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Apprenticeships for History Buffs

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Brewing with the Brewmaster

Spend the day learning how to brew as they did in the 1860s. Take home a 2L growler of beer.

  • Weekends (May-December) Fridays (July & August)
  • $90/members, $99/non-member, one person per day (taxes not included)

Apprentice in the Village

Spend the day working one-on-one with our Baker, Blacksmith, Printer, Quilter, Spinner or Weaver! Experience the work of a 19th century craftsperson and learn all about the tools of the trade. Take home your finished product. NEW for 2016: Weaving!

  • Apprenticeships available on weekends June, July, August, December and daily in May, September, October, and November.
    *Black Smith apprenticeship is only available on weekends
  • $75/members, $80/non-member, one person per day (taxes not included)

Please call 416.667.6295, ext. 2 for more information and to register to step back in time
as an Adult Apprentice.

*All adult apprentices must be 15 years or older.
*Adult apprentices with the Blacksmith must wear their own safety approved steel-toed shoes or boots.
*Every adult apprentice will receive a special Village Apprenticeship apron to wear during the apprenticeship and enjoy at home.


"As an avid beer enthusiast, I had high expectations for the Brewing Apprenticeship at Black Creek Pioneer Village. The experience not only met but exceeded my expectations. Ed, the Brewmaster, was both engaging and informative. He really knew a tremendous amount about the brewing process and he made my group was involved in each stage. It was a lot of fun to be able to actually make beer from scratch. And to be able to bring home the beer at the end of the day was fantastic.I highly recommend the Brewmaster apprenticeship. If you enjoy beer the way my husband and I do, you will come away with an incredible experience."
-Catherine (October 23, 2016)

"I have been on many brewery tours over the years, as I am passionate about beer and the brewing process, but the Brewing Apprenticeship at Black Creek Pioneer Village was unlike any brewery experience I have ever had. Because the Brewmaster involves you directly in the process, I feel like I came away with a deeper understanding of how brewing beer actually works. It was a tremendous experience to be able to brew beer and learn about the historical context. I should also mention that the beer is fantastic and you get to take home a 2Litre growler of the stuff not to mention sampling beer throughout the day. You can also taste the wort if you like but I cannot say that it is as good as the finished product. I think the experience is well suited for individuals who like beer or the history of beer in Canada. If like me you appreciate both, the apprenticeship is great value and an excellent way to spend a Sunday."
- Lucas (October 23, 2016)

"My day with the Brewer not only helped me develop skills to create my own, but also helped me appreciate the roots of the craft beer culture being developed in Toronto today. From the first boil to the final pour I enjoyed my entire experience at Black Creek!"
-Marco Aldrovandi (Summer 2015)