What’s the difference between a brougham and a barouche? What’s faster: a surrey or a spider phaeton? What’s more romantic: a vis-à-vis or a democrat?
You can find out more about the fascinating history of horse-drawn vehicles and get a chance to ride in one yourself at Upper Canada Village’s ‘Riding in Style’ weekend July 19-20.
This event gives the Village the chance to showcase 19th century transportation at its best with a special selection of carriages from its collection.
Visitors will be able to catch a ride in the Surrey, Brougham, Low Spring Democrat and the Pommier Carriages.
Other vehicles that will be in the 11 a.m. parade will include the P. T. Barnum Band Wagon, Barouche, Trap and the High Spring Democrat.
Various historical vehicles with different uses on display for Riding in Style weekend will include the Hearse, Doctor’s Gig, McLaughlin’s Carriage and Racing Sulky.
Rides will be offered from in front of Cooks Tavern from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m..
“We have a wonderful collection of carriages, a mix of reproductions and originals that are very representative of transportation during the 1860s,” says Geoff Waycik, manager of Upper Canada Village. “When our guests are able to sit in the carriages and take a ride in one, it really brings them closer to the time period – and enjoy our modern day amenities a bit more. We welcome the opportunity to share our collection with our visitors.”
Also participating in the Riding in Style weekend will be the Eastern Ontario Pleasure Driving Society and the Eastern Ontario Miniature Horse Club.
The Pleasure Drivers will be at the Village on Saturday, July 19 and the Miniature Horse Club will be at the Village on Sunday, July 20 – both from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Members of both groups will perform driving demonstrations, greet visitors and discuss their vehicles, equipment, clothing and horses and will speak with all interested.
The driving will take place in the large mall area directly in front of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Monument and National Historic Site (just west of the main parking lot) . Displays will be situated beside the front entrance to Upper Canada Village.
With the Reciprocal Program all visitors who purchase an admission will receive a complimentary pass to return on another day or to use to visit Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada. It’s Ontario’s Best Vacation Deal!