Explore Ontario's Pioneering Roots at Black Creek Pioneer Village

- 2014 Season at Black Creek Pioneer Village includes new baby heritage farm animals, events and activities -

TORONTO, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Black Creek Pioneer Village, a re-created 19th century working village at Toronto's northern edge, is now open for the 2014 season with new events and activities to tell the story of Toronto's pioneering roots.

"Visit Black Creek and check out what is new this season," said Chris Bagley, General Manager, Black Creek Pioneer Village. "Bring the kids, choose a pioneer identity, and discover what life was like in the past in our new family program, Village Folk. Learn to quilt as an adult apprentice, visit our new exhibits, and determine whether you are descended from a British Home Child.  We're bringing back favourite seasonal events: Battle of Black Creek, Pioneer Harvest Festival, Howling Hootenanny, and Christmas by Lamplight. Step back in time and discover what life was like when Canada was young."

At the city's largest outdoor history experience, there is much to learn about Ontario's rich rural heritage and simpler way of life. The Village includes 30 acres of rural landscapes, restored homes and workshops, a historic brewery and many historical interpreters in period dress who demonstrate and explain how people lived, worked and played in this time period.

New for 2014:

Just born!  New baby heritage farm animals: Many of the farm animal breeds that were central to life in a rural Ontario village of the mid 1800's are now rare and seldom seen. Over time as more and more farmers sought out specific characteristics in farm animals, many of the breeds that were popular in the past began to disappear.

This spring visitors can see heritage breed baby animals up close, including six new lambs, light Brahma chicks, and Rouen ducklings. Learn more about the farm animals at the Village by attending our  "Meet the Farmer" programs throughout the season.

At Black Creek, we provide homes to several heritage breed animals including

  • Light Brahma chickens
  • Black Cochin chickens
  • Barred Plymouth Rock chickens
  • Hereford cow and calf
  • Tamworth pigs
  • Clydesdale horses
  • Border Leicester sheep

WWI 100th Anniversary Ceremony: July 28 - 11 a.m

British Home Child Day: September 28th

New exhibits at McNair Gallery: "Shaping Style" open through December 2014 and "Breaking the Silence: Stories of the British Home Children," June through December 2014.

New Adult Apprenticeship Program: Quilter for the Day. Spend the day in costume with our Quilter. Learn the methods used by 19th century Quilters and all about the tools of the trade.

New ongoing activities at the Village: "Village Folk." Who would you be if you lived at Black Creek? Pick a card, complete the activities and discover what life was life in a pioneer town.

New seasonal ales available at Black Creek Historic Brewery: Our Brew Master has lined up a unique list of seasonal ales available only at the historic brewery in limited quantities. Visit www.blackcreekbrewery.ca for more information.

For a complete list of events and activities please visit http://www.blackcreek.ca

About Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek Pioneer Village is Toronto's premier outdoor living history museum. Visitors can explore 40 heritage homes, shops and buildings restored to re-create an 1860s 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 breeds 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). Visit http://www.blackcreek.ca

SOURCE: Black Creek Pioneer Village

For further information:

Media contact:
Rowena Calpito
Public Relations, Black Creek Pioneer Village
416-661-6600 ext 5632 rcalpito@trca.on.ca


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