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Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario

August 20th, 2012 No comments

Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario (Location)

We had some visitors from the U.S earlier this week so spent some time visiting the Upper Canada Village located between Cornwall, Ontario and Morrisburg, Ontario. I have been there a few times in recent years photographing the seasonal lights but this was the first time in quite a while that I had visited the village in daylight hours without snow on the ground. (Previous Upper Canada Village posts)

In the past year, the new entrance has been completed and provides access to the Village properties as well as to a new museum-style group of displays. This year, the displays focus heavily on the events of the war of 1812-14 which impacted this area directly when the Americans crossed the St. Lawrence River and battled with the locals, the natives and the British at Crysler Farm. The village itself reflects a period of time closer to the mid 1800’s but with this being the bicentennial of the War of 1812-14  Canada and with the Fall of 1813 marking the bicentennial of the actual battles at Crysler Farm, there is more than a normal emphasis on the events of the 1812-14 period. Read more…

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Upper Canada Village – The Asseltine Woollen Mill

August 20th, 2012 No comments

Upper Canada Village – The Asseltine Woollen Mill

The Asseltine Woollen Mill was one of the buildings that I visited and photographed extensively during a recent visit to the Upper Canada Village located west of Cornwall, Ontario. The Woollen Mill is one of many 1860’s vintage buildings on this historic site. To see the other buildings and activities visit our website entry: Upper Canada Village.

The Asseltine Woollen Mill was moved to the Upper Canada Village location in 1957.  Prior to that, it had operated from 1828 until the 1930’s on the banks of Mill Creek in Ernesttown Township near Kingston,Ontario. At the Village, it now continues as a functional water-powered woollen mill providing a look at mill activities as they might have appeared in the 1860’s.

As visitors enter the mill on the main floor, they are greeted with the smells of the raw wool process and can examine both the bins of uncleaned wool as well as the washing vats where the wool would have been cleaned before being set out to dry.

As I wander around places like this, I am always intrigued by the signs and the rules that were in place in that time and place. Read more…

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario – a second visit.

December 18th, 2010 1 comment

Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario – a second visit.
Driving from Ottawa to the Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, Ontario, Jeremy and I opted to take the more leisurely route along the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Jeremy and I formed the Flickr Ottawa group of two for this outing. Weather conditions and last minute Christmas commitments had whittled the group size down quickly.

We found Mr. And Mrs. Claus in a parking lot in Cardinal, Ontario. A jolly couple, but apparently Santa wasn’t sure where he had parked his reindeer. They seemed confident that their transportation would be found, so off Jeremy and I went to see the lights of Upper Canada Village.
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Ottawa to Morrisburg – a bit of snow and a few stops

December 18th, 2010 No comments

Ottawa to Morrisburg – a bit of snow and a few stops
The weather forecast said that the weather would be nice in Morrisburg so when Jeremy and I left Ottawa we weren’t expecting to encounter any tough sledding during the drive to get there. Mother Nature decided to test us a bit with a bit of a snow squall when we approached the junction of the 416 and the 401 highways. We decided to avoid the 401 and take the more leisurely route along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, stopping for a few photo breaks along the way. I was happy that the snow squall didn’t follow us and we were soon away from the adverse weather.
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More gingerbread creations – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

December 1st, 2010 1 comment

More gingerbread creations from our visit to the opening night of the “Alight at Night” display at Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario (November 27th, 2010)

The winning entry roamed away from the more traditional gingerbread house theme and created a Santa’s toolbox that looked like real varnished wood until you got up really close to it. Excellent use of icing colours and 3D texturing made the final product look very convincing and certainly impressed the judges as well as the public.
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2010 Gingerbread Competition – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

November 30th, 2010 No comments

2010 Gingerbread Competition – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

In addition to the fantastic light display outside, there was also a great display of entries to the 2nd annual Gingerbread competition inside of the Crysler Hall. The competition rules were fairly simple – maximum size of base was 2 ft by 2ft, commercial kits couldn’t be used, food ingredients only (i.e. no styrofoam, wood , plastic or metal supports or framing), and gingerbread being the primary building ingredient.
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A few more “Alight at Night” images from Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

November 30th, 2010 No comments

A few more “Alight at Night” images from Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

For previous selection of images see Christmas Lights – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario


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Christmas Lights – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

November 28th, 2010 7 comments

Christmas Lights 2010 – Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

My wife and I traveled down to Upper Canada Village near Morrisburg, Ontario for the opening night (November 27th) of the Alight At Night Festival at Upper Canada Village. (LOCATION) No snow on the ground yet but I am sure that that will arrive any day now.  Temperature was about -3C and only a light breeze was blowing, so wandering around the well illuminated streets made for a pleasant evening.


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2009 Ottawa Flickr Group outing to Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

December 20th, 2009 No comments

2009 Ottawa Flickr Group outing to Upper Canada Village, Morrisburg, Ontario

Although there was a bit of a line-up at the admission wicket when we arrived, a member of our group had arrived earlier and purchased a batch of tickets for the group so only a small number of the group needed to stay in the line to get tickets. The temperature was not all that cold during the day but as the sun set, the cold air off of the expanse of the St. Lawrence River certainly made for some cold fingers pretty quickly especially when gloves had to be taken off to manipulate the tripod or the camera controls.


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