Thursday, September 15, 2011

Upper Canada Village

Yesterday just after I posted my blog post we got a call from our neighbours wondering if we wanted to meet them at Upper Canada Village. Sure thing! The weather was perfect for an afternoon visit.

Upper Canada Village was developed using buildings that were moved because of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project that was undertaken in the 1950s. It is meant to represent life in Upper Canada in the 1800s. Many of the buildings have character actors that are in period costume, busy at tasks representing life of that time. They even have programs for children so that they can be involved in village life. The characters give a commentary and answer questions about what life was like. That, combined with the beautiful setting make for an interesting and delightful few hours. I highly recommend a visit if you are in the area.

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We had a wonderful afternoon wandering through the buildings, looking at the gardens and admiring the farm animals (there were even some piglets in a pasture). The wagons with Canadian Horses trotting through the village gave additional charm. It was such a beautiful afternoon with just a few picturesque clouds in the sky. By visiting in the late afternoon we missed the busloads of school children and tourists making for a more leisurely visit. Okay, I know I’m gushing but it was just so darn nice out, and the setting is so lovely…

Before we left we made sure to visit the store to purchase a few loaves of bread made in the village bakery using flour ground at the mill. We rushed back to the camper to cut a few thick slices and slathered them with butter, strawberry jam and cheddar cheese that was also made at the village. Ummm, ummmm good! I think we’ll drop back in before we head home for a few bags of the whole wheat flour.

Upper Canada Village