Time Travellers are children between the ages of 9 and 13 who spend five nights and six days during the summer months at Upper Canada Village. Each week we welcome up to 30 children to join us in experiencing life in 1866. 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 1860s children. Time Travellers participate in a variety of activity sessions on-site and work with artisans to learn 19th-century skills and trades. The evenings are filled with recreational activities and new friends. Each session begins on Sunday afternoon and ends the next Friday afternoon.
Living in the 19th century for a week 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 is a small camp and has an onsite first responder during daytime hours but does not have an onsite nurse or doctor. The closest hospital is 30 minutes away. If your child suffers from a serious allergy, please contact us at UCVyouthprograms@parks.on.ca for further information and to discuss the suitability of Time Travellers.
Campers 9-13 years of age as of June 1st are eligible to apply to be Time Travellers. 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. 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.
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.
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 Time Travellers staff and Interpretive staff working in Upper Canada Village.
Below is a helpful packing list of what to bring to the camp and tips on what NOT to bring to camp.
The program fee is $665 (plus tax) per week 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 Sunday to Friday.
Session 1: July 3 - 8
Session 2: July 10 - 15
Session 3: July 17 - 22
Session 4: July 24 - 29
Session 5: July 31 - August 5
Session 6: August 7 - 12
Session 7: August 14 - 19
Session 8: August 21 - 26
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 contact us here.