Break the curse at Black Creek Pioneer Village!

Explore a cursed village at dusk. Uncover the secrets hidden among the barns and homesteads, but don’t awaken the dark things that dwell just out of sight… Read MoreBook Now

WHAT THE PRESS IS SAYING ABOUT SECRET CITY ADVENTURES

“Unlike other escape rooms, this one is theatrical and includes a cast of actors to further enhance the immersive experiences.”

“Nearly 75 years after Casa Loma served as an undercover research centre for anti-submarine detection technology, the castle is offering a game that takes you back to those days.”

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“We’re all young professionals with serious, demanding jobs but this game is bringing out the childlike wonder in us.”

REAL ESCAPE GAME

Become a detective and try to beat our criminal mastermind!

The fan favourite series Murdoch Mysteries is now playable in Toronto, and you're the star detective! Can you discover the clues, piece together the evidence and crack the case? Read MoreBook Now

Luck Dodgers: Superstitions of the 21st Century

Next month, the 13th falls on a Friday! Often thought to be unlucky, we thought we’d have a look at some of the other most pervasive superstitions… and a couple you might not have heard of before!   Opening an umbrella indoors Although we all get out our...
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Happy Ever After

Here at Secret City Adventures we’re lucky enough to run some great escape room games in Toronto’s iconic castle Casa Loma. Seen here while still under construction in 1913 complete with horse and (sort of) carriage, it’s a classic “fairy tale castle”… but where did...
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Puzzles of the Past

Puzzle and game enthusiasts young and old have been enjoying our Real Escape Game experiences in Toronto since 2015. But did you know, these Japanese games are widely considered to be the progenitors to the Escape Room puzzle genre dating back over a decade! Inspired...
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Metapuzzle Theory

Escape rooms or immersive games sometimes use different types of puzzles to tie other puzzles together. At Secret City Adventures, we call this type of puzzle a metapuzzle. A metapuzzle is a puzzle whose components are determined by the solutions to other puzzles....
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Leftover Laws

Our latest escape game Where Dark Things Dwell at Black Creek Pioneer Village is played in an imagined world of the occult with actors… But did you know that until last month there was a law prohibiting pretend witchcraft and fortune-telling still on the statute books...
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Codebreaking 101

According to a recent review by Inside Toronto, our latest escape game Where Dark Things Dwell has “anagrams that would have stumped Alan Turing” so let’s have a look at what you’re up against… Can you remember what he invented? If the ‘enigma machine’ immediately...
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The Rules of the Game

A dastardly crime has been committed. It ought to be impossible! A colourful cast of characters all serve as suspects. The game is afoot! Who is clever enough to solve the mystery? The great detective, of course - the hero of the story - and the reader, too! The...
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Torontonian Fun of Yesteryear

Since their development by our partner Real Escape Game in Japan in 2007, escape rooms have been taking the world by storm! Nowadays, they’re so established that it’s hard to imagine they’re a 21st century invention, so let’s take a moment to look back at what people...
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Bootlegging Etymology

From 1916 to 1927 buying a drink in Toronto could have got you in trouble with the law. Why? Prohibition! Although there was a loophole in an exemption for doctors to prescribe their patients alcohol for certain illnesses (which, curiously enough, was especially high...
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The True Lives of Fake Detectives

You’ve heard of Sherlock Holmes, right? Born in 1854, he worked as a consulting detective in London, retiring in 1904. His apartments and home office, which he shared with his friend and biographer Dr John Watson, were famously located at 221B Baker St, in the...
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