Upper Canada Village’s new fall event Pumpkinferno continued its winning ways in Ottawa April 24, when Ottawa Tourism named it New Company of the Year.
The award category recognizes an event or company two years or less in operation that through its success has stimulated the economy.
Pumpkinferno which was launched in 2012 has certainly done that.
In just two years of operation, not only has Pumpkinferno taken the region by storm hosting almost 75,000 people but it has contributed an estimated $8 million in economic impacts to the region’s economy.
“Over the past three years we have taken a close look at our business operations and have encouraged our staff to be innovative in their approach to developing new visitor experiences. Pumpkinferno is a great example of that type of thinking. Not only does it showcase amazing artistic and creative talents that go into making this such an amazing event, but our business strategy is really solid and surpassing our projections” commented Darren Dalgleish, General Manager & CEO, St. Lawrence Parks Commission.
Festival and Events Ontario recognized Pumpkinferno as Ontario’s Best New Event in 2012 and in November 2013 the Tourism Association of Ontario honoured it with the award for Ontario’s Tourism Event of the Year.
“The Pumpkinferno team exceeded expectations to deliver an event that attracted over 35,000 guests in our first year and then topped that number last fall with over 38,000 visits. We believe we have something special here and it is so gratifying to see this acknowledgement from the tourism community. It was an honour just to be named a finalist in the Ottawa Tourism awards. Our hats are off to the other excellent nominees.” said Geoff Waycik, Manager of Upper Canada Village.
Upper Canada Village gets an early start to the 2014 season opening on Wednesday, May 7.
The South Dundas Community Playground Committee achieved its initial aspirations when the South Dundas Community Playground was built in Morrisburg’s Earl Baker Park in 2011, but the group still has even grander aspirations.
“The ultimate goal would be to celebrate the beginning of summer 2014 with a grand opening for a Splash Pad,” the committee noted in a recent letter to South Dundas council.
To that end, the committee is collecting data from area splash pads in Brockville, Cornwall and Long Sault and pursuing potential funding opportunities.
By this summer, the group hopes to have a report on the timing, construction costs and operational costs for such a project to guide planning and fundraising.
Once the report is ready, the group will begin discussions with South Dundas council regarding use of land, funding contributions and the potential of including a washroom facility.
Under cold and wet skies, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, arrived at the Memorial to the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, at Upper Canada Village, on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013.
Greeted by nearly 700 school children and many local people and dignitaries, the prime minister was in Morrisburg to honour the 200th anniversary of the Battle.
The defeat of US General Wilkinson’s army at Morrisburg in 1813 is widely celebrated as the “battle which saved Canada.”
Joining in the commemoration were 100 members of the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders under the command of their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Rob Duda.
Representatives of historic 1812 regiments, the First Nations peoples, the Voltigeurs de Quebec and the Royal 22nd Regiment (the Van Doos), also participated in the ceremonial laying of wreaths to honour those who fell 200 years ago in the defence of our nation.
The Prime Minister used this historical occasion to announce that the Glens regiment has just received an additional honour.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, Queen of Canada, has graciously consented to serve as the first Colonel-in-Chief of the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Highlanders.”
In his address to the crowd, the prime minister praised all members of the armed forces for their courage and dedication to Canada.
He drew attention to the events of two centuries ago, and their significance in the history of our country.
“Today the Americans are our great friends and allies. But 200 years ago, Canadians stood here against an invasion from the United States…Although outnumbered three to one, Crysler’s Farm Battle was a decisive victory for our forces. This proved again that it is not the size of the army in the fight, but the size of the fight in the army which makes the final difference…And today, it is part of what makes Canada the best country in the world.”