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Montreal Families

Upper Canada Village hosts Medieval Festival

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have lived more than 100 years ago? If so, you can experience this time in history thanks to Upper Canada Village, a place with more than 40 historical buildings and costumed interpreters who educate and entertain families about life in the 1860s.

Located about an hour and a half drive from Montreal, the village hosts several activities throughout the year and its annual Medieval Festival is happening on June 7, 8 and 9. Visitors get two experiences for the price of one: they can visit Upper Canada Village and enjoy the festival, making for a day packed with entertainment.

During this lively weekend, visitors can see a colourful cast of medieval re-enactors, musicians, buskers, artisans, falconers, archers, merchants, and even jousting knights dressed in full armor. The event will also include mini-stages, livestock quarters, and a “weapons of war” demonstration. There will also be many other children’s games and activities as well as a medieval marketplace.

Schools interested in bringing their students can do so on June 9, for the Medieval Festival Education Day, which will pay tribute to warriors throughout ancient civilization from Greece to the medieval era. Students will learn about the history, architecture, culture, weaponry, values and daily life, and will get to see a jousting tournament. The program, geared to kids in Grade 4, includes many hands-on workshops, music, dance, comedy acts, and cooking demonstrations. A minimum of 15 students is required and tickets cost $8.65 each. The public is welcome to visit the festival on education day, although the site will be very busy.

Individual tickets for the festival, which includes admission to Upper Canada Village’s daily program, cost $20 for adults (13-64 years), $17 for youth (6-12 years) and seniors (65+ years). Entrance is free for children under 5 years old.

Upper Canada Village is located at 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, Ont.

For more information, call 1-800-437-2233 or visit uppercanadavillage.com.

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