, the Printing Office, and the Laskay Emporium.
Another one of my favorite things about Black Creek Pioneer Village is the abundance of wildlife in the Village. While we were there, I saw sheep, rabbits, and chickens!
Brewery and Bakery
Depending on what time you arrive at Black Creek Pioneer Village, race straight to the Bakery and put in your order for freshly baked bread. We ended up heading over to the Brewery and Bakery at 12:30 because that’s when the beer tastings started, and we just missed ordering bread. We did, however, get to nibble on some cookies with our beer tasting.
As an avid reader, you’ve probably noticed that I love beer flights. There was no way I could pass up the opportunity to sample some beers made in the style of the 1860s. The family ended up trying a flight of the Brown, Pale Ale, and Amber Ale.
There is an opportunity to do a brewing apprenticeship. Unfortunately, I could not participate in the once in a lifetime apprenticeship (I had to make sure I had time to go to the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District!), but this apprenticeship allows you to brew beer and take home a two-liter growler!
Even though we didn’t make any beer, we did end up taking a growler of the Amber Ale home with us!
We were able to navigate pretty quickly with the transport chair. About half of the Village has boardwalks which made it extremely easy to go into some of the buildings. Many of the buildings we needed to do a step up to get into the actual building, but many buildings also had ramps. We were able to navigate through the gravel pathway pretty quickly, but if there were rain (or snow!), we would not have been so lucky. Make sure you go on a bright, dry day if you are using any assistive device.
There are some wheelchairs available at the front desk on a first-come, first served basis.
When to Visit
We visited on a sunny day in early December. Luckily, it had not recently rained or snowed, so it was easy to navigate to and from all of the buildings. I would love to come here on a Spring Day to see all of the animals out and about and the trees full of their leaves.
If you want a loaf of that coveted bread, make sure to get to Black Creek as soon as it opens and race over to the bakery!
Have you ever visisted a historic site while on vacation?
Check out where else I visited in Toronto: Christmas Market at the Distillery District and Casa Loma.
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