Upper Canada Village set to reopen July 1st

The entrance to Upper Canada Village. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

MORRISBURG —  Upper Canada Village will finally kick off the 2020 season by opening July 1st with guided tours, says the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

Fort Henry in Kingston is also slated to open Canada Day as the SLPC continues to adapt to the health-and-safety realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tours at Kingston venue will be self-guided, with the Senior Ford Henry Guard stationed throughout to offer interpretative experiences.

At both attractions, visitors will observe social distancing, and programming has been modified to provide a “touchless experience as much as possible,” according to the SLPC.

Updated protocols are in place that reflect the latest best practices, the provincial agency says. Staff have been provided “clear guidance and training … to help guests better navigate the historic sites during these changes.”

“We have truly missed welcoming guests to our historic sites,” says Geoff Waycik, the SLPC’s Director of Historic Sites. “Our teams have been hard at work preparing the grounds and adjusting programming to deliver safe experiences at these unique attractions. Although it will be different from past visits, the crowds will be smaller and tours will offer a unique approach to view our sites and create new memories for you and your family.” –

“Ontario offers the world in one province, and Fort Henry and Upper Canada Village are world-class heritage experiences for all ages,” says Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “As we move forward with reopening the province, I encourage everyone to safely explore Ontario’s one-of-a-kind historic sites, and immerse themselves in the rich heritage and history of our incredible province.”

So polish your boots, shine those buttons and follow the aroma of Village bread, SLPC is ready to welcome visitors back for the 2020 season.

The SLPC says you need to know that: 

  • Tickets will be available online at www.FortHenry.com and www.UpperCanadaVillage.com or via phone at 1-800-437-2233 to ensure touchless ticketing and the ability to maintain physical distancing.
  • Map and program guide will be available digitally on above-mentioned websites.
  • Programming has been modified to provide a touchless experience as much as possible.
  • Visitors may bring their own personal protective equipment; gloves, masks, hand sanitizer and disinfectant cleaning products if they wish.
  • Signage onsite will communicate best practices so visitors continue to adhere to best health and safety practices.
  • Enhanced cleaning practices throughout the tour route and restrooms.
  • Keep in mind that upcoming visit will be different than in past seasons. Plan ahead and be prepared. Please see the SLPC’s online FAQ for more specifics: www.parks.on.ca/covid-19-update/

 

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