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“A "Gourd"-geous Jack-O-Latern display at Upper Canada Village's PumpkInferno!”

Upper Canada Village
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Step back to the 1860s at Upper Canada Village. The living history village has original buildings and costumed interpreters. Watch demonstrations and visit the Family Activity Centre for interactive fun.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was visiting Ottawa with my family and heard about PumpkInferno on a local tourism site and decided to check it out on opening night and I am glad we did! There are over 7,000 hand-carved, sculpted, pumpkins that are beautifully lit and grouped together to create elaborate sculptures, vignettes and interactive scenes; perfectly set in the backdrop of the UPV's historic pioneer buildings. This being Canada's 150th there were some wonderful creations of pure Canadiana like the Native American display, Patriotic Pastimes like lacrosse, fishing and of course hockey, as well as various scenes of Canadian history. We appreciated how much effort was put into the laying out and crafting of the pumpkin displays which we were told takes months of planning and weeks to set up. Our pumpkin creation favorites were a giant dragon, a musical Elvis "Jailhouse Rock" exhibit, Witches casting spells around the cauldron, an astronaut in a tree surrounded by a galaxy of stars & planets and a dog-sledder under a tree adorned with pumpkin snowflakes. I would recommend giving yourself 1-1.5 hours to stroll and take it all in plus time to stop at the cafe and gift shop. Dress for the weather and purchase your tickets online to avoid the ticket line up because it is a very popular local attraction, and I can see why! Pictures do not do the event justice or show the scope or grandeur of the lantern works of art that must be seen to be truly appreciated.

Thank Jackie M
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Mrs Willard was rocking today but everything was excellent. This is pure happy place. A must do when at the village

Thank Kimberlyrice62
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

My husband and I so enjoyed our guided tour with Mary today--thank you very much! The whole place is surreal, incredibly authentic. UCV has gone above and beyond to create a genuine experience for their guests. It was like being in one of those 'Heritage Moment' commercials from the 90s--very cool. Learned a lot and am excited to see their Pumpkin Exhibit this year!

1  Thank mickey-n-mallory7785
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

This is a wonderful reconstruction and portrayal of our history. all building have working people and equipment to give you the sense of what is what like in that era. Extremely well done and worth the price. A rainy day is NOT the day to visit if you are in a wheelchair, as the pathways get muddy and rutted. Would recommend for all, especially foreign visitors.

Thank jmski
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This place offers a realistic look at what is was like to live and work in the 19th century. It is more pleasant to visit the village on a nice day, as most of the events take place outside. This is a place to unwind and relax.

My wife enjoyed a nice wagon ride, and we also walked throughout the village. We visited most of the buildings, including the village store; and enjoyed a delicious lunch at Willard's Hotel. The food is prepared locally, as it low in sodium. My favorite event was listening and signing along with the musicians at the small outdoor stage, next to Robertson's house.

You are able to rent a 19th century costume, and walk around the village; or ride a miniature train. Upper Canada Village does offer so much to see and do.
We plan to return

Thank Robert F
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