Young Interpreters Program

Be a modern day apprentice in an 1860s village.

Young Interpreters are children who come to Upper Canada Village for two consecutive long weekends in the July and August sessions and three weekends for the September session (6 days total). They help portray life in the 1860s, and learn about the skills and techniques involved in being an historical interpreter.

Click here to read what past Young Interpreters have to say about the program.

The Young Interpreters Program provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of typical 19th century children. Each child is lent a period costume and instructed in the proper manner of behaviour for a child in the 1860s.

Young Interpreters are then assigned to a selection of locations where, under supervision, they observe and participate in the historical interpretation by performing tasks and learning the skills appropriate to the time period. These locations include Loucks, Ross and Tenant Farms, Cabinetmaker's, Tinsmith's and Blacksmith's shops; Bakery, Dressmaker's, historical kitchens or the Weaver's home.

Eligibility and Notification of Acceptance

Applicants must be between the ages of 10 and 15 as of June 1, 2016. In order to offer this experience to a maximum number of participants.

Applicants are expected to possess sufficient English language skills to permit a basic level of understanding and expression. Also, since Young Interpreters are constantly in front of visitors, it is important that applicants are at ease talking to people and are not bothered by public scrutiny.

Participation is limited to a maximum of 12 children per session. All criteria being met, applicants are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of May 2016. Remaining spaces will be filled up to the first day of each session.


Please note that at present, Upper Canada Village does not provide accommodations for Young Interpreters. It is the parents' responsibility to arrange for transportation and/or accommodation for their children.

2016 Program Fee and Dates

The program cost is $225.00 (plus tax). This fee is due when you are accepted and is non-refundable.
July 2, 3 , 4, and 9, 10, 11;
August 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15;
September 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17, 18.

How to Apply

To apply, please print, fill out and send back the Young Interpreters Application Form.

Upper Canada Village

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