The domestic animals of the Village are everywhere. You see horses, pigs, chickens, cows and many more animals at Upper Canada Village. You will also see huge carps in the canal that's flowing through the village. Do not feed the animals unless they let you feed em with the food they provide. I had a chance to milk a cow and than feed the fresh milk to the babies.
They also use animals for work. These include horse carriges and a boat that is pulled by a horse. The cows give milk and the sheeps provide wool.
Please visit my "Animals" travelouge for more animal images. It's worth it!
You see people around and in the village working and serving tourists. None of these people are dressed in a 20-th century clothes. You see these folks in homes, schools, on wagons, taking care of animals and just walking around or welcoming the visitors.
Everyone I asked to pose for a picture was glad to do so and gave us a smile. very friendly folks and always give out detailed and interesting information about the village and the work they do (did) a long time ago.
They explain how life was back than and how a particular profession or trade was handled. How much was the wage and how hard they had to work every day in a village like this.
Please look up my Village people travelogue for more images of the local folks.
What is a "Tow Scow? It is a boat pulled by a horse or horses. There is a canal flowing along the side of the village and you can get from one end to the other on this boat.
It leaves several times a day. (Not when it's raining) and it is totally free, once you are inside the village. Long time ago local folks used these type of freight boats to carry cargo on them, and not people. Now it is only used for carrying people and it's pulled by a horse on a canal. At the beginnings, it was pulled by a steam boat up and down the St Lawrence river.
It is very interesting to see how people in the old villages used tools to perform various tasks like taking care of animals, the land and making food or other goods they needed in their every day lives. I also toke a few pictures of these tools. Most of them are located in the Village tools travelogues. Please check it out!
I kind of know what the tools are used for but couldn't tell you the names of all. You go, take a look and figure. Might know better than me. :) On the image you see a doctor's tool kit that was used during the North American Civil War.
The tinsmith is actually working in his shop and as you enter the house, you smell fire and all kinds of different odors as the tin melts and molded together. There are many items on display in the other room, right besides the working room. ( see picture ) Those are products, tools and tin accessories he makes out of tin. He is molding the plates together and creates kitchen tools, cans, toys and many different kinds of merchandise.
He made a whistle for my son in no time, just by folding a small piece of metal sheet. Great experience for the children. The tinshop is a must when traveling to the Village with your kids.
I know, when you look at this image, you would think it's only an old barn. Yes it really looks like that. In reality it's the Union Cheese Factory. It is a working cheese factory with working tools and it does produce real cheddar cheese.
When we visited the place, the production was off for equipment maintenance. We still talked to the person who normally works there and toke a picture of him and inside the room. please see the Village people travelogue for the image. It is possible to purchase the cheese made in this factory by going into the store, located outside of the village entrance, on your left hand side.
The Gazette Printing Office is very unique in it's own way. if you have never seen a printing office before, you might be surprised of what you'll see in here. Don't imagine a shop full of printers, like the Xerox room at your work! Everything was done by hand and each & every letter had to be put together on large printing plates every single day.
The apprenticeship in the office was four years and the student's parents received a dollar per week after their son's work.
You will see folks working inside and assembling articles by using metal letter heads.
"Visitors to Upper Canada Village can take the opportunity to visit the Gazette Printing Office and see traditional printing activities and to read the local (Gazette) which reflects the life and times of the 1860s. "
Do NOT touch anything in there! Chances are you get stained with ink and the park will not pay for your damages!
Bellamy's Steam Flour Mills is located near the entrance, right behind the woolen factory.
It is a fully functional mill that produces real flour, ready to bake. There are three levels. The top level where the wheat gets poured into large containers and it is slowly flowing down in tubes to the middle floor where the huge stone grinders make flour out of it. The basement is where they stored the flour and raw materials. This is where you'll see the cooling mechanism of the machinery which powers the entire mill.
Very original and fully operational. Noisy and you see belts and wheels moving everywhere.
Real fire, real bakers, real bread. Yes, everything is real about this bakery and the folks (bakers) working inside are also real. The smell in there is wonderful and you see flour and bread crumbs all over. very original. Making bread is this bakery is very labor intensive and requires a lot of time. The bread you see on this image is still baking in the brick oven, on hardwood fire.
It is possible to purchase the bread from this bakery or outside, in the store for $2.99 Cdn / a 2-Lb loaf. Please enlarge image to really see the bread!
Grab the nipples, Squeeze the nipples and do it all over. yes, there is a certain way you have to squeeze the nipples of the cow to get milk out of them. When it works well, than you can try with two hands. Not a easy as it looks.
First: The cow moves back and forth
Second: The cow keeps wacking you with her teal. On the image you see the guy holding her tail. Three: The cow will not give milk when she is stressed, so you have to calm her. You also have to make sure you don't hurt her during the process.
There are two milking a day. One in the morning and one in the evening. The one in the evening is at 4:00 PM. We attended that. The freshly gained milk goes to the babies. You see me feeding a baby cow in one of my animals travelogues. This activity is very interesting and can be extremely fascinating for those never tried before. (I did) :)
STEP OUT OF YOUR WORLD ...
Escape to another time and place, amidst the sights and sounds of an 1860s village. You'll meet loads of friendly folk from the past as you visit over 40 heritage buildings including mills, trades shops, farms, churches, homes, factories and even a one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon and boat rides, shopping, food and family fun.
Upper Canada Village, it's out of this world!
Price is 17$ adult (is many but the village is with living animals and persons)
NO open in the winter!
Upper Canada Village is a retro-park where you can see life as it was more than a hundred years ago. The park is a great place to teach kids some history, and interesting in it's depiction of the past.