"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

March Break Family Fun at Black Creek Pioneer Village


Step into the past and discover Toronto's roots

TORONTO, March 6, 2012 /Canada NewsWire/ - From Saturday, March 10th to Sunday, March 18th Black Creek Pioneer Village, Toronto's largest outdoor living history experience, opens its doors for March Break and invites the public to discover what life was like in early Ontario. Activities include building log cabins, old-fashioned spelling bees, puppet and musical performances with Glen Caradus, free wagon rides around the Village and watching how to make maple syrup like the pioneers did. Visit the tinsmith, learn a Victorian dance, watch the sparks fly at the blacksmith shop or take a stroll down one of three different trail routes that wind through the Village where you'll find something to see and do at every stop.

March Break Fun Highlights:

...Pioneer Play Area - Kids can explore a room full of hands-on pioneer activities such as building a log cabin, carding wool or trying a yoke and buckets.

...Free horse drawn wagon rides around the Village (12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.).

...Learn all about the history and science of maple syrup.

...All Day Pancakes: Enjoy delicious pancakes with real maple syrup at the Visitor's Centre (additional fee).

...Puppets and Music performances with Glen Caradus.

...History with the horses: Meet the farmer and our horse, Ross for an up-close encounter with this gentle giant!

Admission:

• Adults (ages 16 - 59) $15 • Children (ages 5-15) $11 • Seniors (ages 60+) $14 • Students (16+ with ID) $14 • Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) FREE • Members Free • Parking $7 per car/day (Taxes are included) * Taxes are not included in the admission

Directions:

Black Creek Pioneer Village is one block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University. The Village is south-east of Hwy 7 and Hwy 400. Parking is available on site.

Public Transportation:

Black Creek Pioneer Village can be reached from the Finch subway station using the Steeles 60 West route, or from the Jane Station using the Jane 35 route. Visit www.ttc.ca. York Region Transit has several options available. For more information visit www.yorkregiontransit.com

For more information about Black Creek Pioneer Village, visit www.blackcreek.ca, or call 416-736-1733. Join us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/BlackCreekPioneerVillage

About Black Creek Pioneer Village

Black Creek Pioneer Village is unique in Toronto: a place where visitors can step into another time and experience life as it was in early Ontario. Spanning more than 30 acres of pristine country landscapes, the Village is a living history experience. Here heritage buildings from communities across south central Ontario have been faithfully outfitted with original furniture and artifacts to re-create a rural 1860s Ontario community. Historical interpreters in period dress bring the experience to life, answering visitors' questions, and demonstrating how people lived, worked and played. The Village is located in north Toronto, close to the intersection of Highway 400 and Highway 7. Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). Funding for the Village comes from the TRCA's provincial and municipal partners, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, the City of Toronto, admissions and sales, and through donations to The Living City Foundation. For more information, visit www.blackcreek.ca.


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