on July 27, 2010
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a museum dedicated to Toronto’s area pioneers. It was built around an original farm and now includes more than 30 faithfully restored historic buildings, most of which were moved here from other communities. The aim of this museum is to recreate what life was like in Ontario in the 1860s.The buildings house a Masonic Lodge, a barn, a cider mill, a printing office, private homes, the doctor’s office, a weaver’s shop, a school, a church, the town hall and many others.There is an interpreter in period costume in each building that explains what the building was used for, who lived in it, what daily activities took place and the like. They are quite knowledgeable and are happy to answer all your questions. The men were demonstrating crafts and tasks like making a broom or forging a tool. The women were at home, reading or doing needlepoint by the window, the only source of light. It must have been hard on the eyes since it was overcast.Although there are guided tours and talks on a daily basis, I took a visitor’s guide and toured the place on my own, which worked out fine. Visitors can take carriage rides but I decided not to since it was a rather wet day.There are two places to eat: the snack bar inside the Event Pavilion and the Half Way House Inn & Brewery. The restaurant is in the basement of this historic inn. I ordered their special lemonade made according to an old recipe; it was OK, and the ploughman’s lunch. It was OK too, although it wasn’t exactly a traditional ploughman’s lunch because it came with chicken and a maple mustard sauce. I did a little shopping at the gift shop: some Turkish delight and a vintage-looking map of Upper Canada (as Ontario was originally called) printed at the village’s printing office.There are lot of interesting things to see and do for adults and kids. Black Creek Pioneer Village is a great venue for a family day out.
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