In 1969, Frank and Shirley Fisher began collecting Canadian Heritage pieces and opened Bygone Days Farm, a place where farm animals could be viewed at close range. By 1971 the heritage collection was included and the new venture was named Bygone Days Museum. By 1972 other buildings were added to show the growing collection of heritage items. Now there are 30 buildings dating from the mid 1800's. Each building is complete with authentic furnishings and artifacts. The farm section has been phased out but the Heritage Village is thriving. The Village has an extensive collection of buggies, cutters and wagons along with 3 steam engines, a steam train, 24 antique tractors and many other farm implements. Come by yourself or bring your family. There is something for everyone at Bygone Days.
Re-enactment - Fans of civil war re-enactments really love the authenticity of Bygone Days where people strolling around in their period attire look just like they belong there!
Wedding Venue - Our 1880 Knox Presbyterian Church has the capacity to hold 123 people which makes it ideal for an old fashioned wedding. The church is quaint, fully accessible and offers a unique opportunity for couples and their guests to actually dress up in period clothing to create a truly memorable wedding experience. Have your caterer set up your reception under the enormous coverall.
Photography - Bygone Days is a whole world of backdrops for photographers. In the Fall of 2010 the Georgian Bay Living Escarpment Magazine ran a 12 page fashion spread that was shot exclusively at Bygone Days Heritage Village.
Film - In the summer of 2010 Foresight Features used Bygone Days as the setting for the filming of their feature, soon to be released, movie "Exit Humanity." Bygone Days is a natural location for movies, television shows, advertisements or just fun home videos.
Artists - Still life in the 1800's; acres of natural landscape with its own pond and forest. Bygone Days is a wealth of visual opportunities for any artist.
Schools are welcome for tours! Bring your class out for a lesson in our 1879 schoolhouse! Students will get a first hand appreciation for how our ancestors lived, worked and played. Scheduled tours may be arranged that include shingle making, blacksmithing and rope making.
Bygone Days Heritage Village is open to the public by Appointment Only from June 1st to October 31st.
Prices: (Cash Only)
Group Rate - 25 or more people are charged at $1.00 off of the regular rate
Free Parking and Washrooms
"I liked the village and the potential it could have. If there is a way to squeeze an event there it would be great. I was happy at the way it opened up on short notice. We could have had a bad time of it with the snow."
Paul Pilkey, 21st Mississippi
"I was much impressed with the village and also extremely impressed with the management there. The fact that they went out of their way, on such a short notice, to let us stay in those lovely historical buildings was beyond belief. They certainly went out of their way to make us as comfortable as possible and I know we all appreciated their kindness. It is a great little village and I wish we could hold a re-enactment as there is lots of room there too. So please thank them for all that they did for us... it was much appreciated."
Donna and Wayne Elliott, 10th Louisiana
"I think that Bygone Days has some real potential. Its definitely worth looking into."
Greg Fekner, 10th Louisiana
"For By-Gone Days Farm....I remember going into the fantastic heritage buildings on the property and visualizing myself living in that time period. My favourite building was the church. It was beautiful and really showed how much religion was a part of people's lives back then. I think that Bygone Days is a fantastic way of actually showing students history instead of just lecturing in a classroom. It definitely makes history more interesting to those who aren't particularly into it! A lady I worked with actually had her wedding in the church there!"
aDara, Collingwood, ON
"I could spend all day at Bygone days! The antique tractors and the Vulcan 0.4.0 steam train are amazing to see."
Omar Collis, Collingwood, ON
"We had our family reunion there last summer and it was a great place. The kids were fascinated by all of the sleighs, wagons and buggies and the adults were enthralled at the authentic buildings and antiques. We will be back next year!"
Casey Best, Wasaga Beach
Make a point of visiting a slice of history this summer at Bygone Days Heritage Village! Call today 705-606-1877 to book your family picnic, wedding or business picnic!
We greatly acknowledge the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, an Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Recreation.