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Upper Canada Village Heritage Park, Morrisburg

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Appreciate Life Back Then

What was really apparent while visiting Upper Canada Village was that back then people would share what little they had. This seems like a foreign concept in today’s world. Back then it was common for the baker to make bread for the Hotel. The Flour Mill supplied the flour for the baker. The baker would in turn give fresh bread to those working at the Mill for their meals. The local tavern cook would share any leftover food with the men working with the Broom-maker, and the list goes on and on. If only society was still this way, and everyone was able to share and obtain what they didn’t have.
A visit here is definitely worth it, because after a visit to Upper Canada Village Heritage Park, you are able to find a new appreciation for the way life was back then! [more ]

It Is Really Authentic

Also it is good to mention that even though many of the people in the village were hired to be ‘tour guides’, they are also authentic skilled craftsman who will speak to you as they go about their work. For example, the village baker had formal training as a chef. You can sit and watch them actually work. It was great to see the baker knead the dough and watch it being prepared.

Most of the food and articles made in the Heritage Park is also available for sale in the gift shop such as fresh cheese, freshly baked bread, and the tin cups and lanterns. It was nice to be able to get delicious cheese curds, and authentic cheese that had been made. [more ]

The Schoolhouse and Dressmaker's

Other places worth mentioning a visit to in the Upper Canada Village Heritage Park, include the local schoolhouse where females sat are on one side, and males on the other, or the village dressmaker who would sew the latest fashion. There is a demonstration of the different type of clothes that was sewn back then. The Gazette Printing Office is quite interesting as well to see the printing press that was used in the 1860’s.
Not only is Upper Canada Village a great four-hour history lesson for all ages, but it also shows how different things were back then. From the way people dressed, to the way they worked without electricity [more ]

The Bakery and Cheese Factory

A place that also worth a visit is the local bakery. The bakers produce bread twice a day using a large brick oven that can hold more than fifty to sixty loaves. A good time to visit is when the bakers are ready to open the oven and place the loaves in at record speeds. The aroma of freshly baked bread is mouthwatering.
Like any village back in the 1860’s there is a local cheese factory where the village cheese is made. Back in the 19th century, buying cheese was expensive to the local people who made their own, so the cheese factory made cheese largely for export. Inside you will see large vats making cheese to be sold. [more ]

From Church Street to Queen Street

From Church Street, it is best to make your way onto the second part of Queen Street. The second part of Queen Street is the more sophisticated area of town. It holds the Robertson Home, Crysler Hall, Willard’s Hotel, and the Physician’s Home. The Robertson home was built in the early 1800’s, and shows how the middle-class people lived back then. The style and furnishings of the house are beautiful and it still has the original wallpaper from 1820. Crysler Hall is more elegant, and was owned by a prosperous landowner, who was the son of John Crysler. On John Crysler’s property, the Battle of Crysler’s Farm was fought, during the War of 1812. There is a small museum erected outside of the Heritage Park depicting this. [more ]

Exploring The Village

You should start your walk at the Beach’s Saw Mill located behind the Woolen Factory. Here you will find men dressed in 1860’s clothing using 1860’s methods to cut large thick planks of wood. Water is used to power the Muley saw that they use. As you continue along Queen Street in the Heritage Park, you will come to the Broom-maker’s cottage. Here you will find demonstrations on how to make a good broom using Sorghum and how to properly care for your broom.
To the right of Queen Street in the Upper Canada Village Heritage Park is Church Street, and here you will find an Anglican church that was built in 1837, a pastor’s home, and the local village tinsmith. A stop to the village tinsmith is worth it. Here you will find the tinsmith either making a new lantern or tin cup to sell. [more ]

Queen Street

It truly is a unique experience as you feel you have stepped back in time. After paying, you should pick up a map of the village to make sure you do not miss anything. Many of the people working here would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. You can start by turning left down Mill Street to visit Asselstine’s Woolen Factory and Bellamy’s Steam Flour Mills which uses water to drive a steam engine to grind and sift the flour. After a visit to the Woolen Factory and Flour Mill, you can turn right and walk back to Queen Street. Along Queen and Church Streets in the Village, there are lots of things to see and do. [more ]

Entry Prices

When you arrive into the Heritage Park, make sure and follow the road signs carefully as the park is very big, and the admissions booth can be missed. There is free parking, but there is an admissions payment of $16 cdn for adults or $7.50 cdn for children 5 and over. The Park also has a family discount of 10% off. The Upper Canada Village Heritage Park is open daily from May to October. You can receive more information at one of the largest historical parks in North America, Upper Canada Village recreates a living history of the way things existed back in 1784-1860. [more ]

Living History: Upper Canada Village Heritage Park

If you enjoy 19th century history including the lifestyle and architecture, you will not be disappointed in a trip to Upper Canada Village Heritage Park in Morrisburg, Ontario.
From Toronto, Canada, it is easy to drive there using the 401 East Highway, and it is accessible from upper state New York. Morrisburg is located 96 miles south of Montreal, Quebec.
The Upper Canada Village Heritage Park began in 1958 when the St Lawrence Seaway had to be widened, which would result in villages and towns being flooded. The St Lawrence Seaway separates New York from Canada. In order to preserve the history and heritage of the area, the buildings were removed from where they once stood, and placed into the Heritage Park that opened in 1961. [more ]

Upper Canada Village

Would you like to see how Canada and Canadians looked like and lived in old days? Well, you should go to Upper Canada Village. In this built up village for tourists purposes offers you a tour around the village where you can see old barn, old newspaper office, bakery, houses, mill, flour factory, just almost everything is presented as they were in old days.

The so-called villagers of Upper Canada Village will be wondering around in the clothes and dresses as they used to wear around 200 years ago. There are a couple of horse carriages where visitors to the village could take to wonder around the village. There is also a boat where we can also take to cross the small yet long creek that separates the village and the land next to it. The toy train is something that your kids will definitely love it! I even fit on the seat ha-ha!

I liked my visit to this Upper Canada Village. I could see things happening right in front of me such as when the bakery person mix ingredients to make a loaf of bread, how he treated the dough and bake the bread. The smell inside the old bakery is so sweet! Just like my kitchen when I bake sweet bread ;-) I also went to the cheese factory; unfortunately I am not that tall to be able to see the machines stirring the milk and such, I remember I did not really like the smell in this factory he-he. My favorite would be the pond or small lake near the wood mills, there were lots, big, colorful and healthy fishes underneath; throw a slice of bread or two they will jump out for you!

At the farmer section, there were a couple of GIANT boars; they looked so funny yet at the same time sweet but scary. My husband’s favorite place would be the barn. There were plenty stacks of dry grasses, horses in their stalls, and on the upper level, there were lots of old carriages and we saw rats! Yep, just like real barn would look like for sure ;-)

In a particular house, we could see the ladies cooking foods using fires and big old Dutch oven, in their kitchen. Then when we went to the dining room area, the gentlemen were eating whatever served by the ladies from the kitchen. It was fun to witnesses all these. On the upper level of the house, you will see how the bedrooms look like, the beds, the clothes drawers, the curtains, really as if you were in an old-style movie.

This is a lovely tourist place to go to which you really should see with the whole family because it is so much fun and full with knowledge. There is a souvenir store here and inside you can also buy the fresh breads from the bakery; and there is also a big modern place where there are modern food stalls inside where you can rest after wondering around and relax while you enjoy your lunch. Don’t forget to find the photographer house, here they will dress you like in old days and will take your B & W pictures!

Happy Wondering!

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