Take a ride back in time on one of Upper Canada Village’s elegant, vintage carriages which will be on display Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Looking for speed? Test ride a spider phaeton or a surrey.
Interested in something romantic? Definitely try the vis-à-vis or democrat.
Or, close your eyes and imagine you are one of the Province’s early settlers travelling via stagecoach on the King’s Highway.
This weekend event is a once in a season opportunity to get up close to Upper Canada Village’s extensive collection of 19th century vehicles, some rare and unusual and not often seen on site altogether.
Starting at 11:00 a.m. a parade featuring the diverse collection of horse-drawn carriages will travel through the Village.
Guests will be able to sit in the carriages or take a ride from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and learn about these seldom seen historic vehicles.
Visitors can stop by the Blacksmith Shop and see a wheel wright demonstration and the specialized tools of this trade and drop in and chat with the Cabinetmaker about the work done to repair and restore Upper Canada Village’s historic carriages. New this year is a special display in the Discovery Centre showcasing popular vehicles manufactured by the McLaughlin Carriage Company.
While a number of notable 19th century vehicles will be on display, one not-to-be-missed is The Barouche, said to have been driven by Canada’s first Prime Minister Sir. John A. Macdonald. The Doctor’s Gig both the original and a unique historical reproduction made by Upper Canada Village’s talented artisans will also be showcased. Other vehicles will include P.T. Barnum’s Band wagon, a racing sulky and many more.
Visitors can enter a draw to win a chance to ‘Ride in Style’ in a Pommier Carriage (a $90 value) during the 2013 Alight at Night Festival. Entries can be dropped off in the Discovery Centre.
The newly renovated Village Store carries one-of-a-kind artisan-made tinware, woollen blankets, homemade Village fudge, cheddar cheese made right on site in the Union Cheese Factory, flour milled at Bellamy’s Steam Flour Mills and fresh baked bread from The Bakery. The bread is delivered to the store twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., but sells out quickly!
The Village Store also has a great selection of souvenirs, a Candy Shoppe and items made by local craftspeople.
The Café located adjacent to the store serves specialty coffees and teas, baked goods including croissants, croissant sandwiches and other tasty treats.
Riding in Style ticket prices are Adult (13 to 64 years of age) $17, Senior (65+ years of age) $14 and Youth (6 to 12 years of age) $14. Children 5 years of age and under are free. For more information, call 1-800-437-2233 (613-543-4328 locally) or buy tickets online at www.uppercanadavillage.com.