6 Summer Date Ideas For History Buffs

Can’t get enough of the past? Go back in time with your date this summer.

Here are some summer date ideas for history buffs:

Go for a (ghost) walk.
Get spooked — and learn more about your city — on date night. Canadian Living’s top picks for ghost walks include a hike through St. John’s dark alleyways and a creepier-than-most trek through Old Montreal.

Learn something new (and old).
Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village doesn’t just let you meander through a recreated pioneer village, it offers history buffs the opportunity to spend a day apprenticing there. (Learn more here.)

Another option: Attend a historic-cooking workshop at Dundurn Castle in Hamilton.

Check out a fort.
Learn more about Canada’s military history at one of the country’s many historic forts. According to Zoomer readers, if you’re in British Columbia this summer, you should check out Fort St. James National Historic Site — a restored Hudson’s Bay Company post where you can spend the night in a historic home “like a fur-trading boss,” circa 1896 — or camp overnight at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, where you can tour secret bunkers and military command posts.

Visit a lighthouse.
Seventy-four of Canada’s 500 lighthouses are designated heritage sites. Here are the Toronto Star’s picks for the ones you can’t miss. If your summer plans include driving east, why not go all the way and visit Newfoundland’s Cape Spear, the continent’s eastern-most point which houses the province’s oldest surviving lighthouse.

Nova Scotia is home to two lighthouses claiming to be the nation’s oldest. You should probably check them both out.

Go back in time.
Experience “the earliest Canadian pioneer life” at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons near Midland, Ontario, go back to the gold rush in Barkerville, B.C., or take ride in a horse-drawn carriage through a turn-of-the-century Russian Mennonite village in Steinbach, Manitoba’s Mennonite Heritage Village.

Here’s a list of Canada’s open-air and living museums.

Be Indiana Jones.
Dig for dinosaur bones — or at least admire the work of those who have — at Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park. (Here’s a list of some tours to add to your itinerary while you’re at the Badlands. And here’s where to sign up for a guided excavation.) Or channel your inner archaeologist at Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux National Historic Site.

Ghost walk: http://www.canadianliving.com/life/travel/the_9_best_ghost_walks_across_canada.php
Black Creek apprenticeships: http://www.blackcreek.ca/v2/learn/history-buff-workshops.dot
Dundurn Castle:https://www.hamilton.ca/attractions/hamilton-civic-museums/dundurn-national-historic-site
“Fur-Trading boss”: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/stjames/activ/activ_2,-d-,3.aspx
Fort Rodd: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/index.aspx
Lighthouse Toronto Star picks:  https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/07/02/seven-canadian-lighthouses-for-history-buffs.html
Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons: http://www.saintemarieamongthehurons.on.ca/sm/en/Home/
Barkerville: http://www.barkerville.ca/
Mennonite Heritage Village: http://mennoniteheritagevillage.com/
Indiana Jones: http://www.canadianbadlands.com/tours.jsp
Guided excavation: https://atms.alberta.ca/dpp/default.aspx?tagid=7
Saint-Louis Forts: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/qc/saintlouisforts/activ.aspx