Two World’s One Price! That is the theme running through Parks of the St. Lawrence attractions for 2012 with the roll-out of a new Reciprocal Program.
The new offer (based on a buy-one-get-one of equal or less value principle) aims to boost value to guests with added experiences by providing a free admission to Upper Canada Village with the purchase of a Fort Henry admission – and vice versa. Or it can be redeemed for one of the day-use/beach areas at the campgrounds.
The free visit can be used anytime throughout the regular season for regular day programs at the heritage attractions or at day-use/beach areas at all Parks of the St. Lawrence.
Plus at time of check-in, campers to Parks of the St. Lawrence campgrounds along the St. Lawrence River will also receive two free passes to visit either Upper Canada Village or Fort Henry.
Upper Canada Village is opening this Saturday, May 19 and will remain open until October 7.
Visitors can join in the opening weekend celebrations on Sunday, May 20 as the Village celebrates Queen Victoria’s birthday with music, a militia muster, patriotic speeches, fire engine trials and 1860s athletic games.
The Village will be decorated in an array of colour and patriotisms with flags, bunting and decorations. Guests can even help out with the Village’s ‘Queen’, a hand-pumped fire engine and indulge in a piece of birthday cake.
Other upcoming events include the Heritage Plant Sale May 26-27, Sheep Shearing Weekend June 1-4, Medieval Festival June 9-11 and the Fantastic Fibres and Quilt Show June 16-17.
“The 2012 season is one of exciting rejuvenation for all of our attractions and experiences,” says Darren Dalgleish, CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “The past three years has represented an unprecedented level of investment in our product and visitor experiences of over $40 million dollars.”
“The new Commission-wide reciprocal program and lower admission pricing in some areas will assist in creating value-added family experiences while stretching our guest’s vacation dollars. We clearly have the best attraction deal in the province this season and anticipate it will translate into more eager guests through our gates.”
“Most of our guest experiences are delivered through our staff and professional interpreters,” says SLPC marketing director Bryan Mercer. “They are an integral part of our experience-based products. We’ve launched a new promotional campaign this year centered around visiting our many sites and meeting our front line staff.”
“These are the key people that truly make our guest experiences memorable and become the centre of thousands of guest photographs each year. Our entire team is excited to see just how many guests recognize them from our ad campaign!”
Along with a schedule of themed weekend events and activities, Upper Canada Village is adding some exciting new experiences.
Starting in June, visitors can take a ride in an open air, Vintage biplane in their choice of the Village Tour or the Seaway Tour.
The shorter Village Tour for $79 per person will fly over the Village, Upper Canada Golf Course, Crysler Park Marina and area. The longer Seaway Tour for $120 per person will also take in the Long Sault Parkway, Lost Villages and the St. Lawrence River. The price includes admission to Upper Canada Village and a souvenir scarf. As spaces are limited, reservations are recommended.
Campgrounds – Opening May 18
A number of significant investments have been made throughout the parks system to improve the services and amenities available to campers with all improvements aiming to make the camping experience memorable and enjoyable.
These improvements include: The new reciprocal program; new improved and quicker check-in process to campgrounds on the Long Sault Parkway; New registration buildingis at five campgrounds; over 100 amp campsite upgrades at McLaren campground; new theme playground equipment at several beaches; two new camper cabins at McLarne Campground; new washroom/shower/laundry facility at Ivy Lea Campground
Upcoming events include the ”Thunder on the River” Hydroplane Races at Mille Roches Beach on June 2 and 3.
Camping reservations can be booked online 24/7 or by calling the Customer Service Unit.
Upper Canada Golf Course
With spring arriving early this year, Upper Canada has been open for several weeks already. Conditions are superb!
New membership categories have been introduced which provide great value and flexibility to players of all levels.
A “Pay-as-you-go” membership option for just $250 (weekdays anytime and afternoons only on weekends /holidays) plus $20 per round is the perfect option for someone with limited time or who would like to try Upper Canada before committing to a full membership.
Upper Canada has been selected as the host site for the Canadian Tour professional golf event The Great Waterway Classic in 2013. The Chase the Dream qualifying event for the 2012 Classic will be held at Upper Canada on June 3, 2012.
The clubhouse dining lounge was completely renovated last year and the club has taken over the operation of the food and beverage services and is offering a new menu at golfer friendly prices.
Tee off times can be booked up to 14 days in advance either online at “www.UpperCanadaGolf.com” www.UpperCanadaGolf.com or by calling 800-437-2233 or 613-543-2003.
Crysler Park Marina
Demand for dock space at one of the region’s favourite marinas continues, and Crysler Park Marina recently underwent yet another dockage expansion adding 44 slips plus a 175 foot long finger dock to accommodate larger boats, more transient traffic and seasonal boaters.