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Ride In Style This Weekend at Upper Canada Village

Vintage carriages on display July 21, 22 and you can take a ride!

Upper Canada Village will have their extensive and unique collection of carriages on display this weekend plus visitors will have a chance to take a ride. - Photo Courtesy of  Upper Canada Village.

Morrisburg – Our fascination and love of our vehicles of transportation didn’t just begin with the automobile.  No, even when we literally relied on horse power to pull our carriages, we also had numerous styles and models to choose from and to express our sense of style.  Do you know the difference between a brougham and a barouche?  How about which carriage is faster: a barouche or a spider phaeton?  Yes, even in the 19th century we were focused on speed.  Visit Upper Canada Village and you can get the answers to these questions and go for a ride in an authentic 19th century carriage.

The Village will have their extensive and unique collection of carriages on display on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22 from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Guests will be able to sit in the carriages or take rides (from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) throughout the day and learn about these seldom seen historic vehicles.  Plus, there will be historical vehicles on display from the Canadian Museum of Science Technology and other partners, including a Runabout, Light Express, and a Queen Anne Wicker Basket Phaeton.

Other highlights include:
  • ·         PARADE of diverse horse-drawn carriages at 11:00 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday
  • ·         RIDE and have your photograph taken on select vehicles from11:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
  • ·         WATCH the wheel wright demonstration and see the specialized tools of this trade at the Blacksmith Shop.
  • ·         SPEAK with the Cabinetmaker about his work to repair and restore the vehicles.
  • ·         VIEW many 19th Century Notable vehicles such as The Barouche said to have been driven by Sir. John A. Macdonald; the Doctors Gig – both the original and a unique historical reproduction made by Village   artisans and the P.T. Barnum’s Band wagon, a racing sulky and many more!

“Upper Canada Village has a very extensive collection of unique carriages which we bring out for special events such as the wedding.  The new ‘Riding in Style’ event gives us the opportunity to focus on the carriages and to share with our visitors the unique features of the different carriages, their purposes and it will also allow our visitors a great opportunity to go for a ride and experience 19th century travel first hand.” said Dave Dobbie, Manager of Upper Canada Village


Visitors can enter a draw to win a chance to ‘Ride in Style’ in a Pommier Carriage during the 2012 Alight at Night festival.  Entries can be dropped off in the Discovery Centre.


Guests can board a carriage and get a family photo taken in front of Cook’s Tavern for just $14.99 (plus HST) for an 8x10.  The photographer will be on hand from 11:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are Adult (13-64 yrs) $17, Senior (65 yrs+) $14 and Youth (6-12 yrs) $14.  Children 5 yrs and under are FREE.  For more information, call 1-800-437-2233 (543-4328 locally) or buy your tickets online at www.uppercanadavillage.com.

Upper Canada Village is It is located 1-¼ hours southeast of Ottawa (11 km east of Morrisburg), off County Road 2 and 24 km west of Cornwall (Exit 758, Upper Canada Road off Highway 401).


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