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 two 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 sharing time with new friends. Each session begins on Sunday afternoon and ends the next Friday afternoon.

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 or they might be in the mills or making brooms and baskets. They can be creative with the spinners and weavers as well as learn to cook. 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. Activities children participate in varies and all activities are supervised by the historic interpreters.

Registration is Now Closed for 2024.

Program Information

How Do I Know If This Camp Is For Me?

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 (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 camp.

Eligibility & Notification of Acceptance

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 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 Time Travellers 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.

View the Camp Packing List
Fees & Camp Dates

The program fee is $695 (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.

2024 Dates:

  • Session 1: June 30 2 to July 5
  • Session 2: July 7 to 12
  • Session 3: July 14 to 19
  • Session 4: July 21 to 26
  • Session 5: July 28 to August 2
  • Session 6: August 4 to 9
  • Session 7: August 11 to 16
  • Session 8: August 18 to 23

How To Apply

Registration is Now Closed for 2024.


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.

Information is also available online in PDF format:
Time Travellers Campership Information Sheet

Online application form available below:
Request for Campership Funds Application

Contributions and donations to the Time Traveller Campership Fund are greatly appreciated.

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