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Ron Gostlin
Manager
88 Brunel Road, Huntsville, ON, P1H 1R1

Phone: 705-789-7576 ext. 3210

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Educational Programs

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Education Program Information 2019

Muskoka Heritage Place offers hands-on learning opportunities in a fresh open-air environment, providing teachers the chance to give their students the tangible and memorable experiences of nature and history.

Availability

We open for the season 7 days per week from May 18th until October 12th and our daily education program duration is from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Special arrangements may be made to alter these times depending on availability of staff and resources.

Admission

Our 2019 rates are $13.75 per student and are tax exempt. We allow 1 (Caregiver / teacher / parent) for every 6 students free admission. Extra caregivers over the allowed number who wish to join in your visit are offered the same admission rate as the students. Bus drivers are allowed complimentary admission with the group booking purchase.

Booking

When you are ready to book your class visit please contact Ron Gostlin (705) 789-7576 ext. 3210 with your

  • School name
  • Phone number and email address
  • Approximate number of students expected (this will help us staff appropriately however you will only be charged for those who arrive)
  • Extra Care-givers (over your 1 per every 6)
  • Your ideal visitation date(s)

Once you're booked, you will receive "in-class material" that you may wish to review and discuss either prior to, or following your visit.

Payment

  • Payment on arrival may be made by either cheque, Visa, Mastercard or Debit
  • You may prearrange being invoiced after your arrival

When You Arrive

Whoever is responsible for payment, please come to our main admissions.

Our costumed narrators will greet your bus on arrive and students will be divided into group sizes of approximately 15 and led into the Pioneer Village.

Our program has been revamped to include Metis and First Nations perspectives as per the newest curriculum mandates.

Program duration is from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and is comprised of a rotating activity schedule that entertains and educates your students by getting them involved in hands-on activities such as:

  • Candle dipping
  • Wool carding
  • Blacksmith lesson
  • Pioneer chores
  • Pioneer baking
  • A school lesson in the one room school house
  • A visit with our farm animals
  • A visit to our museum
  • Nature's Treasure Hunt
  • Cat Tail Warriors and dolls

Portage Flyer Train Ride

A complimentary ride on our Portage Flyer Train may be included with educational programs depending on availability. The train does not operate on Sundays or Mondays and any scheduled or unscheduled unavailability of the train does not reflect a discount. The time previously allotted for the train ride will be off-set by additional activities or building tours.

Artifacts and Collections

Our Muskoka Museum offers a chronological journey from our First People through pioneer settlement, development, industry, sport, entertainment and tourism. Our 2019 - 2020 feature exhibit is titled "Healthy Huntsville, a Brief History of Health Care in Huntsville".

Huntsville is has one of the healthiest environments in the world: plenty of clean air and fresh water. The environment has provided both challenges and cures for people here. A brief history of health care is presented in Healthy Huntsville at Muskoka Heritage Place. Visit for family fun discovering both old remedies and new ways of staying Healthy Huntsville.

Lunchtime

We have areas to store your pack lunches or you may leave them on the bus. We have a wonderful outdoor area on our "Village Green" to enjoy lunchtime however we do not have refrigeration space to accommodate pack lunches

Accessibility

It is recommended that all participants have sturdy footwear, mosquito repellent, sunscreen, raingear, smiling faces and a keen desire to time travel.

Most of our site is flat with hard packed gravel roadways and grass. Our outdoor site, museums and restrooms are wheelchair accessible however due to standard construction practices at the turn of the 20th century many of our pioneer doorways are inaccessible by today's wheelchairs and scooters. We offer (with deposit) complimentary large-print site booklets to accompany our people with disabilities in vision and or mobility.

Pre-arranged programs may be available for special needs groups, depending on the availability of personnel.

 

For more information or to book your class visit, please contact Ron Gostlin