Upper Canada Village, an awesome historic site depicting life in the 1860s, is only about an hour’s drive from Ottawa. We used to go every year or two when our kids were small, but rarely get back there now that they’re grown. Last night marked an exception to this, and am I ever glad we made the effort!
Once upon a time, the village used to close at the end of harvest season (it’s an actual working village, so they have to get the crops in). Several years ago, however, they started looking for ways to extend their season, beginning with a light festival around the Christmas season (now in its 14th year), and then adding PumpkInferno (started in 2012). And oh, what an addition!
Consisting of nearly 6,000 carved pumpkins (a number which grows every year), the displays run through the entire village, and they are an artistic wonder. Scenes this year included a complete marshland, Noah’s Ark, a sunflower garden, a garden of snails, a tree filled with butterflies and moths, a line-up of cars, a hall of astrological symbols, the old west…and so, so much more. Below are a few of the photos I took (please excuse the questionable quality…I was using my iPhone) — I hope you enjoy! 🙂
(And if you’re in the Ottawa area, this is definitely something you should consider taking in. Details are on Upper Canada Village’s website.)
Given how much we enjoyed the PumpkInferno display, I’m thinking we should make the effort to finally take in the Christmas one as well!