• This weekend Upper Canada Village is hosting their annual 1860's Fall Fair.
  • The village invites visitors to travel back in time to life before all the hustle and bustle.
  • Try market goods like fresh-baked bread, cheese and more for only 50¢!

While Canada may have just celebrated the 150th year since confederation, the reality is there have been communities across these lands for much longer. And knowing or local history means better appreciating how far we've come and all we have to be grateful for.

Just west of Montreal, you'll find a place that does just that, while showcasing all the amazing history that exists around us.

Upper Canada Village lets you travel back in time to when Ontario just began and surround yourself with local history while strolling through over 40 heritage buildings and pastoral landscape.

And this weekend, things are about to get extra special, as Upper Canada Village is set to put on their annual 1860s Fall Fair.

The Fall Fair is an opportunity to try market goods like fresh-baked bread, cheese, preserves, pies and more while being amazed that they were all made using historical recipes and techniques.

Check out all the fun to be had this weekend below!

Throughout the fairgrounds, there will be an array of shows, including musical acts, magic and games for the whole family.

While surrounded by the world of the 1860s, you can take in the livestock exhibitions and agriculture that was cultivated using historic practicecs, including "dairy products, vegetables, flowers" and even fine arts.

If that isn't impressive enough, you're also invited to try the Village Fair treats, from fresh apples to "Village-baked bread, Village made cheese, cider, lemonade and fudge."

The best part? It's all available for a mere 50 cents per serving!


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If you are an artisan yourself, you can even apply to be a part of the fair and sell your own goods! The only catch? They need to meet the 1860s Fall Fair guidelines, meaning your art, preserves, handiwork or other items must comply with the historical practices of the time. Now that's a challenge! 

But, of course, most of us will be there just to take in the sights, smells and sounds of this unique little piece of history, tucked away on the St-Lawrence River.

Notable activities include listening to the Brass Band, succumbing to illusion at the hand of magician and medicine man Steve Baker, children's games and races, a Grand Quilt Show and more.

For a full schedule of activities in French and English, click here.

Another fun way to participate in the weekend is the Upper Canada Beard Championship, and yes you've read that correctly. If you head to the fair on the 15th you can submit an application to participate in the beard competition that day at 1 p.m.

1860s Fall Fair Weekend


What: An immersive historical Fall Fair just outside Montreal

Where: Upper Canada Village, 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, ON

When: Friday & Saturday, September 14th & 15th, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

Cost: Adults prices are $22 per person, children under 4 are free. Student and youth prices available, check the link below.


For full details and to purchase tickets, head to the Upper Canada Village website here.

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