Historical Attractions in Ontario with kids

You’ve heard the saying “History can be fun”…well, we think history IS fun (especially in Ontario!)

Ontario is filled with history, and what better way to learn about it with children than to experience the many places to visit in Ontario  that can actually take you back in time!

Historical attractions come in all shapes and sizes. There are landmarks where iconic events happened. There are homes of historic figures filled with treasures and artifacts from their amazing lives. There are historic buildings whose walls are filled with stories from Ontario’s past. 

The best way for kids to learn about history, is to actually visit the places where history happened. It makes sense! Kids can use their imagination as they read and hear all about events, people and places, and feel like they have gone back in time.

There are plenty of things to do with kids in Ontario when it comes to history, so what are we waiting for - let’s GO! 

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  • Casa Loma

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    Toronto

    Canada's majestic castle was built between 1911 to 1914. It is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, towers, a 243-metre (800') tunnel leading to luxurious stable of mahogany and Spanish ...

  • CN Tower

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    Toronto

    Defining Toronto's skyline at 553.33m (1,815 ft., 5 in.), Canada's National Tower is an architectural triumph, engineering Wonder and world-renowned dining and entertainment destination.

  • Aboriginal Experiences Turtle Island

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    Ottawa

    Share a journey through Canadian history and arts with unique and interactive programs celebrating Native culture and contributions. Native music, dance, craft making and legends include an ...

  • Black Creek Pioneer Village

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    Toronto

    Step into Canada's past and explore an authentically re-created 1860's Ontario country village. Enjoy more than 40 restored homes, trade shops, farm buildings, interpreters and artisans in period ...

  • Deaf Culture Centre

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    Toronto

    The DEAF CULTURE CENTRE is a symbol of the Deaf community celebrating Deaf life. It is a public forum both historical and forward-looking. The CENTRE is contemporary, a fun gathering place that is ...

  • Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead

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    St. George

    Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead is a National Historic Site. It is the birthplace and childhood home of one of Canada's most eminent citizens. Growing up on a mid-19th century farm with its ...

  • Allan Macpherson House

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    Napanee

    Macpherson House was built on the banks of the Napanee River in c. 1826, when it was the first private home to the north of the river. It was the residence of Allan Macpherson, one of the most ...

  • Ameliasburgh Historical Museum

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    Ameliasburgh

    Ameliasburgh Historical Museum has grown from one building, in 1968, to a full pioneer village. A log cabin, display barns, an operational blacksmith shop, a sap shanty, dairy and bee-keeping ...

  • Annandale National Historic Site

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    Tillsonburg

    Nationally designated for its magnificent interior, Annandale House serves as a monument to the Victorian style of design known as the Aesthetic Art Movement.

  • Applewood Shaver House

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    Etobicoke

    Located in the City of Toronto, Applewood or Shaver House, as it is commonly known, provides a lovely setting for marriage ceremonies, parties and meetings. It has been in operation for over 20 years ...

  • Backus Mill Heritage and Conservation Centre

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    Port Rowan

    Truly a chance to step back in time for a glimpse of our pioneer past. The Village has more than a dozen restored or reconstructed buildings to explore.

  • Backus Page House Museum

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    Wallacetown

    The Backus-Page House Museum is a living history museum located in the heart of the Talbot Settlement. The Georgian style house has been restored as closely as possible to its 1850’s state.

  • Barnum House

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    Grafton

    The Barnum House was built between 1817 and 1819 by Eliakim Barnum, a United Empire Loyalist originally from Vermont. Barnum House was the first house museum to open in Ontario, restored and operated ...

  • Bell Homestead National Historic Site

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    Brantford

    Discover the household of Alexander Melville and Eliza Bell, the events surrounding the invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell, and the origins of Canadian Telephone operations to 1880.

  • Bellevue House National Historic Site

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    Kingston

    Bellevue House was once the home of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister. Restored to the 1840s period, and staffed by costumed interpreters, the house and gardens are kept much as ...

  • Benares Historic House

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    Mississauga

    With more than 160 years of history, this exquisite estate was home to four generations of the Harris and Sayers families. Feel the warmth and pride of workmanship in this home which has been ...

  • Bethune Memorial House National Historic Site

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    Gravenhurst

    Visit the birthplace of a hero in Ontario. Learn about the life and achievements of Dr. Henry Norman Bethune!

  • Bobby Orr Hall of Fame

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    Parry Sound

    Located along side the Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in my hometown of Parry Sound, Ontario, the Hall has a wonderful collection of past and present sports information that will appeal to a ...

  • Brubacher House

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    Waterloo

    Learn first hand from knowledgeable tour guides about the life of a Pennsylvania German Mennonite family during the mid-nineteenth century. See an authentic depiction of a Pennsylvania German farm ...

  • Bruce Mines

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    Bruce Mines

    Bruce Mines, Ontario, on the North Shore of Lake Huron, boasts a scenic setting for fishing, camping, hunting, snowmobiling, skiing, boating & sailing. With terrific amenities and events, Bruce Mines ...

  • Canada South Science City

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    Windsor

    Canada South Science City is 30,000 Square Feet of Education and Entertainment packed in to one child friendly environment.

  • Canada's First Forestry Station

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    St. Williams

    Learn about the history of the Canadian forests, and those who played roles in the development of Canada's First Forestry Station.

  • Cedar Ridge Creative Centre

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    Scarborough

    Cedar Ridge Creative Centre is a vibrant arts hub housed in a historic mansion. Built as a family home in 1912, Cedar Ridge is surrounded by lush gardens and scenic woods with a variety of walking ...

  • Chiefswood National Historic Site

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    Ohsweken

    Chiefswood stands testament to the legacy of the Johnson Family and within the societal sphere of Six Nations in the 19th century. Home to a Mohawk Confederacy Chief, and infamous daughter-Emily ...

  • Discovery Harbour

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    Penetanguishene

    Discovery Harbour, on scenic Penetanguishene Bay, will take you back in time to the presence of British naval and military forces in Central Ontario. Come and explore this recreated, 19th century ...

  • Fanshawe Pioneer Village

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    London

    Every season brings a calendar filled with a wide variety of special events for all the family to enjoy. Harvest Fest and Haunted Village Hayrides and our magical Christmas at The Village.

  • First Hussars Museum

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    London

    Artifacts and memorabilia of the 1st Hussars, open by appointment.

  • Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives

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    Keswick

    Located near the south shore of beautiful Lake Simcoe, this ten-acre site is now home to sixteen structures that interpret the rich history of Georgina between 1850 and 1920, including a one-room ...

  • Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame

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    Maxville

    The Glengarry Sports Hall of Fame is an organization that was founded in 1978 to celebrate and preserve the achievements of Glengarry County's athletes. Glengarry hosts one of the world's largest ...

  • Fort William Historical Park

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    Thunder Bay

    Vast award winning living museum depicting all aspects of early 19th century fur trading and society, from domestic and professional period crafts to feasts and festivals, with costumed characters to ...

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  • Centreville Amusement Park

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    A 20-acre family theme park with over 30 rides and attractions on the Toronto Islands. Old Ontario village main street has lots of food, games, shops and rides including our antique carousel, log ...

  • Fantasy Fair

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    Etobicoke

    Come out and enjoy Fantasy Fair - the perfect place for the whole family. Little ones love the bumper boats and the play village while older children can enjoy the bumper cars, the spinner and the ...

  • Canada's Wonderland

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    Vaughan

    Experience the most exhilarating collection of rides and roller coasters in all of Canada! Test your level of thrill being spun 360 degrees, or free falling 230 feet!

  • Midway Family Fun Park

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    Ottawa

    Enjoy the LARGEST indoor family entertainment center in Eastern Ontario, with over 50,000 square feet of FUN!

  • Bingemans Conference and Recreation Centre

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    Kitchener

    The area's largest water park, offers days of fun and entertainment for kids of all ages. there is also the newest and largest indoor family playground in the region with 25,000 square feet of fun.