In 1958, the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (MTRCA) acquired the Stong Family farm at the southeast corner of Steeles Avenue West and Jane Street. In the family since 1816, the Stong property included a collection of 19th century farm buildings that the MTRCA decided to preserve and use to tell the story of rural life in a typical Ontario community around the time of Confederation. In 1960, Black Creek Pioneer Village opened to the public and, over the next decades, grew as other at-risk heritage buildings and structures from across south-central Ontario were relocated to the site.


Colour view of historic buildings and people on horse-drawn wagon with fence in foreground.
Roblin’s Mill at Black Creek Pioneer Village
[ca. 1965]
Series 249, File 356, Item 30


Colour view of body of water surrounded by trees. Building in the background.
Duck Pond at Black Creek Pioneer Village
July 1982
Fonds 124, File 11, Item 49
Colour view of white wooden two story building in winter with snow in foreground.
Half Way House at Black Creek Pioneer Village
November 24, 1989
Fonds 124, File 11, Item 69

Planning for the Ontario Science Centre started in 1961, and in 1964 Premier John Robarts hired 33-year-old architect Raymond Moriyama to design the site and facility. Planned as Ontario’s main project to celebrate Canada’s centennial in 1967, the project was not completed and open to the public until 1969. Moriyama was sensitive to the natural features and beauty of the Science Centre site, located on a wooded ravine at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The facility was built with three linked structures which descend into the valley and provide spectacular views through many windows. Another advantage of the site was its proximity to the recently opened Don Valley Parkway. With the invitation to “please touch the exhibits,” a visit to the Ontario Science Centre has been a highlight for many students in the Greater Toronto Area for more than fifty years, and provides a fun and educational introduction to topics such as earth sciences, chemistry, technology and human biology.


Black and white oblique aerial view of large, modern style commercial building complex with trees, road and buildings in background.
Aerial view of the Ontario Science Centre
[ca. 1969]
Series 1745, File 9, Item 5


Colour view of boy crouching down in sprint starting position.
Student visit to Ontario Science Centre
August 30, 1988
Fonds 124, File 8, Item 249