Throughout the season, Upper Canada Village offers programs that provide youth the opportunity to discover the past through meaningful participation.
Time Travellers are children between the ages of 9 and 14 who spend five nights and six days during the summer months at Upper Canada Village. While at the Village, Time Travellers eat and sleep in one of three 19th century residences. During the day, they dress in period costume assuming the role of an 1860s child. Time Travellers participate in a variety of activity sessions on site and work with artisans such as the blacksmith, tinsmith, printer, dressmaker and weaver. The evenings are filled with recreational activities and new friends. Each session begins on Sunday afternoon and ends the next Friday afternoon.
Top Ten Reasons for Becoming a Time Traveller
1. Wearing an authentic 1860s costume
2. Playing with piglets and milking the cows
3. Laughing in the night with new friends
4. Going to a one room school and not worrying about passing
5. Working with artisans such as the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the printer, the dressmaker, the weaver
6. Playing the part of a family of early settlers on their new land
7. Joining the Band of Promise
8. Learning 1860s songs
9. Trying baseball the very old-fashioned way
10. Riding in a real stagecoach
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Eligibility and Notification of Acceptance
The program is open to boys and girls aged 9 to 14 as of June 1, 2016. Participation is limited to a maximum of 30 Time Travellers per session. Applications are reviewed to ensure they are complete, and that applicants meet the eligibility criteria. All criteria being met, campers are selected and assigned on a first-come first-served basis. This review takes place in late April, and successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of May each year. They will receive a confirmation letter, a "what to bring" list, and a health history form.
Participants stay in one of our 19th century residences. These buildings have been outfitted with period furnishings, but also contain modern washroom and shower facilities.
Round-the-clock supervision and direction is provided by Time Travellers staff and Interpretive staff working in Upper Canada Village.
What to Bring - click here for a helpful list on what to bring to the camp. Clothing, toiletries, bedding and other items. Also some tips on what NOT to bring to camp.
2016 Fee and camp dates
The program fee is $590 (plus tax) per week and is due upon notification that your child has been accepted. Of this amount, $100 is non-refundable. The entire fee is non-refundable on the first day of camp.
The Time Travellers camp runs Sunday to Friday:
- July 3 to 8
- July 10 to 15
- July 17 to 22
- July 24 to 29
- July 31 to August 5
- August 7 to 12
- August 14 to 19
- August 21 to 26 and
- August 28 to Sept. 2
How to Apply
To apply, please fill out, sign and send back by mail or fax the Time Travellers Application Form along with accompanying reference letter and written paragraphs.
The Time Traveller Campership Fund provides financial assistance to camp registrants who might not otherwise be able to participate in our camp. Funds are limited and are approved according to documented need on a first come, first served basis. For a campership form or more information on how you can help send a child to camp, please call 1-800-437-2233.
Information is also available online in PDF format:
Contributions and donations to the Time Traveller Campership Fund are greatly appreciated.