Incredible nightlife options, artisan apprenticeships, and the city’s most unique craft brewery make Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village a must-visit destination.

City life can be complicated, but there’s a heritage oasis in North Toronto where you can unwind and take a trip back in time. Black Creek Pioneer Village isn’t a place that describes the past to you — it brings it to life in ways you wouldn’t expect.

You probably never imagined you could spend a day learning a trade like beermaking, or take in an escape-room style  game among the 40 heritage buildings located near Jane and Steeles.

“It’s more than you would expect,” says Assistant General Manager Wendy Rowney. “It’s not just a place for elementary school field trips.”

New Nightlife offerings for the fall include an extraordinary escape game, axe throwing, and moonlight haunted walks.

The creatively minded can get hands-on by learning authentic craft techniques at the Village and bring home their handiwork! Rowney says some popular items are a stitched leather pouch, decorative pierced tin tiles — and yes, craft beer.

Day-long brewing apprenticeships offer the chance to learn the art of beermaking and even take home a two-litre growler of handcrafted pioneer ale. Your teacher? The Black Creek Village Brewery’s master brewer.

“No visit is complete without trying a pint,” says Rowney.

For history buffs, the Village’s collection of 19th-century artifacts from the Confederation era take on a new meaning for Canada 150. The Village has one of Ontario’s richest collections, with approximately 50,000 artifacts showing the evolution of Canadian society.

With the Pioneer Village subway stop opening later this year, it will be easier than ever to unwind at the brewery, learn a heritage trade, or explore local history.