Touring Upper Canada Village is a magical experience, transporting you back in time to the 1860’s. A key part of the experience is the authentic buildings that make up the village, the activities that each housed, and of course, the people who lived there.
Founded in 1961, Upper Canada Village is one of the largest living-history sites in Canada. Here, we endeavor to depict life in a rural English Canadian setting during the year 1866. Featured are over forty historical buildings, many moved here prior to flooding of the “Lost Villages” during the St. Lawrence Seaway development project. These include homes, functioning mills and trades workshops.
Traditional farming techniques are demonstrated through the growing of heritage vegetables and raising of heritage livestock breeds. Ornamental gardens throughout the village feature flora fashionable in the late Victorian era. Weavers, spinners and dressmakers demonstrate traditional handiwork. Aspects of late 19th-century social life, music, religion and politics are discussed and demonstrated by knowledgeable staff dressed in clothing of the period. Also offered are educational camp programs allowing children to experience everyday life in 1860’s Canada.