Upper Canada Village celebrates 50 years on June 25

June 24, 2011

Upper Canada Village

Upper Canada Village is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a community focused celebration on Saturday, June 25 starting at 1:30 p.m. 

Games, music, a parade, entertainment by the Maple Leaf Brass Band, 1960s style band The Edsels, free anniversary cake, special souvenirs and other activities will all be part of the festivities.  And for one day only, the Village will offer a special 1960s general admission of $5 per person.  Children 4 years of age and under are free.

"This is our golden anniversary and we are thrilled to share it with the community," said Upper Canada Village Manager Dave Dobbie. "Our 50th promises to be a great day of fun and entertainment for visitors and with the special $5 general admission price, it will make it possible for everyone to join us."

The schedule of activities includes:

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. - The Fabulous Edsels perform near the Harvest Barn
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - The Travelling Tiltons, Upper Canada Village’s own entertainers and musicians present their brand-new show at Cook’s Tavern
  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - The Maple Leaf Brass Band performs in front of Crysler Hall, before, during and after the parade and speeches
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Parade featuring entries by community partners and Upper Canada Village will wind their way through the streets of the Village. 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Welcome and Speeches along with an unveiling of panels showing five decades of Upper Canada Village highlights and the grand opening of the stunning new exhibit at Crysler Hall.
  • 2:45 p.m. – onward - Entertainment and refreshments.  Guests can tour the Village and Crysler Hall and enjoy a piece of anniversary cake and glass of lemonade. 
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. - The Fabulous Edsels perform near the Harvest Barn

Entertainment will feature an 1860s  to 1960s flair.  Performances by the 25-piece Maple Leaf Brass Band and Upper Canada Village’s brass band will follow the ceremony.  Plus guests can continue the festivities and get in the spirit of the 1960s with performances by the Edsels at the Harvest Barn.

With the opening of the new Upper Canada Village Discovery Centre in July, the space in Crysler Hall has been completely remodeled from top to bottom.  As part of the anniversary celebrations, visitors will have the opportunity to view the impressive new exhibit of 10 stained and painted glass windows produced by the famous 19th century glass painter Harry Horwood.  Also on display is the beautiful Crysler Memorial Window, dating from 1865.  It was donated to the now demolished St. John’s Anglican Church in Crysler in memory of Colonel John Crysler by his wife.  In 1992 the window became part of the Upper Canada Village collection and will now be featured inside the former home of John Pliny Crysler, eldest son of Colonel John Crysler.

QUICK FACTS

  • Upper Canada Village officially opened on June 24, 1961.  Since its opening, Upper Canada Village has welcomed more than 12 million visitors through its gates.
  • Having gained world-wide acclaim as one of the finest restoration projects in North America, the Village continues to be an important tourism attraction in both Eastern Ontario and the Province of Ontario as a whole with an estimated annual economic impact of over $40 M.
  • Upper Canada Village will operate seven days a week from May 21 to September 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  From September 6 to Village closing on October 9, Upper Canada Village will operate five days per week (Wednesday to Sunday) from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The Upper Canada Village Discovery Centre will open in July 2011.
  • 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 (and 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 Parkway.

 

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