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“Step back in time!”

Doon Heritage Village
Ranked #3 of 45 things to do in Kitchener
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Doon Heritage Village is a 60 acre living history village, exploring life in rural Waterloo Region in the year 1914. The village is open daily throughout the summer season; and open weekdays only during the months of September, October and November. The village is open on selected weekends in December - check the museum's website for specific dates and times. The Waterloo Region Museum is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village. One admission price includes entry to the village and museum exhibit galleries. The village comes to life with knowledgeable interpreters dressed in authentic 1914 clothing and features historic buildings, farm animals and fun activities the whole family will enjoy. Learn what was happening locally, provincially, nationally and internationally in the year 1914, the time period Doon Heritage Village is set in, by watching the museum's Orientation Video, available on-line and in the Waterloo Region Museum's Christie® Theatre.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
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62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Step back in time!”
Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

A really neat village collection of houses and buildings, set in 1914. A great place to take young kids as there is the opportunity to walk around to burn energy. Very cute farm animals and a train to look at, too!

Visited May 2014
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62 reviews from our community

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English first
Kitchener, Canada
Level Contributor
58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Beautiful experience”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

My friend brought me here for a Christmas candle light walk. It was wonderful! We were given a tour by lantern light and went to the various structures. The hay ride was great! There were even treats at some of the places. My favorite stop was at the end. We were treated, by candle light, to Christmas carols. Would do this again in a heart beat! A suggestion for anyone else, though, dress warm!

Visited December 2013
Thank Maggie V
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Kitchener, Canada
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25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“My neighborhood historic village”
Reviewed November 11, 2013

I have lived around the corner from this remarkable recreated century old village for quite a long time, even bringing my Grade 5-6 classes to be educated in that time period. It is one of the oldest examples in the Kitchener area of life in a bygone century with costumed interpreters and genuine heritage gardens, barn, church and buildings of daily life pertaining to people who used to live there; homes of long passed families. There is a marvellous train engine from the days of steam, and a brand new Museum on its grounds with many examples of early industry and life in the 1900s as well as modern exhibits which rotate regularly. There is a free admission day on July 1st and there are Christmas lantern tours with additional fees from the regular admission. There are events at different times of the year and it is all at a very reasonable cost.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank dorisanna2013
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Region of Waterloo, Canada
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94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great inexpensive Kids outing”
Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a great little gem for a great price. There are a lot of things for children to see and very educational too. It is worth the trip to see life back in time in a nice environment. There are a lot of animals here too.

Visited October 2012
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A trip to Ontario in 1914”
Reviewed August 7, 2013

Doon Heritage Crossroads depicts life as it might have been experienced in a village in south-western Ontario on the eve of the First World War. (Some of the Anne of Green Gables films were also shot here.) We visited on a very hot day during a heatwave, but many of the houses and shops were relatively cool inside, there were shade trees in many locations, and heritage style ice water coolers were thoughtfully provided for visitors in various places. Despite wearing historic costume which must have been very warm, the staff were just as pleasant as if it were a cool autumn day. They were all friendly and knowledgeable and made the visit to each house, shop or workshop a pleasure. There were also many activities to take part in and though we did not, we did see a number of young families who did. (e.g. scarecrow making; quilting, etc.) We ended our visit in the cool of the large museum which acts as both entrance and exit to the village, and which puts Doon in the greater context of the history of the Waterloo region. Overall, this was a pretty little historical village and well worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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