Upper Canada Village Introduces New Breaking Down Barriers to History Weekend

A weekend for people who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or have hearing loss, or who have limited mobility

Morrisburg, Ontario –As a living history site, Upper Canada Village offers a rich multisensory environment.  The smell of bread baking at the Bakery, the sound of the hammer ringing on the anvil at the Blacksmith’s shop, the feel of tangled wool fleece at the Woollen Mill are just a sampling of experiences that make the Village accessible to and fun for everyone.  The new Breaking Down Barriers to History weekend on June 20 and 21 is for people who are blind or partially sighted, deaf or have hearing loss or who have limited mobility.  Activities will allow the Village’s skilled interpretive staff to enrich your visit and cater to your needs. 
Special tours and services will be available all weekend including:

  • Virtual tour of second floors at the Woollen Mill, Grist Mill, Cook’s Tavern, Pastor’s, Crysler Hall,Physician’s, Dressmaker’s and Loucks Farm House
  • Large Print and Braille map available at Admissions
  • All terrain wheelchairs (upon request at Admissions, first-come, first served)
  • Wheel-chair accessible horse-drawn wagon rides:  10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Wheel-chair accessible miniature train rides:  10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

ASL (American Sign Language) and Tactile Tour tours (tours start at the Discovery Centre unless otherwise noted and last approximately 30 - 45 minutes)
10:00 a.m.       Tactile Tour – A 19th Century Textile Factory - Woollen Mill
10:15 a.m.       ASL Tour – A Progressive 19th Century Farm - Loucks Farm, house and garden http://www.clker.com/cliparts/R/2/4/c/O/h/sign-language-interpretation-symbol-md.png
11:15 p.m.      ASL Tour – Meet the Farm Animals – Loucks Farmhttp://www.clker.com/cliparts/R/2/4/c/O/h/sign-language-interpretation-symbol-md.png
11:15 a.m.       Tactile Tour – 19th Century Trades - Blacksmith Shop
  1:00 p.m.       Tactile Tour – 1860s Clothing – Costuming Department
  1:30 p.m.       Tactile Tour – Meet the Farm Animals – Loucks Farm
1:45 p.m.       ASL Tour – 19th Century Taverns, Churches & Homes - Cook’s Tavern,  Christ Church, Robertson Househttp://www.clker.com/cliparts/R/2/4/c/O/h/sign-language-interpretation-symbol-md.png
  2:15 p.m.       Tactile Tour – A 19th Century Kitchen Garden - Loucks Kitchen Garden
  3:15 p.m.       ASL Tour –19th Century Water-powered Mills - Sawmill and Grist Millhttp://www.clker.com/cliparts/R/2/4/c/O/h/sign-language-interpretation-symbol-md.png
  4:00 p.m.       Tactile experience - Meet the Melodeon – Providence Church (Pocket talker available)  


“The different facets of Upper Canada Village make it ideally suited to provide a rich experience that engages all of your senses.  We know that there is an audience who will benefit and enjoy visiting the Village on a weekend such as this where we can heighten the multi sensory experiences offered and maximize access to our heritage site.  Our staff is very experienced in responding to various needs and look forward to this opportunity to share Upper Canada Village.” – Gabriele Thomas, Supervisor of Youth, Education and Domestic Programs.
For group visits, reservations are required and can be made with the Customer Service team by calling 613-543-4328 or 800-437-2233. Companions accompanying a visitor with a disability will be permitted complimentary admission when their assistance is necessary for the party with a disability to visit the site.  All tours and programs are included in the regular Upper Canada Village admission rates.  Group rates are available with a minimum of 15 people.  An extra fee is charged for the Miniature Train ride. 
Questions about the tours should be directed to Gabriele Thomas, Supervisor of Youth, Education and Domestic Programs at 613-543-3704 ext. 2234 or by email gabriele.thomas@parks.on.ca.
Upper Canada Village will be open daily until Labour Day (September 7) and then Wednesday to Sundays from September 9 to 20, 2015.  Entry fees:  adult (13-64 yrs) $18; senior (65 yrs +) $16 and youth (6-12 yrs $12.  Children 5 yrs and under are free.  The Reciprocal program gives a free admission pass for every regular admission purchased.  This pass may be used for a return visit to Upper Canada Village or to Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada.
For event details, times and schedules or to purchase advance tickets, visit www.UpperCanadaVillage.com or call Customer Service at 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (local).


St. Lawrence Parks Commission

13740 County Road 2
Morrisburg, ON, K0C 1X0

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