Spend up to one full day at Upper Canada Village in one of our special school and group programs. Explore the 19th century way of life in one of Canada's largest living history museums, with hands-on historical experiences that will transport your students back in time. Upper Canada Village offers several educational programs designed to meet the goals and expectations identified in the Ontario Curriculum.
Immerse yourself in the past for a day or an overnight adventure! The Live-In Adventure is a unique opportunity to experience everyday life in the 19th century. Under the guidance of Village staff, students are outfitted with authentic period clothes and introduced to integrated learning activities such as baking over an open hearth, tinsmithing, sewing and blacksmithing. Milk cows, help with farm chores, and attend a one-room schoolhouse.
A comprehensive Teacher’s Guide with menu suggestions, evening activities and pre-trip/post-trip ideas is included.
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 of the Village during the off-season, as a Village guide leads an informative and scenic walking tour along the Village streets.
Drop in at the Main Barn on Loucks Farm to see and learn about sheep shearing as the farm staff shear the Village flock by hand. Visit the McDiarmid Home and Asselstine’s water-powered Woollen Factory to learn more about washing of fleece, carding, spinning and weaving by hand and using the latest 1860s machinery. Included in Village Admission.
*Train not in operation until further notice.
All rides must be booked in advance.
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 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 below.
The Teacher's Resource Kit is also available online in PDF format.