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Black Creek Pioneer Village

Dare to go where dark things dwell

Stopping in the sleepy village of Black Creek for a night’s rest, you and your fellow travellers find yourselves trapped as strange cultists work to awaken an ancient evil force. Now it’s up to you to stop the cultists’ curse. You must save the remaining villagers and discover the great incantation to stop the evil from rising and escape the village before the final bell tolls.



$42 + HST / General
$35 + HST / Student

This is a live event and all sales are final. Once the booking is confirmed, refunds and exchanges are not accepted.

Running time

Time Limit: 90 Minutes

Run Times:
Thursday – 7:00 PM
Friday – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM
Saturday – 6:00 PM, 9:00 PM 

Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. This game is played in fixed teams of 6. If your group is larger than 6 players or you arrive late, you will be split up.


Black Creek Pioneer Village 1000 Murray Ross Pkwy, North York, M3J 2P3 Parking is available for visitors to the site for $7 per car, per day.

If you’re interested in booking in an off time or a corporate engagement, please contact us to arrange a private game.

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Reserve your spot for 2019 now

Click ‘pick date’ or click through ‘following days’ to find games.

Games will not run if the minimum number of tickets are not booked. For further information please visit our FAQ section.

Frequently asked questions

What is this?

Black Creek Pioneer Village Escape Series: Where Dark Things Dwell is a live game for up to 60 players taking place at Black Creek Pioneer Village all summer long.  It is a game of the occult and the uncanny, curses and witchcraft. Up to 10 teams of 6 will explore the village, each experiencing a unique set of challenges and stories.

Is this an escape room?

Not exactly!  Where Dark Things Dwell is a new spin on the escape game format.  Each team will have 90 minutes to explore Black Creek Pioneer Villagesolve puzzles and challenges, and break the curse afflicting a village of unique characters.

Is the game replayable?

Yes! Where Dark Things Dwell is designed for teams to return and have a new experience every time! After completing your first visit to  Where Dark Things Dwell your team will be given a discount code for your replay booking! This code is only applicable to Where Dark Things Dwell and cannot be used with other Secret City Adventures games.

Is it scary? Is it appropriate for children?

Where Dark Things Dwell has no gore or overtly horrific imagery, but it does feature occult and potentially uncomfortable situations.  It takes place at a historical site at dusk, which some may find creepy.

The game is not recommended for children under 13 years of age, although the minimum age to play is 10.

Between the ages of 10-16, for every 4 children there must be at least 1 accompanying adult. Additionally, a waiver signed by a guardian/parent is also needed: please contact us if you require this in advance and we will send you a PDF file.

I cannot find any dates that I can attend!

We release tickets in blocks every season.  Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to our mailing list for updates.

This game has now shut for winter. However, tickets are now on sale for our 2019 games which will be starting in June!

Do you have a waiting or cancellation list?

Yes! On our booking form, just click the ‘wait list’ button for the date you’re interested in. If the date becomes available, emails will be sent out to the waiting list in the order in which they registered – sign up now to make sure you’re one of the first to know! If it looks like your chosen game won’t have availability, we might also contact you with some alternative options to make sure you can still play one of our games! The game cannot run with less than 18 players. A game with less than 18 players will be cancelled with 24 hours notice. You will be contacted and your game will be rescheduled.

Can I put all the tickets under my name?

Yes. Please make sure that you (or your friend) bring the tickets.

Are tickets refundable or transferable?

All sales are final and we cannot offer refunds. Please be aware of that our game is a live event, so once the booking is confirmed, refunds, cancellations or reschedules are not accepted. However, tickets are transferrable and you can give or sell your tickets to another person.

Do you offer corporate bookings?

Yes. We’d love to host you and your group of colleagues! Learn more about our team building options, or email us at teambuilding@secretcityadventures.com to book a private game.

Can I explore the village before the game?

Players of Where Dark Things Dwell can explore the Village before 5pm on the day of their game. Show your ticket at the front desk in order to receive $5 admission to the Village!

The Village grounds are closed between 5pm and 5:45pm. After 5pm, players are welcome to wait in the Visitor Centre for their game to start.

Do Black Creek members get a discount?

Yes! BCPV Family and BCPV VIP Friends & Family memberships are eligible for a 15% discount, although unfortunately those with the Conservation Parks pass are not. Please contact Black Creek Pioneer Village to receive the discount code which should be entered on our booking form at the time of purchase. Discounts cannot be refunded after the tickets have been purchased. Please also make sure you have your membership card available for inspection on the night or we reserve the right to charge the extra amount before the game starts.

Do students get a discount?

Yes – students can play for just $35! Make sure to book the student option at the time of purchase – discounts cannot be refunded after the tickets have been bought. Please also make sure you have your student card available for inspection on the night or we reserve the right to charge the extra amount before the game starts.

What if I have more or less than 6 players?

Where Dark Things Dwell supports up to 60 players at once, and requires teams of exactly 6 players to function. Due to limitations of the space, teams of more than 6 players are not possible, so if you are coming with a larger group please expect to have your group split up. If you have fewer then 6 in your group, you will be matched with other players to complete your team. If you want to be guaranteed a team with your friends, please purchase your tickets in multiples of 6.

Please arrive early, or arrive with your group – if your group arrives apart, or some arrive late, you may be placed in different teams by our staff to ensure the game begins on time.

Is the game wheelchair accessible?

We are working with Black Creek in order to make the game as accessible as possible. There are a limited number of accessible tickets available in each game. If you require an accessible ticket, please email our team before making your booking to ensure that we are able to accommodate you. If you have any questions or concerns, please email team@secretcityadventures.com.  For more information please visit blackcreek.com/accessibility.

Are there any health risks?

None of our games require undue physical exertion, but Where Dark Things Dwell does involve travelling across the village, so expect to walk. The game will run rain or shine, so dress appropriately for weather. You may wish to bring a bottle of water. Black Creek Pioneer Village is located far from the city core, in a comparatively rural setting. We recommend coming prepared with bug repellant, long pants, and close-toed shoes.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes. We recommend wearing long pants and bug repellant. Portions of the game take place outdoors. The game will run in inclement weather, so if rain is in the forecast, wear boots and a raincoat. If you forget, rain ponchos will be available for purchase. Expect to move quickly!

Can I take photos?

To keep the game’s secrets fun for everyone, no photos or videos are allowed during the event.  Please leave your phones in your pockets for the duration of the game, or in the lockers provided.

Wouldn’t this be more fun after a few drinks?

Escape games require a sharp and sober mind. You may be grouped with other players, so it’s important that you’re cooperative. You will also be walking across the Black Creek grounds, at night, over bare ground. So no, please don’t show up drunk. Please note that if you arrive intoxicated, our staff has the right of refusal, and no refunds will be given.

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Real-life escape room games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit.

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Where Dark Things Dwell is an escape-style game taking place throughout Black Creek Pioneer Village, playable by up to 60 people at once. With multiple buildings and outdoor areas to explore, teams of 6 must work together to uncover the dark secrets of the village and break the curse!  When your adventure is finished, come back again and experience the other puzzles.

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Explore Black Creek Pioneer Village at dusk.  Stay out of sight of the cursed souls that wander the barren streets.  Uncover the secrets hidden among the barns and homesteads, but keep quiet!  Don’t awaken the dark things that dwell just out of sight…

What the press are saying

“To break the curse, teams must travel from building to building throughout the night, solving logic puzzles and brain benders to discover the magic words that will wipe away the evil.”

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“It’s all about the occult and dark magic. It’s a lot of fun… it’s pretty spooky too thanks to the people in white masks who have a tendency to suddenly appear behind you.”


“We are promptly chased by white-masked, black-cloaked ghouls into a barn… the village is under a curse, and looking at the hand-stamps we all received on the way in – we are too.”

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Black Creek Pioneer Village is a working village, typical of those established in south central Ontario between the 1790s and the 1860s. Today, this small agricultural community at Toronto’s northern edge honours the ways of our early settlers. Centred around a water mill, the village also features stores, a tavern, a blacksmith shop, houses, churches and a school. Black Creek invites you to escape the modern world and experience Ontario’s rich rural heritage through experiential learning and drawing connections between the mid-1800s and contemporary life.


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