Travellers taking tours of Ottawa this summer can step back in time to the 1930s by making plans to visit the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum.
- Canada Travel Tips
- Wednesday, 18 April 2012 17:23
Travellers taking tours of Ottawa this summer can step back in time to the 1930s by making plans to visit the Cumberland Heritage Village Museum. Located only a few minutes outside the downtown area, the facility offers guests the opportunity to explore dozen of buildings that depict various features of daily life in this area more than eight decades ago.
Guests can easily spend the whole day at the village checking out all the fun activities and places to see. To start, travellers can choose what type of historical profession they're most interested in, whether it is a blacksmith, fireman, lumberjack or carpenter. There are areas for each of these jobs, complete with old woodworking materials, fire trucks and other artifacts that guests can inquire about from the actors playing townspeople in the village. Classic car fans can head to Watson's garage, which was originally built in 1926 and has been preserved to house a myriad of old vehicles, such as tractors, cars, team engines and bikes.
When the weather is favourable, travellers can take a picnic lunch out by the Bandshell park area, where there is sometimes live music or other special events. Those who visit are also encouraged to peruse the museum gift shop to take home some souvenir postcards or other items for loved ones back home.
If visitors in the Ottawa area want to go even further back in time, they can visit Upper Canada Village, located an hour’s drive south near the town of Morrisburg a few miles south of the city near the town of Cornwall. Travellers can enjoy the sunshine and stroll through the stables, admire the fish pond or take a trip on the river barge. Several of the buildings have equipment and artifacts inside typical found in Canadian villages more than 150 years ago, including old printing presses that had to be operated letter by letter, and laborious mills that turned grain into flour for freshly baked bread. This area is also frequented by actors dressed in traditional garb who are available for guests to ask questions or hear stories about what it was like living in towns like this one.
Learning about Ontario's rich history first hand by exploring some of these recreated villages can be a great activity to try while on holiday in Canada's capital city.