Most who grew up in the Toronto area have at some point visited Black Creek Pioneer Village at some point in their lifetime. However, kids west of the Greater Toronto Area most likely remember visiting Westfield Heritage Village, located in Rockton, just north west of Hamilton.
October is the last month you can enjoy a regular visit before closing for the winter season.
Visiting Westfield Historic Village, you find 30 restored buildings from the 19th century from the surrounding area (from Hamilton, Burlington and other small towns, some of which no longer exist). They make up the site, recreating a typical village of the late 1800s.
Costumed interpreters share information about the history of the buildings and how people in the area lived. Various demonstrations such as using a spinning wheel and woodworking, as well as showcasing a life of a young soldier or student in a classroom give you a close-up view of what people did “back then”.
This is a great place for families to visit and learn about how people lived in this part of Ontario over 100 years ago.
Our visit last year was in mid-October – a beautiful time with colourful leaves and rustic look to the scenery. Wandering around Westfield Heritage Village is a great date idea, especially if you both enjoy taking photos like we do. It’s also a great spot for families – not only for the history, but also photo opportunities.
A few more photos from our visit:
When to visit: Westfield is open Sundays and holidays from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April to October. Special events run from March to December, hours may vary. Check the website.
Regular admission: $8.50 Adults, $7.50 Seniors/Disabled, $5.50 Children 6-12. Children 5 and under free.
Location: Westfield is located at 1049 Kirkwall Road (formerly Regional Road 552), off Highway 8 in Rockton.