Discover “Where Dark Things Dwell” at Black Creek

Here at the Village, we’re eagerly looking forward to the July 28 launch of Black Creek Nightlife, a brand new selection of evening adventures that includes axe throwing, haunted walks and … an escape game!

Are you an escape game aficionado? Or a newcomer to the whole world of immersive storytelling? Either way, Where Dark Things Dwell, a game created by our partners at Secret City Adventures, will  satisfy your appetite for an experience unlike any other.

Curious? Here, from the Secret City team, is a taste of what’s to come …

Following the success of Secret City Adventures’ escape rooms in Casa Loma, the Toronto-based company has teamed up with the historic Black Creek Pioneer Village to create a brand new escape game, launching this summer!

“We are thrilled to be expanding our offerings for evening experiences. Secret City Adventures has been a great partnership as they are so enthusiastic and create such unique games. We are so excited to have the Village worked right into the story — it makes it a truly one-of-a-kind adventure and really fantastic way to experience the Village at dusk!”
– Geri Smith, Guest Services Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village

READ: Night Time is the Right Time for Adventure!

Working in a team of six, amongst a larger group of up to 60, intrepid visitors will go back to the time of Canada’s Confederation and enter a world of the occult, curses and witchcraft:

Stopping in the sleepy village of Black Creek for a night’s rest, you and your fellow travelers find yourselves trapped as strange cultists work to awaken an ancient evil force. Now it’s up to you to stop the cultists’ curse. You must save the remaining villagers and discover the great incantation to stop the evil from rising and escape the village before the final bell tolls.

visitors take part in an escape game at Black Creek Pioneer Village

This isn’t just a classic “escape room” — players will visit multiple historic buildings, including the post office, mill and schoolhouse, guided only by the light from their lanterns. Interacting with live actors, they will need to race against the clock as they try to complete a series of complex puzzles. The number of variations means that the game is replayable, and repeat visitors can expect a different adventure every time.

Where Dark Things Dwell is a completely original game, written and made right here in Canada. Over a year in the making, the puzzles have been hand-crafted, with the storylines and game mechanics written by a team of award-winning creators with backgrounds in science fiction and comic book writing, as well as stage, film and alternate reality gaming.

“We’re really excited about the launch of Where Dark Things Dwell! Black Creek is such an atmospheric setting, and being able to use multiple rooms throughout the Village has given us the opportunity to push the boundaries of traditional escape rooms. We’ve also taken inspiration from the 1860s history of the area for our storyline, which has been a great way for us to get involved in Canada 150!”
– Leonardo Dell’Anno, Producer, Secret City Adventures

visitors take part in an escape game at Black Creek Pioneer Village

The game is running preview tests at a discounted rate until July 27, and launches fully on July 28th. Tickets are on sale now, exclusively available at