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“Winter theme at Upper Canada Village great for the kids”

Upper Canada Village
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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.
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“Winter theme at Upper Canada Village great for the kids”
Reviewed January 1, 2010

Usually Upper Canada Village is not open during winter. However, during the Christmas season the Village hosts "Alight at Night" from 4:30-9:00 p.m. My young kids enjoyed the wagon ride, the train ride and visiting the bakery (we bought two fresh loaves). The village church was open, anyone could walk in and join the Christmas caroling. The lead singer (very nice lady) would take requests from a 30-page song sheet, signal the pianist and everyone chimes in. The sun sets at 5:00, however there are about 200,00 Christmas lights strung up in the trees and on the buildings in the village. There is a sound and light show where the lights in the trees flicker to the beat of Christmas songs. The kids enjoyed a hot chocolate in the gingerbread house. Also, there was a gingerbread house competition where about 15 creations were on display and visitors could vote for the best house. All of the houses were way beyond anything I could make at home! We also visited the general store which included a cafe and a pantry section where visitors could buy bread and cheese. There is also a small skating rink. I had brought skates for everyone, but by 8:00 my kids were too tired. This event is quite popular - even as we were leaving, people were lining up to buy tickets.

I would definitely recommend this attraction to anyone with young children (3-8).

Thank CriCriFischer
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London, United Kingdom
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“Really enjoyable day out”
Reviewed August 18, 2008

Upper Canada Village is a small town that is still set in the year 1866. The staff, other than those selling the entrance tickets are all dressed in period costume and provide information about what life was like in this region of Canada in the 1860s.

The town consists of some 40 buildings, all of which have been preserved inside and out to appear as they had in 1866. The village is still functional, indeed food is still grown in allotments, livestock kept, butter and cheese made and so on, all made in the village, using traditional equipment and techniques.

All of the staff working in the village itself are in period costume and have immense knowledge of what life was like in the 1860s. They know how much an ox would have cost and what studies children would have undertaken in the schoolhouse.

Quilts and other items are still made in the village and can be purchased from the gift shop, along with the butter and cheese already mentioned.

When in the village you really feel as if you have stepped back in time. I have never felt so immersed in something like this before. It was like stepping into the set of Anne of Green Gables or Little House on the Prarie, albeit these were slightly different time periods.

The restaurant is excellent with a very wide choice of hot and cold foods with both healthy options and shall we say treats available. The food prices were very reasonable too, not at all extortionate like food in UK attractions.

I really can't describe how much my family enjoyed the time we spent in Upper Canada Village so it is one to visit if you are in north-eastern Ontario.

Entrance to the village was very reasonable and outside of the village itself there are some very attractive and well maintained grounds.

6 Thank stevef862
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Ottawa, Ontario
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“A wonderful place”
Reviewed August 3, 2008

The previously posted review by Sudriveraine is excellent, so there is not much I can add. I have been to a number of these historical villages in various countries and in my opinion, Upper Canada Village ranks up there with the best. What makes Upper Canada Village so special is the people "living" there and going about everyday tasks in between their explanations to visitors. For example, the saw mill cuts wood that is used to repair the buildings, the blacksmith shoes the various horses and repairs hinges etc, and the broom maker really does make brooms (you can buy them at the store).

For those who want even more period immersion, the village offers programs where you can spend a night or longer, eating period food and dressed in period costumes. I haven't done any of these, but I understand they are vary popular.

Thank Philip080
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Travel Back in Time”
Reviewed July 10, 2008

Upper Canada Village is one of my favourite attractions in Ontario. It is a village depicting life in Ontario in the mid 19th century, created using mainly buildings used during that period that had to be moved at the time of the St. Lawrence Seaway's construction. (A few of the buildings were built from scratch on site).

Period-dressed interpreters are on site "living" and performing tasks as they would have in the nineteenth century; everything is done the traditional way. There is a water powered mill grinding flour, a factory treating wool and making blankets out of it, and a carpentry shop where someone makes furniture by hand. There are gardens and a farm with all sorts of animals in it. There is a cobbler's shop and two churches and a school. A hotel and a general store and a bakery (selling freshly made bread) and even a masonic lodge. The ladies are quilting or cooking, the gentlemen are sawing wood or gardening; in one word everyone is doing his or her part for the community.

A thorough visit to the village easily takes a whole day. I find it is best to bring water, wear a hat and apply lots of sunscreen if you visit in summer as you will be outside a lot of the time, and not always in the shade either. (Of course nothing is air conditioned as we are in the mid 19th century). You can buy period meals onsite at their hotel, or "modern" meals at the cafeteria. You are also welcome to bring your lunch (they have outdoor picnic grounds). There is plenty of free parking. There is also a pretty rose garden (on the other site of the parking lot) and the site of the battle of Crysler farm (which I haven't visited yet) is nearby.

5 Thank Sudriveraine
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