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“Large, historic living village with large entry fees.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village
1000 Murray Ross Pkwy. | (at Jane St.), Toronto, Ontario M3J 2P3, Canada
888-872-2344
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Ranked #39 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: With its 35 restored buildings from the 1860s, this village recreates Victorian-era pioneer life for visitors.
Toronto
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“Large, historic living village with large entry fees.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This village of over 40 authentic buildings [plus a CEMETERY] dating from the 1800s gives visitors a memorable historic experience of life in a 19th century Canadian settlement. Interpreters dressed in Victorian costume greet and answer questions about life and work and the animals that were bred in those times. My son's favourite part was the printer's talk where we learned the origin of "upper/lower case" letters and later purchased a simple map of old Toronto that was printed from the press there. My 5 year-old daughter was fascinated by the turkey talk with the turkeys gobbling right in front of her. It wasn't crowded on a Friday, which was great and the weather was a crisp, sunny, autumn day. So keep the weather in mind if you are visiting because it may be unbearable to walk around the village on a hot summer's day or mucky on a cold, wet day. We would definitely come back during a special event, for eg., candle-making or watch sheep being shorn. However, the cost of over $50 for a family of 4 (plus parking fee) is a bit steep for us and considering there are other [smaller] pioneer villages in Ontario to visit for half the price (like the one in Kitchener), we won't be back soon. And not all of the buildings or interpreters are open/available when you visit. Definitely check out the free Village Guidebook when you enter: it contains coupons for the restaurant and gift shop, plus the map, and events organized there. We packed snacks and water bottles to keep the costs down but The Halfway House Restaurant was fine.

Visited October 2013
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“Lamplight christmas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

Absolutly amazing!!! all done up for christmas, candles and lanterns, you can even bring your own lantern too. there were treats and music and a GREAT storyteller, The story was so well done you belived every word. There was dancing and hot apple cider and hot chocolate, It was so wonderful. It stared at 6PM and we were a half hour late, i wish i could have the half hour back. didnt want to leave, great for familys or couples. the work these people put in is so amazing and everyone is so friendly and glad your there. will be back next year for sure

Visited December 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Class visit ok, but good for small groups”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

I think this visit would be better for families than with a large group of students, because you could learn and do so much more. Very nice setting, and helpful presenters. Of interest to persons who want to learn some history - also nice homemade bread and a brewery if you go at the right time. I actually prefer Upper Canada Village in eastern Ontario, but if you are in Toronto this is a nice break from the tourist hubbub. A reasonable representation of life in early Canada.

Visited October 2013
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Greeley, Colorado
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“Very nice side trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We visited here on our last day in Toronto and, unfortunately (for us) it was so hot and humid that we could not get comfortable, even inside the buildings. The only places that were cool were the entrance and the restaurant downstairs at the halfway house. Aside from that, we thought that the village was a very interesting place to visit. the employees in period costume, actually working on things and explaining what they were doing and how things worked, was very interesting and fun to watch. the buildings are spread out so there is no crowding, and everyone seemed to be walking around at a leisurely pace.
We ate lunch at the downstairs restaurant of the halfway house and it was pretty good. we got the pulled pork sandwich and it was very filling. I would recommend this to everyone!

Visited September 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Great workshops with demonstrations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The villiage is quaint but the standout of this place is the artisans who work there and explain their trades to you, we spoke at length to staff in the cabinent makers, blacksmith, tinsmith, yarn spinning, saddlemakers, printworks and also went on the craft beer tour. Excellent for people with an interest in crafts and making things from scratch. Giftshop also sells things made on site, and you can buy the beer too.

Visited September 2013
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