Pioneer Day

A program for elementary school children up to Grade 6

Pioneer Day School Programme


We are very excited to have received a grant to support the continuation of our Pioneer Program from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Stratford Perth Community Foundation, the Government of Canada,
and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast.

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation launched its Pioneer Day Program in 1988 for elementary school children up to grade 6, a wide range of pioneer activities and experiences intended to stimulate interest in local history, heritage and early days of settlement in Perth County. The Pioneer Day Program takes place at Fryfogel Tavern on highway 7/8 some 12 kilometres east of Stratford just east of Shakespeare.

Instructors lead students in workshops featuring activities that relate directly to our past, supplementing in-class study, ever mindful of the Ontario curriculum.

Activities may include:

  • Historical Tours
  • Tales of the Huron Tract / Storytelling
  • Pioneer Gardening / Herbal Remedies
  • Baking
  • Arboretum
  • Pollinators
  • Sewing
  • Pioneer Games
  • Pioneer Artifacts
  • Surveying and Road Building

Classes must pre-register to participate in the full day program. Cost of the full day program is $6 per student.

How the program operates

The Pioneer Day Programme will run Monday through Friday from June 16, 2017 to June 18, 2017 and may be extended to the weeks just prior to or following these dates, if warranted.

The program includes activities within Fryfogel Tavern itself and on the grounds of the five-acre site. Children are expected to dress in pioneer clothing suitable for outdoor activity. All activity moves indoors during inclement weather.

All students enjoy a guided tour of Fryfogel Tavern, the grounds and heritage garden. A local historian discusses efforts to attract settlers to Canada Company land on the Huron Tract, focusing on the arrival of a Swiss immigrant, Sebastian Fryfogel and his family, in 1828.

Supervision is needed and students should be careful when walking along the front of the tavern owing to proximity of the building to the highway. A snow fence serves as a temporary barrier.

Teachers are responsible for lunchtime supervision. At least three adult volunteers should be on hand to assist in lunchtime supervision. Their participation is free of charge.

Please carry a cell phone with you. There is no land-line phone at the tavern.

The Stratford Perth Heritage Foundation appreciates financial support for this program received from the Stratford Perth Community Centre.

For inquiries or booking please contact Wave Griffin by email or by telephone at 519-271-5671.