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Bridging the Gap: Connecting Canadians with their Cultural Heritage at Black Creek Pioneer Village Canada Day


On July 1, Black Creek Pioneer Village will be the destination of choice in north Toronto as people join together to celebrate our nation's birthday in a fully recreated historic community. This year Black Creek Pioneer Village will welcome 30 new Canadian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony.

Black Creek Pioneer Village brings a unique Canada Day experience where visitors can step back into the world where Canada Day was first celebrated as Dominion Day in 1867. Visitors will experience firsthand how modern Canada Day traditions, such as gathering together with friends and family, celebrating outdoors with games, picnics and fireworks trace their origins to the first Dominion Day festivities that celebrated a united nation.

"Bridging Canada's past and future together by commemorating our traditional heritage and by welcoming new Canadians captures the essence of what Canada Day is all about," said Marty Brent, General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "Canada Day is a special time for people of all backgrounds to unite, acknowledge and appreciate our country. The first pioneers here were also new immigrants - and by celebrating Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village we are honouring the work they did to make this a great country."

A typical village in the 19th century was often decorated with bunting, woolen cloth decorated with national colours, flags and streamers to celebrate the day. People closed their shops and businesses for the day and would gather together in the village. The village green would have been filled with refreshment stands, music, and other festivities. The celebration would have included a colourful militia muster and a musket salute to the Queen. On our 14th birthday, in 1880, the singing of ‘O Canada' became a tradition. Dominion Day focused on family fun. People enjoyed picnics, as well as games, such as three-legged races, cricket, football, baseball and lacrosse. The celebration often continued well into the night, with dancing and, in the bigger towns, fireworks.

Some of these same activities can be experienced this Canada Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village when the Village will be dressed up in its finest. Visitors of all ages can try their hand at pioneer games, tour the Village by horse-drawn wagon, meet the farm animals, and chat with costumed historical interpreters who will help bring the spirit of 19th century Dominion Day to life. The Black Creek Historic Brewery will also be open for tours and adults can even sample ales and porters right from the oak barrels. For a complete list of Canada Day activities please go to:


WHEN: July 1, 2010 @ 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

2:30 p.m. - Citizenship Ceremony


WHERE: Black Creek Pioneer Village

  • 1000 Murray Ross Parkway Toronto, ON.
  • One block east of Jane St., south off Steeles Avenue, right next to York University.

WHAT: Celebrate Canada's past and future: games, wagon rides, experience our past and experience a citizenship ceremony on Canada's birthday:


Horse Drawn Wagon Rides

  • Enjoy a tour of the Village by a horse-drawn wagon and learn about the horses.

Pioneer Games

  • Challenge yourself to walk on stilts, play croquet, or try your hand at the graces.

Citizenship Ceremony

  • Share the moment as 30 New Canadians become citizens.

Meet the Animals

  • Pigs, cows, horses, sheep, and more are waiting for you to come and visit.

Admission to Black Creek Pioneer Village

  • Adults (ages 16 - 59) $15
  • Children (ages 5-15) $11
  • Seniors (ages 60+) $14
  • Students (16+ with ID) $14
  • Children 4 years and under (when accompanied with a parent) are FREE
  • Members Free
  • Parking $6 per car/day

Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum with a collection of 40 heritage homes, shops and buildings restored to re-create an1860s Ontario village. Historic interpreters in period dress demonstrate how villagers lived, worked and played. The Village hosts learning programs and special events that highlight local heritage and culture. The tranquil setting, rural landscapes, heritage gardens and period farm animal make Black Creek Pioneer Village the perfect place to break out of the modern world and journey into the past. Located in north Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA).