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“Always a Great Time”

Upper Canada Village
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Step back to the 1860s at Upper Canada Village. The living history village has original buildings and costumed interpreters. Watch demonstrations and visit the Family Activity Centre for interactive fun.
Toronto, Canada
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165 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Always a Great Time”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

This is our third visit here as we are history buffs, and we are never disappointed. The grounds are spacious and serene, especially with the water and trees everywhere. The reception staff are very welcoming and informative, (their map is very informative) and each location on the grounds is attended by an enthusiastic resident of approximately 1880! Meet the blacksmith, tinsmith, mill workers, dressmaker, tavern keeper, and the cheese maker! The cheese maker is a natural performer - humorous, informative and able to impart his knowledge in an entertaining manner. His was a memorable experience! There is a full restaurant on site for a sit down meal, but we ran out of time.
A signal tower near the St Lawrence provides a fantastic view! There are also horse and carriage rides and a train that one may ride.
This village has fewer operating establishments than Calgary's Heritage Park - for example, in Calgary their bakery sells actual baked goods of the time, sold by the residents of the time. But Calgary's Park is larger, and is less treed than Morrisburg's. Calgary's has large modern stores at its entrance, and its window in time is a little later than Morrisburg's (about twenty to thirty years later).
A visit here is peaceful and very calming, so try to fit one in when travelling the 401 or when in need of a day trip from Kingston or Montreal.

Visited August 2013
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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91 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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“Great for the whole family”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Wonderful historical village living museum for all the family. We traveled with two children and they want to go back for more. We spent the whole day there and still did not get to see all the houses and artisans. Went on the boat ride and saw the HUGE carp in the canal system, which thrilled my animal loving children.The only disappointment was there was no bread left in the shop when we left.

Visited August 2013
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Montreal, Canada
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53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fun but there should be more animation”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

My husband & I visited Upper Canada Village recently & although we enjoyed ourselves we felt there should be a little more animation. We had a great time visiting the site & seeing how things were done back in the day. We were really happy with the free horse drawn carriage & the relaxing boat ride pulled by a horse! We also had the opportunity to have afternoon tea at the hotel which was really reasonably prices & filling. The staff was friendly & helpful but after about 3 hours visiting the site we had nothing left to see. I think it would be great if they provided you with your map, a list of times various activities were going on. That would have helped better plan our day. Also, a little music on site would have helped.

Visited July 2013
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Syracuse, NY
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Better than we anticipated”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were expecting to spend a few hours in this village, but we spent about twice that. The staff is friendly and enjoy taking time to stop and talk to visitors to explain the operations of what they are doing or the history of the home you are viewing. Its great that it is a working village and they use the products they produce or sell them in the visitor center store. They have a working wool factory, flour mill, bakery, restaurant, broom factory, blacksmith, saw mill, tavern with ginger beer and sarsaparilla. You can take a ride on the boat pulled by a horse or a carriage ride through the village. Definitely worth a trip with the family.

Visited July 2013
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“Great staff, very interesting!”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

We are three twenty-something history buffs who came here on a rainy Sunday. We planned for two hours, stayed for five, and enjoyed every minute of it. Be sure to check out the bakery before 1pm, and have lunch at the hotel restaurant (the rarebit and shandy were super yummy). The staff are friendly and very informative. You'll have a better experience if you chat with them and ask them questions. We will be back for the pumpkins!

Visited July 2013
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