Outdoor Camps at Black Creek Pioneer Village

Young imaginations come to life in the historic surroundings of Black Creek Pioneer Village, an authentic recreation of a 19th century rural Ontario community.

In groups of 10, campers will enjoy a safe and fun-filled experience in their very own private area of the Village!

Participants receive an information package upon registration to help them prepare for their adventure — including instructions for how to put together their own 1800s outfit, and how to pack lunches and snacks that would have been eaten long ago.

Members receive a 10% discount for camp registration. Please enter the valid membership number to receive a discount, and contact TRCA visitor services for more information.

Black Creek Pioneer Village’s 2021 summer camp registration is NOW OPEN!

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summer campers play 19th century sports and games at Black Creek Pioneer Village
summer camper makes clay art at Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village team member introduces summer campers to heritage breed sheep

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CAMP INFORMATION

Camp Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Drop-off: 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
Pick-up: 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Extended Care: Extended care is available from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Camp Fees: Register before April 19, 2021: $265/week
Register after April 19, 2021: $285/week
(Four-day camps: $228/week)
Member fee: $257/week
(Four-day camps: $205/week)
Please contact TRCA visitor services to get the membership discount.
Extended Care Fees: $75/week
(Four-day camps: $60/week)
Ages: 5-12
Cancellation Policy: READ MORE HERE.

MAP + DIRECTIONS TO THE VILLAGE

summer camper learns 19th century weaving technique at Black Creek Pioneer Village

CAMP SCHEDULE

July 5-9: TIME TRAVELER’S BOOT CAMP
Do you have what it takes to live in 19th century Ontario? Learn the skills you need to thrive and survive in the past! Discover how to dress, how to act, how to stay healthy, and how to work, and play in the 1800s!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 12-16: PLANTS & ANIMALS
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 19-23: VILLAGE FOLK
Who might you encounter in an 1800s village? What were their lives like? What jobs did they have? Explore village buildings and create a different heritage-inspired craft each day.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
July 26-30: CRAFTY CAMPERS
Put down the tablet and get ready to use your hands! Practice craft skills popular long ago including tie dying, weaving, and needlework.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 3-6: PLANTS AND ANIMALS*
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
*Four-day week.
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August 9-13: TIME TRAVELER’S BOOT CAMP
Do you have what it takes to live in 19th century Ontario? Learn the skills you need to thrive and survive in the past! Discover how to dress, how to act, how to stay healthy, and how to work, and play in the 1800s!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 16-20: PLANTS & ANIMALS
Get up close with all Black Creek Pioneer Village’s gardens and farm animals. Have fun digging in the soil and keeping our farmyard friends company!
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
August 23-27: VILLAGE FOLK
Who might you encounter in an 1800s village? What were their lives like? What jobs did they have? Explore village buildings and create a different heritage-inspired craft each day.
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August 30 – September 3: CRAFTY CAMPERS
Put down the tablet and get ready to use your hands! Practice craft skills popular long ago including tie dying, weaving, and needlework.
REGISTRATION FULL*
* This camp is sold out. Please contact vservices @trca.ca if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.

Black Creek Pioneer Village street scene

TRCA Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests received by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) more than 14 days before the start of the camp program will receive a 75% refund of the relevant program fees paid. Cancellation requests received by TRCA less than 14 days before the start of the camp program do not qualify for a refund. Please contact us in cases of sickness prior to the program so we can be in touch about rescheduling or refunding. Rescheduling is subject to availability. There is no refund for camp days missed or children opting not to participate in activities. Cancellation requests must be received in writing by email to vservices@trca.ca. Minimum registration numbers required for camp to operate. In the event TRCA must cancel the camp due to low registration or government order, a full refund will be issued.

 

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COVID-19 FAQs for Parents

VIEW TRCA’s COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR DAY CAMPS

Will social distancing be practiced indoors?
Yes, whenever possible. Most of the day will be spent outside. When program participants move inside, they will follow clearly signed pathways through buildings to ensure they remain 2m from other people in the building. Only the entrance door will be unlocked, to further prevent entry in non-designated entry points. Designated indoor learning and programming areas will remain closed to the public.

Will face coverings be required indoors? Outdoors?
Staff and participants in grade 1 and up will be required to wear face coverings while indoors, and outdoors when social distancing cannot be practiced. Children in grade SK and under will be encouraged to wear masks.

If the group moves indoors, will changes be made to keep staff and participants safe?
The indoor location will only be opened to a few select guided programs led by staff familiar with our COVID-19 protocols during business hours. Increased sanitization schedules that focus on high-touch surfaces and include a weekly deep cleaning are part of our COVID-19 mitigation operational plan.

Most designated learning areas are only accessible to a specific cohort. In some instances, two cohorts may occupy their own designated area within a larger space. Every learning areas is cleaned and sanitized between cohorts. Areas that have tight quarters (stairwells and hallways for example) will have one-directional travel with signage.

How frequently will high-touch surfaces be sanitized?
A minimum of two times daily, with a deep clean occurring once a week.

How frequently will children be made to wash their hands?
There will be an increased emphasis on hand washing. There will be several sanitizing stations located in and around the program areas ready for use when soap and water is unavailable or impractical. Program leaders will ensure all participants are shown the proper hand washing and hand sanitizing procedures.

Will there be any screening protocols in place?
At the beginning of each day, parents/guardians will be asked to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire on behalf of their child.

What will the illness policy be?
Program participants must stay home if the participants or any of their family members in the same household have one or more of the following symptoms or situations:

  • Currently experiencing any of these symptoms:
    • Fever and/or chills
    • Cough or barking cough (croup)
    • Shortness of breath
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty swallowing
    • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
    • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
    • Pink eye
    • Headache
    • Digestive issues like nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
    • Muscle aches
    • Extreme tiredness
    • Falling down often
  • Live with a person currently experiencing any new COVID-19 symptoms and/or waiting for test results after experiencing symptoms.
  • In the last 14 days, you or anyone you live with travelled outside of Canada. If exempt from quarantine requirements (for example, an essential worker who crosses the Canada-U.S. border regularly for work), select “No”.
  • In the last 14 days, you have been identified as a “close contact” of someone who currently has COVID-19.
  • A doctor, health care provider, or public health unit has told you that you should currently be isolating (staying at home).
  • In the last 14 days, you have received a COVID Alert exposure notification on your cell phone. If you already went for a test and got a negative result, select “No”.
  • Have a member in their family who has any of the above symptoms

Any participant experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, even if mild, must stay home. The use of a mask is not an acceptable measure to attend programs for those who are symptomatic.

In cases where a participant develops symptoms of COVID-19 while attending a program, we will contact the participant’s parent or guardian to pick up their child immediately and contact the local public health unit for further direction.

What if a family member that lives with the child has symptoms?
All household contacts of symptomatic individuals are required to quarantine. Therefore, any program participant or any staff with a member of their household who has new or worsening symptoms of COVID-19 must stay at home.

After a period of illness, how long before I can send my child back to the program?
We will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

If someone else in my household has symptoms, do I need to keep my child home from the program?
Yes. Please refer to above illness policy. This policy is subject to change, and we will follow the most current guidelines of the local public health unit.

In the event of a positive test within the school, camp or program participant population will everyone be required to be tested? Will there be a shutdown period?
We will inform the local public health unit and follow their recommendations.