Living History Sites in Ontario

LIVING HISTORY SITES

Explore the past at a pioneer village or step across the threshold of one of the many military forts across Ontario and see history come alive.

Forts
Belive the struggles of the War of 1812, when Canada's existence as a nation hung in the balance, at Toronto's Fort YorkFort George and Old Fort Erie in the Niagara region, Kingston's Fort Henry, Amherstburg's Fort Malden and Fort St. Joseph on scenic St. Joseph island.

Historical Sites
Experience the joys and the hardships of the early settlers at Lang Pioneer Village Museum in Peterborough or at Fanshawe Pioneer Village in London.  Take a horse and buggy ride through Black Creek Pioneer Village and learn how settlers preserved their fall harvest bounty at Backus Heritage Village in Port Rowan. Observe 19th century baking in the kitchen of Canada's oldest stone house west of Toronto at Ermatinger Stone house in Sault Ste. Marie.

Castles
Explore the great stone halls and passages of Toronto’s Casa Loma, built in 1911, or at Dundurn Castle, completed in 1835 in Hamilton. Discover the legend of Jimmy McOuat at White Otter Castle an incredible three-story wooden structure he completed on the shores of White Otter Lake in 1914.

Two men re-enacting pioneer horse and carriage.

UPPER CANADA VILLAGE

Watch early life in Canada come alive in authentic detail in Morrisburg. Visit tradesmen, taverns and farms. Watch wool being spun and woven in a woolen mill. See flour being stone-ground in a gristmill.

Aerial view of Casa Loma.

CASA LOMA

Explore the decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, and stables year round. Enjoy 5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens from May through October.