Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village is found on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in eastern Ontario. The site covers 60 acres and offers 40 heritage buildings to explore. Costumed interpreters make the 1860’s village realistic, with demonstrations, talks and hands-on activities every day.

Upper Canada Village: Alight at night celebration

DATES OF OPERATION

May 18 – October 6, 2013
from September 3 – October 1, 2013 (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

In order to fully experience the Village, you should plan to spend the whole day. However, you can enjoy a quick overview of the village in about two hours.

The village is also open for guided walks for groups for a few weeks before and after the regular season.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Special events are planned throughout the year at Upper Canada Village.  Popular ones include:

  • Medieval Festival
  • Battle of Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment
  • Fantastic Fibres & Quilt Show
  • Riding in Style
  • Food Lovers’ Field Days
  • Horse Lovers
  • Fall Fair
  • Pumpkinferno (from October 4 – November 2, 2013)
  • Alight at Night (from December 6 – January 4, 2014)

FEES

Individual Admission Rates

Adult (13-64) 15.00
Senior (65+) 12.00
Youth (6 – 12) 12.00
Child (5 and under) FREE

Themed weekends and planned Special Events are slightly more expensive.

Passport to the Past (Upper Canada Village Regular Season Pass)

Adult (13+) 34.95
Senior (65+) 22.95
Youth (6 – 12) 22.95
Child (5 and under) FREE

Premium Passport to the Past (including Pumpkinferno & Alight at Night + Season Pass) is also available.  (Adults are $59.95, Youth and Seniors are $39.95, and Children 5 and under are free).

Upper Canada Village Season Pass Benefits

  • Unlimited regular admission to Upper Canada Village day program and Discovery Centre
  • Unlimited admittance to the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Visitor Centre
  • FREE admission to Fort Henry regular day program
  • FREE admission to all St. Lawrence Parks Day-Use/Beaches (Mille Roches, Woodlands, Brown’s Bay, Farran and Crysler Beach)
  • FREE parking at Upper Canada Village
  • 20% discount on admission for up to 2 guests that you bring with you any time you visit
  • 10% off food purchases at the Harvest Barn, Upper Canada village
  • 10% off regularly priced merchandise at the Village Store.

CONTACT INFORMATION

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, Ontario
K0C 1X0
613.543.4328 or 1.800.437.2233 for information and reservations
www.uppercanadavillage.com

DIRECTIONS TO UPPER CANADA VILLAGE

Option One

  • Take Highway 31 (Bank Street) south to Morrisburg
  • Turn left on County Road 2 and travel east 11 km

Option Two

  • Take Highway 416 to Highway 401
  • Travel east to exit 758 (Upper Canada Road)
  • Travel south then turn left on County Road 2
  • Travel east 2 km

UPPER CANADA VILLAGE RESTAURANTS

Williard’s Hotel

Open daily from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Full-service restaurant: costumed staff serves a period-style meal or Victorian afternoon tea between 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.

The Harvest Barn Restaurant

Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Full-range food service including deli, salad bar, kids menu, grilled and luncheon specials.

The Village Cafe

May to October: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Light lunches, hot specials, snack and desserts.

Note:

  • All restaurants at Upper Canada Village are licensed to serve beer and wine.
  • Picnic tables are available outside the Village Cafe and Harvest Barn.

SIX TIPS FOR ENJOYING UPPER CANADA VILLAGE

  1. Wear comfortable shoes–the roads in the Village are not paved!
  2. Wear hats and/or sunscreen.
  3. Don’t smoke, eat, or drink in the historic buildings.
  4. Don’t pick the flowers, crops or fruit in the Village and don’t feed the livestock.
  5. Use common sense–the village is a re-enactment of life in the 1860’s–don’t ruin the ambiance with rollerblades, skateboards, bikes, personal stereos, and use caution when taking pictures or videos. (Special advance permission is needed for more complex photographic needs.
  6. Check out their website for their activities calendar. They feature special events throughout the season including demonstrations, community festivities and festivals, travelling minstrel troupes, daycamps, re-enactments and more.

WHAT TO SEE

Experience what it was really like to live and work in the 19th Century. Who needs time travel?! With costumed interpreters and heritage buildings, you can step back in time and see for yourself.

THE VILLAGE STORE

This store provides many specialty items that make memorable souvenirs or gifts. You can buy a wide variety of Canadian crafts and reproduction items that are made by Village artisans. These include tinware, yarn, blankets, dinnerware, toys, and clothes. There is a huge line of books on heritage themes and craft techniques. The food items for sale include teas, spices, jams, marinades, fresh Village bread, and Cheddar cheese made in Upper Canada Village.

THE HERITAGE BUILDINGS

If you follow your nose, it will likely lead you to the Bakery, where freshly baked bread is made twice a day in red brick ovens. They use flour ground from Bellamy’s Steam Flour Mills. The steam-powered machinery there allows the mill to produce flour throughout the year. If food is what you’re after, the Union Cheese Factory is a neat place to visit and see how cheese was made for co-ops of farmers.

Beach’s Sawmill provides all the wood requirements for the village and was usually the first public building built in a pioneer community. The sawmill still produces planks (> 2 inches) or boards (< 2 inches) for use in the Village and for public sale. Blankets and textile goods are made at Asselstine’s Woolen Factory, a small water-powered woolen mill and factory that cleaned and carded wool, spun it into yarn, then wove and folded cloth.

Tradespeople in Upper Canada Village are represented by:

  • the Blacksmith, who made agricultural tools, shoed horses, and repaired and made transportation items like wagons and carriages.
  • the Broommaker, where you can watch a broom being made, check out the machinery and tools, and see the finished products at the Village gift shop.
  • the Cabinetmaker, who was responsible for a wide variety of wood items, including window sashes, cradles, spinning wheels, finely finished furniture and even coffins.
  • the Dressmaker who often looked to France for the latest styles to dress women for special occasions.
  • the Tinsmith’s Shop has practical tin goods for household and farm use.
  • other professionals including a Physician and a Shoemaker

Christ Church where the Church of England congregation saw people baptised, married, and buried. Strong religious faith helped settlers to get through the harsh reality of life in the 1860s. Other areas of religious interest include: the Lutheran Pastor’s Home, Providence Chapel and the Ancient Brethren Masonic Lodge (while not strictly a religious organization, definitely an organization founded on moral teachings).

Farming is represented by Loucks Farm, a large collection of farm buildings where costumed interpreters show typical farming tasks of the 1860s, in the home, the fields, and around the barnyard. Ross Farm is a one-room dwelling that has been repurposed to display the domestic crafts of quilting, needlework and rugmaking. There is also an example of a Tenant Farm to explore.

Other buildings to explore include Cook’s Tavern and Livery, Crysler Hall (now the visitor orientation centre), Crysler Store (a general store and post office), Engine House (the fire engine house that contains the hand-pumper unit called the “Queen”, Gazette Printing Office (local newspaper printed with typesetters), McDiarmid Home (showcase for spinning and weaving of wool and linen), Robertson House (a residence), and an early one-room School House.

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