Upper Canada Village opens May 21

By Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Upper Canada Village opens May 21
Reenactors at Upper Canada Village.

MORRISBURG – Upper Canada Village will open for its 61st season on May 21.

The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, which owns and operates the attraction, announced the season opening date in a press release on April 12.

The village is largely returning to normal operation after two years of pandemic-restricted activities.

First opened in 1961, UCV is a step back into 1866, one year before Confederation. The village depicts a typical rural village in what became Ontario.

Historical interpreters demonstrate daily activities from the 1860s including blacksmithing, tinsmithing, printing, dressmaking, and rural agriculture duties.

The village features a working water-powered woolen mill, grist mill, and sawmill. Many of the products made at the village are sold on-site.

Many of the buildings at UCV were saved from the villages flooded by the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway in the 1950s. Other buildings at the village were relocated from elsewhere in Eastern Ontario.

The summer season at UCV runs daily from May 21 through to September 18. Tickets are available online beginning April 12 via the agency’s website at uppercanadavillage.com. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended.

The SLPC also offers two fall and winter events at the village – Pumpkinferno and Alight at Night. No dates for those events in 2022 have yet been announced.

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