Upper Canada Village showcases old fashioned transportation



    
    RIDE BACK IN TIME ON 19TH CENTURY PENNY FARTHING BIKES, COACH CYCLES
           BUILT FOR TWO, HORSE & OXEN-DRAWN CARRIAGES & TOW SCOW

     PLUS --- 14th Annual Antique Car Show rolls into Village on Sunday,
                                  August 16
    

    MORRISBURG, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - Visitors looking to "transport themselves
back in time" will find no better place this summer than Upper Canada Village
in Morrisburg, Ontario, just 45 minutes south of Ottawa. The Village now has a
complete range of old-fashioned modes of transportation for visitors to try,
part of the Village's efforts to offer hands-on activities as guests learn
more about life in the 19th century.
    Visitors can also explore the Village's Transportation Museum, where they
can learn about the progression of various modes of travel, housed in one of
the barns at Loucks Farm. The museum has a fascinating collection of historic
vehicles, including a 19th century hearse and two Penny Farthing bike
artifacts. While exploring the rest of the Village, visitors will be able to
witness the transportation and community life of a 19th century rural
community in action.

    New -- Penny Farthing bikes - both two and three-wheeled versions

    Visitors can try manoeuvring reproduction Penny Farthing bikes, the late
19th century-style bicycle, seated high above (helmets provided). The Penny
Farthing earned its name because its large front wheel looks like a British
penny leading a smaller farthing coin (the tiny back wheel). As the
two-wheeled Penny Farthing replica can be quite a challenge to ride, there is
a three-wheeled version on hand to make the experience easier for visitors to
try. Cost to rent the Penny Farthing is $5. Visitors can rent a Penny Farthing
at the front gate of the Village, but rides will be offered outside the
Village during the Antique Car Show on August 16.

    New -- Classic Coach Quadracycle Carriages

    Also new and just in time for the Antique Car Show, the Village is now
offering rides on a new "Classic Coach Cycle", a quadracycle custom-built in
the style of an old-fashioned carriage. This eye-catching, eco-friendly and
healthy form of transportation is fun to ride, and visitors can take it for a
half-hour or full hour tour around Crysler Park for $10 or $15 respectively.
The Classic Coach Cycle is constructed from two adjoined bicycles, with a
fibre-glass carriage-style canopy overhead, and a seat for a child in the
back.

    New this summer -- Oxen Cart Rides

    Children 12 and under can hop onto a wooden wagon being pulled by the
Village's own gentle giants, "Buck and Barney." These oxen cart rides are only
$3 for a short trip around the farms.

    New this summer -- Pommier Carriage Rides in Style

    A favourite of Alight at Night, the Pommier Carriage can now transport
visitors in style throughout the Village. Delight to the royal treatment or
your own covered horse-drawn carriage for only $10 per person for up to four
riders.

    Kids' Favourite -- The Miniature Toy Train

    Visitors can take in the beauty of the St. Lawrence River as they hop on
board the Toy Train for a round trip through Crysler Park to Crysler Beach and
back. Round trip fare is only $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for youths and $2.50 for
children.

    Horse-drawn Carry-All Rides for All

    All visitors can tour Upper Canada Village on a horse-drawn carry-all,
FREE to all visitors. This large covered wagon provides comfortable seating
for up to 20 people at a time, and is the ideal way of getting from one end of
the Village to the other. Rides run regularly throughout the day, and are
included in the Village admission fee.

    Horse-Drawn Tow Scow Rides

    Ride at a more leisurely pace on the horse-drawn tow scow along the
Village canal. Seating up to 60 people at a time, the tow scow is a flat
hulled barge that is drawn along the canal several times each day by a horse
walking along the bank. Two villagers (one at the bow, and one at the stern)
help steer the scow using long poles.

    Voyageur Canoe Experience -- A Step Back in Time

    For a very special experience sure to be a lasting memory, guests can
book a Voyageur Canoe Experience. This replica canoe seats up to 20 and
provides a unique view of the St. Lawrence River via its informed interpreter
guide. Trips are booked on an as-needed basis, with a minimum of 12 persons
needed to man the canoe. Call 613-543-3254 for booking information.

    Antique Car Show -- SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 ONLY

    Over 500 vintage vehicles On Sunday, August 16, Upper Canada Village and
the Cornwall Olde Car Club will be presenting the 14th annual Antique Car Show
from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The show will feature a collection of antique and
classic cars from a variety of clubs throughout the region, alongside a
special display of 19th century wagons and carriages. These vintage vehicles
will be on display for public viewing west of the Toy Train just outside the
entrance of the Village. Owners of antique or classic cars are welcome to
participate in the show; registration will take place from 8:00 a.m. until
12:00 noon for a fee of $10. The first 300 cars to register the day of the
event will receive a collector car plaque.
    Visitors will also be able to participate in the Spectator's Choice Award
throughout the day and a number of different trophies will be awarded at a
special ceremony at 3:00 p.m. Admission to the Antique Car Show outside of the
Village is FREE.
    Upper Canada Village is one of Canada's foremost award-winning living
history attractions, featuring more than 40 heritage buildings on 100 acres
along the St. Lawrence River. Considered a "gem" by AAA/CAA and the recipient
of the "highest distinction" 3-star rating by the Michelin Travel Guide, Upper
Canada Village immerses guests in 19th century life, with more than a dozen
demonstrated trades, a working 1860s flour mill and bakery, cheese-making, and
heritage farming, including 19th century plant varieties, as well as Canadian
horses and Berkshire pigs, both rare breeds.
    The St. Lawrence Parks Commission's new Gimme5 Value Vacation Card offers
"staycationers" even more values - visit the website at www.GimmeFive.ca and
download a card for FREE and get up to $50 in savings with $5 off 10 different
St Lawrence Parks Commission experiences, including Upper Canada Village and
Fort Henry attractions.
    For more information, call 1-800-437-2233 (613-543-4328 locally) or visit
www.uppercanadavillage.com.

    Operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the
Government of Ontario, Upper Canada Village is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to
5:00 p.m. from May 16 to October 11. It is located on Couth Road 2, at Exit
758 off Highway 401, in Morrisburg in the newly designated UPPER CANADA
REGION. The Village is just 30 minutes (24 km west) of Cornwall, 45 to 60
minutes southeast of Ottawa and 90 minutes west of Montreal. The Village is
about 75 minutes east of Kingston and easily accessible to the U.S. from
numerous bridges along the St. Lawrence River corridor.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Jancis Sommerville, Upper Canada Village
Marketing Officer, jancis.sommerville@parks.on.ca, (613) 543-3704, ext 2495

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