Special Re-Enactment Events Give Visitors a Unique Look at 1860's Life

    Enjoy 19th Century Social Customs First Hand at Upper Canada Village

    TORONTO, June 24 /CNW/ - Experience 19th century Canadian political and
social life as it really was 150 years ago via a range of "re-enactment
scenarios" that make visitors part of the action at award-winning Upper Canada
Village, North America's premiere living history museum. Guests can enjoy and
learn the social customs of the day by experiencing first hand an 1860s
wedding, funeral, election, fall fair, and even a military battle - all while
taking in the sights and sounds of authentic 19th century life in a recreated
village that has consistently earned both the highest three-star Michelin
Guide rating as well as the coveted CAA gem rating.
    Upper Canada Village is the place to go to truly step back in time and
experience first hand life 150 years ago. Accurate to the smallest details,
the Village contains over 40 restored heritage buildings and employs over 100
trained interpreters who portray a complete range of trades like weaving and
spinning, tinsmithing, blacksmithing, farming with heritage plants,
cheese-making, etc. Every "re-enactment scenario" has been meticulously
researched to be true to the 1860s time period.

    For Summer 2008 visitors can experience:

    Pre-Confederation Days - June 30 to July 4. Join the political debate on
the coming Confederation of the Canadian provinces with Sir John A. Macdonald.
Daily from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m.

    Authentic 1860s Weddings - featuring a range of brides and grooms, all
carefully researched and presented with fine attention to detail, including
handmade wedding finery. All visitors are welcome to take part in the
excitement, witness the ceremony, revel in the festivities, and share in the
wedding cake.

    -  Sunday, June 29 it's a Methodist wedding at Providence Chapel.
    -  Saturday, July 5 it's a Lutheran ceremony at home.
    -  Sunday, July 27 is the social event of the season as the well-to-do
       marry with an elaborate procession of carriages to Christ Church.
    -  Sunday, August 10 sees a "mature" bride giving up her career as a
       schoolteacher to marry a widower and take on the role of wife and

    War of 1812 Re-Enactment - July 12 and 13 weekend. Be amazed by this
special tribute to the nearby Battle of Crysler's Farm, the turning point of
the War of 1812, as hundreds of re-enactors from both sides of the Canada-U.S.
border join in the action. It's a sight not to be missed, especially for
military buffs.

    1860s Election - July 19 and 20 weekend. Sir John A. Macdonald and other
politicians are ready for some serious hand-shaking, baby kissing, and maybe
buying a round or two of drinks for loyal supporters. Be sure to get a land
deed so that you are eligible to vote!

    American Civil War Re-Enactment Weekend - August 2 and 3. The 1860s
American Civil War is the scene as over 40 Canadian and American re-enactors
tell the story of the 50,000 Canadians who joined in the conflict.

    An 1860s Funeral - Saturday, August 23. The circle of life would not be
complete, of course, without the sombre reminder that death was an everyday
occurrence back in the 1860s. Experience this solemn occasion as the Village
buries one of its own, complete with a 19th century service at Christ Church.

    "Journey of Discovery" programs are available daily for guests who wish
to experience life in the 1860s as an actual Village resident. The Journey
includes complete costuming, tour of the town by stagecoach, lunch at historic
Willard's Hotel, and a sitting at the Photography Studio.

    Adult Overnight Live-in Adventures (selected dates) allow visitors to
totally experience 19th century living in costume, where they will enjoy
open-hearth cooking, learning trades and handiwork, singing, dancing, eating
in the tavern, and sleeping on-site. What better way to form your own memories
from the 1860s?

    Long-time Village historian Peter Cazaly spends months each year doing
research and training to uphold these high standards. "The whole rationale
behind a living history site," he said, "is to engage the visitor not only
intellectually but through the emotions and the senses. We bring meaning to
the present by recreating the past and allowing the visitor to experience it
as well."

    Upper Canada Village is operated by the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an
agency of the Government of Ontario. It is now open daily through October 5,
and on Fridays and Saturdays later in October. The Village is located along
the scenic St. Lawrence River, right off Highway 401 (exit 758) in Morrisburg,
just 60 minutes southeast of Ottawa, 90 minutes west of Montreal and east of
    Full details are available at www.uppercanadavillage.com or call
1-800-437-2233 (613-543-4328 locally).

For further information:

For further information: Susan Le Clair, Corporate Marketing Officer,
susan.leclair@parks.on.ca, (613) 543-3704, ext 2461; Peter Cazaly,
Interpretive Training and Research Officer, peter.cazaly@parks.on.ca, (613)
543-3704, ext 2235

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