Upper Canada Village is located at the St. Lawrence River between Montreal and Ottawa – 6 mi. east of Morrisburg – in the Canadian province of Ontario.
During the construction of the locks of the St. Lawrence Seaway some of the buildings of the so-called “Lost Villages” were protected from flooding and rebuilt in Upper Canada Village.
The whole village lives the life of a bygone era around 1860. The dough for the handmade bread comes from the flour ground at nearby Bellamy’s Mills. Like in the old times the blacksmith is working on the open smith’s hearth. The Gazette Printing Office publishes a weekly newspaper in lead type.In the school house the teacher sweeps the floor.
A map of North America of 1866 hangs in the classroom. The agricultural activities including the cheese-making are carried out with the means and techniques available at that time.
The dressmaker is also seems very convincing. Her own creations are based on the designs of Paris fashion magazines like Godey’s. If one listens to her, one feels actually put back into that time.
The shelves in the Crysler Store are filled with goods that were available the time of Canadian Confederation.
Upper Canada Village is open all day from the end of May by the beginning of September. It is a popular destination for adults and children who want to experience the life of the pioneers in the 19th Century firsthand.
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