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“Lovely place”

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Ranked #48 of 501 things to do in Toronto
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Owner description: With its 35 restored buildings from the 1860s, this village recreates Victorian-era pioneer life for visitors.
Sussex
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Lovely place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2014

This is the second time of visiting and we enjoyed it as much as the first time. The only drawback were the bus loads of small children which did monopolise the whole place. Some things were only open to the children which I thought was a bit unfair, they were having lessons there. Still, all in all it was a good time.

Visited May 2014
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Tasmania, Australia
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“Fun, historical village surrounded by a ghetto”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014

Black Creek Pioneer Village was an intriguing insight into the lives of early Canadian pioneers. Staff wearing period dress are stationed throughout village buildings. They do a great job explaining pioneer life and how that applied to the inhabitants of the building they're in. Friendly and welcoming of questions, it's a shame not all buildings had staff in them during our visit.

The map was easy enough to follow and a few interactive buildings provided fun photo opportunities! It was lovely seeing all the greenery after a long Toronto winter and the surrounding trees helped create a beautiful atmosphere (if only they blocked out all the surrounding buildings!).

There were numerous school groups when we visited which meant we had to wait for them to leave buildings before entering. The noise of school kids when we entered Black Creek meant we couldn't hear the admission prices or what the staff member was saying to us.

As an international visitor, I was perhaps hoping to learn a bit more about early Canadian history, forgetting that the settlers were British and this was perhaps a time before Canada had established an identity of its own.

Unfortunately during our visit, we couldn't find any food options. The restaurant wasn't open which meant we ended up pretty hungry. We had to spend $10 in the gift shop at the end for crackers and fudge. Make sure you bring a packed lunch! Our hunger perhaps made us rush the end of our Black Creek experience, skipping a building or two.

We caught public transport to Black Creek, which was a long journey through a rough area of Toronto. If a tourist, ensure you have a map or set-plan as it's not an area you want to get lost in!

Black Creek Pioneer Village should be a must-visit for younger generations. They need to learn of the challenges and way of life before the days of iPads and Facebook. Days in which helped shape a nation and should put firmly in perspective, our worries of the 21st century!

Visited May 2014
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Haifa, Israel
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“If you talk with the guides you will be fascinated.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2014

The people manning each of the different buildings are what makes this place special. Ask them questions about life 200 years ago connected with the building they are working in and you will be told stories and will learn so much about what it was like living back then.

Want to know more about it before you commit yourself to a day or half-day visit? I wrote a piece about my visit and have photos to accompany it: http://wizzley.com/visit-pioneer-village-toronto-canada/

Visited May 2014
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Durham, United Kingdom
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“A Great Facility That Should Be Treasured”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

We visited Black Creek, on this our second trip to Canada, because we had heard such good things about it from my parents. We weren't disappointed.
Despite it being midweek and out of season, the site was fully open and the staff were extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I learned so much in this afternoon visit, and gained such empathy for the pioneers and their daily lives, but at no time did I feel overwhelmed by facts and figures: the Village staff were simply so good at their job.
We ate authentic food in the hotel, drank locally-produced beer and visited the pioneers in their homes, at school and at work.
I'd love to come again, and it' already on my list for our next visit to Canada.

Visited November 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“RE Do”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2014

I would like to visit it again when there is a festival or something because otherwise it is a bit boring

Visited September 2013
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