Camel Rides, Horse Rides, Unicycle Jousting, Stilt Walkers and Puppets
Additions to the Festival's Line-Up of Medieval Entertainment
MORRISBURG, ON, June 7 /CNW/ - For three days in June, the St.
Lawrence Parks Commission will once again offer visitors a second
gateway into the past, to a much earlier time and place when chivalry
and revelry were at their best. From June 11 to 13, Eastern
Ontario will play host to its third annual MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL, the
largest event of its kind in Ontario, all set in a re-created
encampment area behind Upper Canada Village.
This year's festival line-up of entertainment is promising to amaze and
dazzle all ages, not only with its ever-popular shows of Jousting
Knights on horseback, falconers, belly dancers, swordsmen, Vikings,
comedy acts, artisans, vendors and more, but with a number of exciting
new features that will make the journey back in time well worth the trip.
Plus, admission to the Medieval Festival is FREE with the
purchase of a regularly priced admission ticket to Upper Canada
Village. Upper Canada Village tickets are just $19.95 per adult, $18.95
per senior, $13.95 per youth (5 to 18 years of age) and children (2 to 4
years of age) are $3.95. Visitors can explore Upper Canada Village, a
heritage attraction famed for its authentic recreation of Upper Canadian
life in the 1860s, and then go further back in time through the Medieval
Festival gate, located in an open field behind Loucks Farm. The
separate entrance area to the Medieval Festival will keep the two
experiences separate and distinct from each other, yet the visitor can
enjoy both for the price of a regular Village visit.
With so much to see and do this year, visitors should plan to spend a
full day and should consider attending the festival one day and the
Village on another. The Passport to the Past Season Pass
provides an economical way to do just that. At just $38.95 per
adult/senior, $23.75 per youth (5 to 18) and $12.95 per child (2 to 4),
the Season Pass offers great savings as it costs less than two visits,
includes season-long parking and offers other discounts on food, retail
and admissions … plus allows for unlimited visits all season long!
NEWEST HIGHLIGHTS OF THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE:
Camel Rides - NEW this year, visitors can now get a
taste of the Middle East in the Middle Ages. A couple of friendly
camels from the Bowmanville Zoo and their trainers will be on site
throughout the festival offering rides for up to two people at a time
(extra fee applies).
Dr. Kaboom's Mini Mobile Circus - Buskers, magicians and other
forms of circus-style entertainment have always delighted visitors at
the Medieval Festival. This year's line-up of entertainment will
include ALL-NEW acts presented by "Dr. Kaboom's Mini Mobile
Circus" including such tricks as juggling, unicycle jousting, Diabolo,
rollo-bollo, fire eating, machete ladder and more.
More Music and Merriment - NEW this year, the Maplewood Ceilidh
Band will be on site Friday, inviting visitors to join in and learn to
dance to the faithfully reproduced sounds of the period, including
Burgundian music. This form of music, replicated from actual
manuscripts discovered from the time, is popular at Renaissance
Fairs. Drums and bagpipes, singing and a fire juggling show by Les
Cornus performers will also add NEW rhythms and upbeat
excitement throughout the weekend festival. Medieval belly dancing
has been a popular hit and will continue to be offered at this year's
"Knightly" Rides on Horseback - The Knights of Valour
will once again be offering dazzling shows of chivalry with scheduled
performances throughout each day. NEW this year, the
Knights will be offering "knightly rides" for children on their mighty
steeds between shows (extra fee applies).
Weapons of War - In addition to a Trebuchet Competition on
Saturday afternoon and life-size trebuchet and ballista
demonstrations, kids of all ages will now have the chance to try their
hand at some "safe and user-friendly" versions of a ballista and
A Banquet Fit for a King - This year's King's Banquet will
offer an all-NEW sumptuous feast of royal fare served up with
heaping portions of hilarity and merriment, and will take place
inside the spacious OPG Community Pavillion at Crysler Park Marina
located a couple of minutes west of Upper Canada Village on County
The Medieval Festival is included in visitor's regular admission price
to Upper Canada Village, meaning visitors can experience two exciting
historic attractions for the price of one. Tickets are available
online at href="http://www.medievalfestival.ca/">www.medievalfestival.ca
or at the gate.
New features of this year's Medieval Festival were made possible with $40,000
in funding through Celebrate Ontario.
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of
Ontario, operates facilities in 16 municipalities stretching from
Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort
Henry National Historic Site of Canada (a UNESCO World Heritage Site),
Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory
Bird Sanctuary and 12 campgrounds and beach day-use picnic areas
including the Long Sault and 1000 Islands Parkways.
Upper Canada Village is located at 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg,
approximately 30 minutes west of Cornwall, 90 minutes west of Montreal
and northwest of Watertown, New York and 75 minutes southeast of
Ottawa and west of Kingston, Exit 758 off Highway 401.
Call 1-800-437-2233 (613-543-4328 locally) or visit href="http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/">www.uppercanadavillage.com
to obtain more information. To order a free Upper Canada Village
Visitor Guide, call 1-800-437-2233 (613-543-4328 locally).
Learn more about the banquet and festival at href="http://www.medievalfestival.ca/">www.medievalfestival.ca.
Learn more about Upper Canada Village at href="http://www.uppercanadavillage.com/">www.uppercanadavillage.com.
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