History buffs, rejoice! If you’re looking for the best historical attractions in the Georgina area, you’ve come to the right place. Perhaps you enjoy learning about the history of an area, what used to be here and how settlement occurred. Maybe the military aspect appeals to you. If you like taking a trip back in time to get to know the cultural and historical roots of a region, these activities and attractions are for you. And if you think that history and young kids don’t go well together, think again. There are more than enough exhibits of interest at these three attractions to keep the young ones fascinated in the stories from “the olden days”.
The Cultural History of Sibbald Point Provincial Park, 26071 York Rd 18 (Park Road) Sutton West:
One of the best ways to earn about the history of the area is to delve into the past of the Sibbald Family via this 1 km easy walk with accompanying interpretive guidebook. Stops along the way include the settler’s cabin and a walk down “The Avenue”. You can visit the Eildon Hall Museum, which was the Sibbald Family’s estate home circa 1836, featuring 19th-century artifacts and furniture (open during July and August). Other places of interest include St. George’s Anglican Church, built in 1877, and the graveyard where famous Canadian authors Stephen Butler Leacock and Mazo de la Roche are buried. For more information, click here.
Georgina Military Museum, 26061 Woodbine Ave Keswick:
In their own words, the Georgina Military Museum offers “a rich and highly textured multi-dimensional presentation of the involvement of members of our society in Canadian wartime conflicts of past and present.” You can expect to find a balanced account of wartime here, including archives of artifacts and a library of interviews with those impacted by war. The museum is an excellent educational resource and takes the stance of having the discussion about the severity of war and the importance of prevention. Learn more about this important resource by clicking here.
Georgina Pioneer Village:
There is something magical about seeing how pioneers lived, and Georgina Pioneer Village is no exception. Nestled on 10 acres, the variety of homesteads and outbuildings tell the story of life in Georgina between 1850 and 1920. Included are the one-room schoolhouse, general store, train station, blacksmith, and apothecary. Fans of Little House on the Prairie take note – there is also a log home in the woods. Archives of records and family documents, as well as photographs, round out the offerings. Keep your eyes peeled for special events at Georgina Pioneer Village like Canada Day and Harvest Festival (the apple cider is amazing and the kids’ games are loads of fun). Another favorite is the Old-fashioned Christmas, held in November (this one, in particular, is stunning for the scents, tastes, and beauty of the crafts and flavors constructed). To find out more about Georgina Pioneer Village, and to put those special events on your calendar, click here.