Doon Heritage Village
Doon Heritage Village
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Doon Heritage Village is a 60 acre living history village, exploring life in rural Waterloo Region in the year 1914. The village is open daily throughout the summer season; and open weekdays only during the months of September, October and November. The village is open on selected weekends in December - check the museum's website for specific dates and times. The Waterloo Region Museum is the entrance to Doon Heritage Village. One admission price includes entry to the village and museum exhibit galleries. The village comes to life with knowledgeable interpreters dressed in authentic 1914 clothing and features historic buildings, farm animals and fun activities the whole family will enjoy. Learn what was happening locally, provincially, nationally and internationally in the year 1914, the time period Doon Heritage Village is set in, by watching the museum's Orientation Video, available on-line and in the Waterloo Region Museum's Christie® Theatre.
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Explorer_IM
Cambridge, Canada498 contributions
Oct 2022
Nice place to visit to know about history of waterloo region. We visited a day before thanksgiving and they had apple activity going on. We were offered apples, apple cookies, apple butter with freshly baked in house bread, apple cider, apple sauce with pancakes. There were apple games to play and a fun horse cart ride. Fun day spent with family in between awesome fall colors.
Written 10 October 2022
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one on one
Toronto, Canada89 contributions
Jul 2022
Found this place while googling for places to visit after going to St.Jacob’s market nearby.Do not expect this to be a big place but it was nice and quiet when we visited.There were workers dressed in period costumes.Only things that were missing would be if food or other items made from real working equipments in the village can be purchased to add to the authentic experience.
Written 29 July 2022
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Travel
49 contributions
Jun 2021
Great place to visit with kids. A place to return to on a regular basis. Good variety. There will be more visitors with the covid restrictions being lifted.
Written 11 June 2021
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00Bruce00
Manhattan Beach, CA177 contributions
Aug 2019
Doon Heritage Village is a recreation of a rural Ontario village in 1914, including buildings and their furnishings or equipment, and grounds. Many buildings have docents dressed in period attire who tell you about the buildings and answer questions. Everything is in restored condition, and you are welcome to explore the buildings and grounds all you want. They make it easy for you to imagine what life would have been like in those days. Highly recommendable for school groups. To find it you must first find the Waterloo Region Museum; you park there and enter the museum building; the price of admission includes both the museum and the village. Food is available in the museum building, so you don't have to worry about leaving in order to get lunch. There is so much to see and learn here that we spent an entire day in the museum and a second entire day in the village.
Written 28 August 2019
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Flossj
Ampney Crucis, UK40 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We came specifically to explore the old Anne of Green Gables sites from the 1985 movie and were disappointed at the lack of knowledge by all the staff about the locations, as well as the attitude of a number of the staff. The three men in the blacksmithing room clearly thought our presence an intrusion on their conversation and we received a blank faced recitation of a couple of facts then silence that suggested we leave. Not great and definitely not worth the entrance fee.
Written 25 August 2019
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CanRu
Toronto, Canada296 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
That would have been another artificial "pioneer village", if not for folks who work there. Most of them are local (as in "5 generations in the area"), and a lot of them are coming from farms themselves. so they're able to explain the local farming life in very good details.
Written 4 August 2019
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JeNetty
Canada47 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Great little historic village depicting life in the early 1900’s!

Fans of the original Anne of Green Gables will TOTALLY recognize the townscape from the movie! I had no idea it was filmed here, but I’m a big fan...so it was a little strange to have such a familiar feeling for a place I had never physically been to!
Written 2 June 2019
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AnneR39
Jarfalla, Sweden144 contributions
May 2019
Great to see the people dressed up in historical costumes in the various buildings and hear them tell about the history of the mennonites, how a grocery store was run, etc. The blacksmith was so knowledgeable and enthusiastic!
Written 31 May 2019
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GlennRobert57
Courtice, Canada3 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
My wife and I were travelling through the Kitchener/Waterloo area for the weekend and we found this museum online and wanted to check it out. When we arrived, the staff greeted us enthusiastically and the $11 entry fee was incredibly affordable. We decided to take the 'Doon Heritage Village' tour before we went to the museum. My wife and I have been to many of these villages with live tour guides in costume, playing a role and we have never experienced these young students/adults being so enthusiastic about their jobs. Every single employee did their job 100% and made us more interested in what they were saying. I can't say enough about these young men and women doing their job. My wife and I didn't think it could get better after going through the village until we went to the Waterloo Regional Museum. I grew up in Toronto and I am embarrassed that Toronto does not have a historical museum about the history and development and celebration of Toronto that this museum has. It was fascinating, engaging and interactive. Every city, county, region should look at this museum to understand how to celebrate their history. The young students/volunteers were very knowledgeable and actually interested in what they were doing. That made our visit even more enjoyable.

Your museum, their managers and their employees that do the really tough work when they bake bread and light ovens in 35 degree weather MUST be commended for their ability to make any visitor feel welcome and informed about the history of this extremely interesting region.

If you are in the area, do not pass this up.
Written 23 May 2019
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schumanchowdhry
Canada13 contributions
Aug 2018 • Business
the Heritage museum in Kitchener is a place you should take your family to know what the 50's were like.
Written 11 December 2018
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