Time Travellers Try-a-Camp is an ideal introduction to the overnight camp experience. This 3-day version of the Time Travellers Camp is geared to children ages 8 - 11 whose families are looking for a shorter camp experience. Each session begins Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. and ends Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Children will have the opportunity to experience life in the 1860’s participating in early morning chores which includes milking the cows, dressing in period costume and participating with interpreters and artisans throughout the site. The children might be working with the blacksmith, the tinsmith, the shoemaker or working in the historic kitchen and learning to cook and bake with a stove or open hearth. They can be creative with the spinners, the weavers or the dressmaker. After a day in 1866 the kids will wind down with supervised games and evening activities like dancing and stories. The children will be fully immersed in the daily lives of 1866 and have fun learning trades or artisan crafts. The activities children participate in varies, and all activities in the trades and domestic units are supervised by the historic interpreters.

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Program Information

How Do I Know If This Camp Is For Me?

Living in the 19th century for a week-end can be fun but is very different from the 21st century. This is a technology-free camp; campers should be ready to leave their modern forms of entertainment behind and enjoy the games and activities of long-ago. Time Travellers Try-a-Camp is a small camp and has an onsite first responder during daytime hours (9:30 am to 5:00 pm) but does not have an onsite nurse or doctor. The closest hospital is 30 minutes away. If your child suffers from a serious allergy or medical condition, please contact us at UCVyouthprograms@parks.on.ca for further information and to discuss the suitability of Time Travellers Try-a-Camp.

Eligibility & Notification of Acceptance

This camp is open to children aged 8 to 11 as of June 1st. Participation is limited to a maximum of 20 campers per session. Applications are reviewed to ensure they are complete, and campers are selected and assigned on a first-come-first-served basis. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of April. They will receive a confirmation letter, a "what to bring" list (also available below), and a health history form.


Campers stay in one of our 19th-century residences. These buildings have been outfitted with period furnishings, but also contain modern washroom and shower facilities. They are also serviced with A/C unit and they have a common room for leisure activities in the evenings.


Campers eat in a dedicated dining hall separate from the public area of the site. Our camp kitchen and dining hall are nut-free; however, the children spend significant portions of their day sharing spaces with the general public where contact with food is beyond our control. Please also note that while we make efforts to accommodate dietary requests, we cannot guarantee that all requests can be met. For more information, please contact us at UCVyouthprograms@parks.on.ca


Round-the-clock supervision and direction are provided by camp staff and interpretive staff working in Upper Canada Village. Each house campers sleep in are staffed overnight by one of our camp counsellors to attend to any issue that might arise during the night. Security staff are also present onsite 24/7 to act as first emergency contact, liaising with appropriate resource and providing in person help to campers and onsite staff.

What To Bring

Below is a helpful packing list of what to bring to the camp and tips on what NOT to bring to camp.

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Program Fee & Dates

The cost of the program is $315 (plus tax) per participant 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 camp runs from Friday at 3 p.m. to Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

2024 Dates:

  • Session 1: July 12 to 14
  • Session 2: August 2 to 4
  • Session 3: August 9 to 11

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