School Programs

Canada's Past is brought to life as students immerse themselves in hands-on historical experiences! Spend up to one full day at Upper Canada Village in one of our special school and group programs. 

Choose a program option to learn more:


New in 2017!

Developed in partnership with teachers in Eastern Ontario, Upper Canada Village offers a curriculum-based resource for teachers of grades 1 through 8.  The guide organizes each building in the village by grade and subject stream, allowing a trip targeted to the learning objectives of your class.  Routes around the village can be planned by subject stream, by grade, or both.  Once you have selected a building or group of buildings for your class to visit during the trip there are pre-visit (Minds-On), visit (Action), and post-visit (Consolidation) activities and questions specific to that building to facilitate in-depth learning.  The Action questions and activities are available in printable format, for teachers and chaperones to use during the trip in order to guide the students’ interactions with staff.  This guide is designed to enhance and target the learning opportunities of your Discovery Visit, so the number and order of buildings visited and activities completed is at your discretion, as is the length of time spent at each location.

This guide is included in the cost of your admission to Upper Canada Village, and can be accessed here in English and French.

Let’s celebrate Canada 150!

Upper Canada Village represents a rural village on the “Eve of Confederation.”

As part of your Discovery Tour, take part in two new activities designed especially for this year.
Daily during 2017 season: Take a challenge with our “Confederation-One Piece at a Time” puzzle. The puzzle may be previewed and will be available at Admissions. Download English - French.
Weekdays in June 2017: Enjoy an interactive presentation in which villagers re-enact themes related to Confederation.  Presentation times will be posted at Admissions. 

Fenian Follies
Time: 11:00am
Location: Physician’s Barn
A clandestine meeting of Fenians to discuss the their cause and how it impacts us in Upper Canada.  Attendees will take the oath of the Fenian brotherhood and learn about how the Fenians wanted to use the political situation in the Canadian colonies to their advantage.
The Great Debate
Time: 1:00pm
Location: In front of Crysler Hall (inside Christ Church in inclement weather)
A conference (circa summer 1866) to debate the merits of the railway through the colonies and its relationship to the idea of Confederation.   Participants will be divided into delegations from each of the British North American colonies, and called upon to cast their vote in deciding whether or not their colony will participate in Confederation.
Please contact Sarah Edwards at or 613-543-3704 ext. 2234 with any questions.

Grade 3 Special Activity Days

Dates include: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May 16-17 and 30-31, June 6-7, 2017
Price: $8.99 per student (includes tax)

Explore life in the 1860s while taking advantage of a series of activity centres tailored specifically to the Social Studies, English, Mathematics and Science & Technology strands of the Grade 3 Ontario Curriculum. Compare early settlers’ diets with today’s, use simple tools like wheelbarrows to carry a load, find out about early transportation methods, sing pioneer songs, learn about the Loyalists, make your own quilt pattern, estimate the number of boards in a pile of lumber and more.

Grade 3 Special Activity Days Information Package

A Grade 3 Special Activity Days Information Package complete with a list of activity centres and curriculum links can be downloaded here or can be requested upon booking.

Group Size: Minimum 15
Duration: Up to a full day (9:30 am to 5:00 p.m.) 3 hours recommended
Level: Grade 3

If you wish to book your visit now, simply print, fill out and send back the School/Youth Group Application, or call 1-800-437-2233; locally 613-543-4328.


Self-Guided Discovery Visit

Daily May 4 to September 4; Wednesday - Sunday, September 6 to 17, 2017 - $8.99 per student (includes tax)

Fashion a trip back in time specific to your own needs! The Village provides a real-life, interactive environment to learn about life in the 19th century and how the past continues to shape our lives today. Meet the blacksmith, farmer, dressmaker, mill worker, weaver, tavern keeper, school teacher and many other costumed staff who will engage students in discussions about their role and work in 19th century society. Horse-drawn boat and wagon rides included. Combine with Miniature Train ride for only $11.54 per student.

Teacher's Resource Kit

A Teacher's Resource Kit comes complete with site information and a selection of activities designed for different grade levels, and will be mailed to you upon request when you book your Exploration Tour.

The Teacher's Resource Kit is also available online in PDF format.

Teacher's Resource Kit - Introduction (For all ages and grade levels)
Teacher's Resource Kit - Primary
Teacher's Resource Kit - Junior
Teacher's Resource Kit - Intermediate & Senior

If you cannot view it right away, you will need to download and install the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. You can get a free copy at

Group Size: Minimum 15
Duration: Up to a full day (9:30 am to 5:00 p.m.) 3 hours recommended
Level: Any age group

Tax included in all rates. Minimum 15 per group. 1:5 – one accompanying adult is admitted free of charge for every five students (except Village Live-In – minimum 20 / maximum 30 with 4 complimentary supervisors). Supervisors and bus driver complimentary.

If you wish to book your visit now, simply print, fill out and send back the School/Youth Group Application, or call 1-800-437-2233; locally 613-543-4328.


Fourth Annual War of 1812 - Education Day

Friday, May 19, 2017 - $10.12 per student (includes tax)

Custom-made to address expectations in the Grade 7 Ontario History Curriculum, the War of 1812 Education Day allows students to investigate the causes, personalities and impact of the War of 1812, use a variety of primary and secondary sources, and explore key characteristics of life in the early settlement of English Canada. Students will rotate through a series of hands-on mini sessions, including deciphering period documents, cooking over an open fire, experiencing the impact of the War on civilians, executing 1812 military drills and exploring the impact and contributions of First Nations peoples.

A schedule of the day’s program can be view here.

Group Size: Minimum 15
Duration: Up to a full day (9:30 am to 5:00 p.m.) 3 hours recommended
Level: 7-8

If you wish to book your visit now, simply print, fill out and send back the School/Youth Group Application, or call 1-800-437-2233; locally 613-543-4328.


Village Overnight Live-In Adventure

Dates include: May 8, 2017 - June 21, 2017

*Primarily offered Monday to Thursday; weekend program is possible if space allows

Come and walk in the shoes of the past! The Live-In adventure is a unique opportunity to immerse students in the everyday life of a 19th century child. Under the guidance of costumed Village staff, students are provided with reproduction period clothes and then introduced to hands-on activities such as baking over an open hearth, tinsmithing, sewing and blacksmithing. They also milk cows, help with farm chores, and attend a one-room school house. The overnight program begins at 1 p.m. and finishes at 11 a.m. the next day. Book soon as sessions fill quickly.

Teacher's Live-In Resource Guide

Group Size:  Minimum 20, Maximum 34
Duration: 1 pm and finishes at 11 am the next day
Level: Grade 3 to 8

Day-Time Adventure

Dates include: May 23-26, 2017

For schools or groups who are unable to spend the night, Upper Canada Village now offers a day version of the Live-In. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Book soon as sessions fill quickly.

Group Size:  Minimum 20, Maximum 34
Duration: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Level: Grade 3 to 8

Train Special

Dates include: May 4, 2017-September 4, 2017 and weekends only from September 9-17, 2017

Save 50% on your Miniature Train ride by combining it with your Upper Canada Village visit when you book.

Hop on the Miniature Train for a fun and educational ride through Crysler Park. Listen to the bilingual commentary about the role of the railroad in Upper Canada, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, see a short video inside the train tunnel and hear the booming sound of the cannon getting ready for battle. Students will also learn about the transformation of the St. Lawrence River and the building of the Seaway.

Group Size:  Minimum 15, Maximum 60 students per ride
Duration: 20 min train ride and up to a full day at Upper Canada Village
Level: Any age group

All rides must be booked in advance by calling 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 locally. 


Medieval Monday - A Day in the Life of an Early Society

Offered: June 12, 2017

Designed to support the Ontario Curriculum for Grade 4 Social Studies. Broaden your students’ awareness of the history and culture of early societies through a full day of discovery and action-packed fun at the Medieval encampment on the grounds adjacent to Upper Canada Village. Students will learn about medieval life across the globe through the eyes of its warriors, royalty, medieval families, artisans, merchants and buskers; they can cheer for their favourite competitor's homeland at the Knights of Valour Jousting Show. Hands-on games and activities, theatrical performances, comedy acts, music, dance and magic add to the festive atmosphere. Homeschoolers welcome!

Group Size:  Minimum 15
Duration: Up to a full day (Medieval Hours 9:30 am to 3:30 p.m., Village is open until 5:00 p.m.) 3 hours recommended
Level: Grade 4

If you wish to book your spot now, visit our Medieval Festival Education Day page or call 1-800-437-2233; locally 613-543-4328


Sheep Shearing

Dates include: Tuesday and Wednesday, May 30-31, 2017 and June 6-7, 2017
10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Included in Village admission

Celebrate spring on the farm by trying your hand at sheep shearing and meeting the new lambs. Check the washing of fleece, and carding, spinning and weaving of wool at the McDiarmid House and at Asselstine’s water-powered Woollen Mill.

Group Size:  Minimum 15
Duration: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 pm
Level: Grade 4

Off Season Guided Tour

Booked daily: April 17-May 3, 2017; Mondays and Tuesdays September 5, 11, 12, 2017 and daily September 18-October 9, 2017

Upper Canada Village's more than 40 heritage buildings and winding roads through a pastoral landscape provide a perfect setting for a visual tour through time. Your group of 15 or more can enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Village during the off-season, as a Village guide leads an informative and scenic walking tour along the Village streets. Arrange your tour by calling our Customer Service Unit staff.

Group Size:  Minimum 15
Duration: Hour and a half with access to 4 to 6 historic buildings
Level: Any age group
Upper Canada Village

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328

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