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.
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