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AWARD WINNING PUMPKINFERNO OPENS AT UPPER CANADA VILLAGE OCTOBER 1, 2015


Eleven new exhibits and the return of the Fiery Dragon
 

Morrisburg, Ontario – Upper Canada Village’s award-winning fall event Pumpkinferno is getting ready to enchant visitors once again this fall with the addition of 11 new themed exhibits.  The creative and artistic event will be open on select nights starting Thursday, October 1 until Sunday, November 1, 2015.  Visit www.Pumpkinferno.com for exact dates and times.
 
Recognized as Best New Event in Ontario, Tourism Event of the Year and as one of Ontario’s Top 100 Events, Pumpkinferno is a unique blend of artistry, imagination and ingenuity featuring thirty exhibits created from 6,000 intricately carved lit artificial pumpkins.  Highlights of the new exhibits this fall include an all new Fish of the St. Lawrence water exhibit, the Pumpkin Planetarium, Biodiversity Butternut Tree and the Three Sisters exhibit.  The Three Sisters exhibit is sponsored by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne in partnership with the Native North American Travelling College (NNATC).  The artwork was designed by Victoria Ransom of NNATC and carved by the Pumpkinferno team.  And back by popular demand and with an all new vengeance is Pumpkinferno’s infamous fiery dragon! 
 
A new family activity area, Pumpkin Park will be located in the fairground and will be the perfect place for families to stop for a break.  Café Inferno, a new giant ‘pumpkin shell-ter’ will offer Eerie Entrees, Bewitching Beverages and Deadly Desserts.  This area will also feature a special Painted Pumpkin Art Gallery featuring the artwork of 1,000 local schoolchildren from grades Kindergarten to Grade 8 from the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.  Other activities will include a new PumpkinDoodle chalkboard where families are encouraged to create their own doodle or artwork.  The Pumpkin Perfect Portraits area will feature some past Pumpkinerno characters and ideal stop for photos.  Youngsters and the young at heart can stop by a display to measure how tall they are … in pumpkins!
 
“A priority for our teams is to continue to develop and deliver exceptional special events and visitor experiences that will draw visitors from near and far to Eastern Ontario.  Once again our team has worked their creative magic with new themes and amazing artwork on display at Pumpkinferno.  This year we have created a family zone where you can stop and take a break partway through your tour.  We’ve also added some fun ways that visitors can leave their mark at Pumpkinferno such as the new PumpkinDoodle area.  A great option and deal for visitors is to buy a combo ticket to see two of Ontario’s best fall events – Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village and Fort Fright at Fort Henry in Kingston.” -- Geoff Waycik, Manager, Historic Sites, St. Lawrence Parks Commission
 
The evening of Wednesday, October 14 is set aside exclusively to accommodate groups of people with physical disabilities so they can ride in their own vehicles to view Pumpkinferno. Only ‘special needs’ vans or parabuses will be allowed.  Coaches and school buses cannot be accommodated.  Upper Canada Village will provide a staff person familiar with the Village roadways in the dark to lead the vehicles through the site.  Admission to tour on this night is $11 per person (plus HST).  Reservations are required and may be made by calling Customer Service at 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233.
 
Visitors can start their visit with a pre-tour dinner at historic Willard’s Hotel Reservations for early seatings, which start 2 hours before the gates open, are required by calling 613-543-0660. During Pumpkinferno hours, reservations and walk-ins are accepted as space allows.  The Harvest Barn Restaurant will also be open during regular Pumpkinferno hours for dining after dark! Reservations can be made for early pre-tour dinners which start 1 hour before the gates open by calling 613-543-0660. Both Willard’s Hotel and The Harvest Barn are licensed for beer and wine.  The Upper Canada Golf Course Restaurant located just across the road from Upper Canada Village will also be open during Pumpkinferno.  Groups and individuals are welcome.  Reservations can be made by calling Stephanie at 613-543-2035. 

 
2015 PUMPKINFERNO OPERATING DATES & HOURS
 
Thursday to Sunday, October 1 to 18th 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Monday, October 12 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22 to Saturday,October 31 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 1 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended for anyone wishing to gain express entry and avoid lining up for tickets.  A $1.50 per ticket administration fee is applicable to all online ticket purchases.  Pumpkinferno tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.UpperCanadaVillage.com.  Prices:  Adult (13-64 yrs) $14, Senior (64 yrs+) $12, Youth (6-12 yrs) $10 and children 5 years of age and younger are free.  All prices are plus HST.

PURCHASE A COMBO TICKET AND DOUBLE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT VALUE!  This fall take in two of Eastern Ontario’s best events and purchase a combo ticket to Fort Henry’s Fort Fright and Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno.  Both events are sure to give you an adrenaline rush …. but for entirely different reasons!  Combo pricing is general admission $27.  Or visit Pumpkinferno this fall and return in December to Alight at Night (Upper Canada Village).  Combo pricing:  Adult (13-64 yrs) $25; Senior (65 yrs+) $21; Youth (6-12 yrs) $17.  All prices are plus tax.

Pumpkinferno is the recipient of Celebrate Ontario event funding.

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St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0
Tel: 1-800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328
getaway@parks.on.ca

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