Upper 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.

Teacher's Planning Resource


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 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. 

Horse carriage ride in the village

Self-Guided Discovery Visit


Take your class to Upper Canada Village, an exceptional real-life 19th century environment which fosters active participation, stimulates curiosity, and critical thinking. The Village provides a unique field study opportunity for students to gather information and formulate questions and compare their lives with life in the 1800s. Your students will interact directly with costumed staff and hear about the role of women, men, and children, and how they dealt with challenges like food, shelter, clothing, work, and transportation. Environmental factors shaping settlement and land use will also be explored. Horse-drawn boat and wagon rides included.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20
Duration Up to a full day (9:30 am to 5:00 pm); 3 hours recommended
Level Any age group welcome.
Cottage in summer

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.

women walking in 1860s village

Spring Train Special


Hop on the Miniature Train for a fun and educational ride through Crysler Park. Listen to the bilingual commentary and learn about the important role of the railroad and the St. Lawrence River.


Offered: May to June
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20, Maximum 60 students per ride
Duration 20 minutes
Level Any age group welcome.

All rides must be booked in advance. 

Spring train at the village

Live-In Adventure

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. Students get to help with chores such as milking cows and feeding the farm animals and attend a lesson in a one-room schoolhouse. This program is available in two formats.

It runs from 10 am to 5:30 pm. Book soon as sessions fill quickly.

Offered: May, June, and September.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20, Maximum 34
Duration 10 am to 5:30 pm
Level Recommended for Grade 3 to 8.
Any age group welcome.
Village guests sitting at the table

Overnight Live-In Adventure

Immerse yourself in the past for a day! 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. The overnight program begins at 1 pm and finishes at 11 am the next day. For schools or groups who are unable to spend the night, Upper Canada Village now offers a day version of the Live-In from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

A comprehensive Teacher’s Guide with menu suggestions, evening activities and pre-trip/post-trip ideas is included.


Offered: May, June, and September.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20. Maximum 34
Duration 10 am to 5:30 pm for daytime adventure

Level Recommended for Grade 3 to 8.
Any age group welcome.
Fresh bread from the village bakery

Medieval Monday

Broaden students’ awareness of the history and culture of early societies through a full day of discovery and action-packed fun at a Medieval encampment 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. 


Not offered for 2022 season.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20
Duration Up to a full day (9:30 am to 3:30 pm); 3 hrs recommended
Level Recommended for Grade 4.
Any age group welcome.
Knights partaking in Medieval Monday

Grade 3 Special Activity Days

Explore life in the 1860s while taking advantage of a series of integrated learning activity centres tailored specifically to the Social Studies, English, Mathematics and Science and Technology strands of the Grade 3 Ontario Curriculum. Play a game to compare our diet with that of early settlers, use simple tools to carry a load, see and experience early transportation, recite short poems and rhymes, attend a one-room schoolhouse to learn about various settler communities, make your own quilt pattern, measure boards at the Sawmill and more. For a complete list of activity centres and curriculum links, consult uppercanadavillage.com or request upon booking.

 

Not offered for 2022 season.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 20
Duration Up to a full day (9:30 am to 3:30 pm)
Level Recommended for Grade 3.
Any age group welcome.
Kids petting horses at the village

Annual War of 1812 - Education Days

In a two-hour session, students will participate in activities exploring the key causes of the War of 1812 and identify individuals who played a significant role in the conflict. Through analysis of Adam Sherriff Scott’s mural of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, which took place on land next to Upper Canada Village in 1813, students will discuss the war in this area and its impact on local populations, including First Nations. Through hands-on activities, students will gain a better understanding of the different groups’ perspectives and experiences of this pivotal Canadian event. The program addresses the expectations in the Grade 7 Ontario History Curriculum.

 

Not offered for 2022 season.
Program Details
Group Size Minimum 15
Duration 2 hours (10 am and 1 pm)
Level Recommended for Grade 7-8.
Any age group welcome.
Kids partaking in education days at the village

Off Season Guided Tour


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 Guest Relations Unit staff.

 

Offered: April and May. 

Program Details
Group Size Minimum 15
Duration Hour and a half with access to 4 to 6 historic buildings
Level Any age group welcome.
Grocery store at the village