Black Creek Pioneer Village

History like many other subjects, fascinates, piques curiosity and thereby encourages learning. In my opinion, also the easiest means to achieve time travel. It’s almost silly to consider it redundant in the present times considering it renders a clear perspective into the challenging times of the days gone by, invoking a deep sense of gratitude & humility. I personally,  jump at any chance that demands turning back the tapes of time and reliving the glories of a labyrinthine past.”Living vicariously”, they say. I was constantly enwrapped in an unfathomable awe whether it was when I stepped into the colossal halls of the Mysore Palace (in South India) or as we strolled across rows and rows of crystal ware from Belgium in the Udaipur Palace in Rajasthan, leaching out questions like how they lived or how they cooked or how they dressed. Even the simplest of things like spotting an old brass utensil or an intricately painted Minakari ceiling can be riveting. Well preserved chunks of the past coupled with a figment of one’s imagination is capable of doing wonders.(Now that I think about it, that’s probably the only reason I watch Downton Abbey. The beaded “tea” length dresses, cloche hats & headbands were enough reason for me to tune in every week. )
Obviously, when we had the chance to see how the people of Ontario lived in the 1860’s, we didn’t think twice….Welcome to the Black Creek Pioneer Village, a historic place in Toronto, that recreates life from early to mid 19th century rural, Victorian Ontario. Houses have been restored, workshops opened and men & women dart busily in period costumes, all in order to give the visitors a peek into a simpler time.
When the sky has just the right amount of gloom, the grass looks fresher, the trees seem greener. This was one such day and the farms dotted with grazing sheep looked like a page that flew out of Charlotte’s Web.Next to the farm, a red bricked house was occuppied by a young lady dressed in a voluminous skirted pastel dress, a bonnet & an apron who laboriously baked heart shaped cookies in a brick oven. In the opposite house, a woman silently sat by the fireplace and knitted yarn making shawls & sweaters. At a workshop a man, hewed the prettiest candle holders & lanterns whilst punching little holes in tin & telling us how. What caught my attention the most though, was at the dentist’s workshop. The “dentist”, a middle aged woman, as she grinned end to end, lovingly teased little boys and girls with giant pliers in hand, gently scaring them into losing their teeth.
Medicinal gardens, a flour mill & an ancient church, they’re all there. Brass ladles, oil lamps, Victorian rose china & embroidered tablecloths, canopy beds, motif’ed wallpapers & more. Blanketed by a strange warmth, a glance at a relinquished past….Do take a look-see at the pictures!

4 thoughts on “Black Creek Pioneer Village

  1. Div, a very well-written article. Truly captures how it feels when you visit a place that dates back to a completely different period. I always start imagining how people walked, talked, lived or dressed in that period and put myself in that era. I become a little ladylike post such visits 🙂

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    1. Thanks a ton Anupriya 🙂 Isn’t it such a treat to visit the past and make an attempt to understand their ways?…so glad you share my interests:)
      Haha I completely understand! The prim and proper right?..Me too:)


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