Explore at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

60th Season

Visit our new exhibit, Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village, in the Trillium Community Gallery.

Fanshawe Pioneer Village is now open for our 60th anniversary season! Visit us, Tuesday through Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Our administration office in the Spriet Family Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Please visit our Education and Tours page for more information on pre-booked education programs and tours, or our Upcoming Events page to learn more about what is happening during 2019.

If you have questions about our public programming season at Fanshawe Pioneer Village contact Alison Deplonty, Public Programming Coordinator at 519-457-1296 x 811.

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Trillium Community Gallery Exhibit

Discover the enduring legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village in our 60th anniversary exhibit, featuring artifacts from our permanent collection!

May 1st - October 10th, 2019, Tuesday to Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

Pioneer Village Cafe

The Pioneer Village Cafe is open Tuesday to Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Denfield General Store

The Denfield General Store is open Tuesday to Sunday, and Holiday Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This Week at Fanshawe Pioneer Village

Each year Fanshawe Pioneer Village picks a theme to explore during the season as well as further rotating programming themes to help enhance your visit.

Yearly Theme

This year’s seasonal theme is Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we commemorate our 60th anniversary! Discover the history of the Village during your visit to our annual exhibit, Celebrate 60!: The Enduring Legacy of Fanshawe Pioneer Village hosted in the Trillium Community Gallery. Help us recreate vintage photos, share memories of a recent visit, or one from years gone by, with us on social media. Compare our restored buildings to photos of them when they arrived. And more!

Be sure to join us for themed interpretation, programs, and events as we celebrate!

Meet some of our long-term friends and partners during Celebrate 60! at Fanshawe Pioneer Village on Sunday, June 23rd, featuring throwback admission rates of $0.60!

Rotating Themes

Other programming themes rotate throughout the season so be sure to purchase a membership and visit often!

July: Social Change

A lot changed between 1820 and 1920, and Canada continues to change today! During the 100 years of history talked about at the village society evolved, not only in the roles people played within their families but also in their sense of community. Join us to discover how etiquette influenced social behaviour, learn what it took to become an apprentice, explore the jobs different people took on, and explore how the identity of early settlers and Canada has transformed.

Grab your camera! We’re encouraging photographers to join us and capture scenes that catch their eye on Saturday, July 13, 2019.

Dominion Day: Monday, July 1, 2019
Summer Theatre Presents: The Wind in the Willows & Fools and Lovers: July 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2019
History + Jane: Friday, July 26, 2019
Fanshawe 1812: Enemy in Sight: Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 2019

PLUS! Register now for our the Time Travellers’ Summer Day Camp! Camp runs July 15 to 19th (ages 8-12)

August: Agriculture and Subsistence

Proper tools, successful crops, and the care of animals were key to the survival of farming families. Later farmers ability to produce extra crops enabled the diversification of labour and success of tradespeople. Food was often the centre of family life– the recipes were passed down from generation to generation. Discover new recipes, make rope, help tend a garden, and feed our chickens and grade eggs as you explore the rural past. Experience the sights and sounds of a rural fair, including the Mental Floss Side Show, during Fields & Forks: Fanshawe Agricultural Fair on August 17th and 18th, 2019. “When you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile,” so why not reimagine the Village as a beloved PEI town on August 25th, 2019.

Let’s go fly a kite! Bring a small kite from home and enjoy a peaceful afternoon on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

Pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy it in the village on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

Open Civic Holiday: Monday, August 5, 2019
Fields & Forks: Fanshawe Agricultural Fair: Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2019

September: Technology

Have you ever wondered how the pioneers managed to tend to their farms and complete their chores? Initially, everything had to be done by hand, using simple machines, or with the help of animals. New technology was all the rage! Experience the transformation of farming practices, visit tradespeople, and test out different tools for getting jobs done. Discover the history of the moving image on September 7th, 2019.

Open, Labour Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
History + The Moving Image: Saturday, September 7, 2019
Doors Open London: Saturday and Sunday, September 14 and 15, 2019
A Day for the Dogs: Sunday, September 23, 2019

October: Preparing for Winter

Getting ready for winter is a big job! Come help the villagers prepare for early evenings and cold weather as we dip candles, make preserves, and enjoy cosy days by the fire. Enjoy Thanksgiving Day at Fanshawe Pioneer Village as we celebrate fall and the end of our 60th season on Monday, October 14th, 2019.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, October 12, 13, and 14, 2019
Thanksgiving at the Village: Monday, October 14, 2019
Midnight Village (Ticketed Event): October 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 30, 2019