Events and happenings within a two-hour drive of the city
Upper Canada Village: 50th Anniversary
Morrisburg, June to October
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Upper Canada Village, and to celebrate, they’ve had a makeover. The Upper Canada Discovery Centre features a brand new 8,000-square-foot structure designed to fit with the existing Village Store. Artifacts, interpretive visuals, and state-of-the-art multimedia exhibits portray the people, history, and stories of early Upper Canada, including Iroquoian life and the settling of the area by United Empire Loyalists. Key exhibits feature the Battle of Crysler’s Farm during the War of 1812, the role of the St. Lawrence River, how everyday life evolved during the 19th century, and the eventual flooding of the villages and creation of the Seaway, which led to the establishment of Upper Canada Village. $20.95, seniors $19.95, students $13.95, children $11.95, under five years $3.95. 13740 County Road 2, Morrisburg, 613-543-2233, 800-437-2233, www.uppercanadavillage.com.
Tour du Lac-Simon-BMR
Chénéville, Quebec, June 5
Cyclists choose from four routes that will take them 25, 45, 75, or 110 kilometres. This year features a new 18-kilometre circuit designed for the extreme mountain biker. The first edition of this expedition attracted 150 participants in 2007. This year organizers are expecting 1,000 on this scenic tour. Ticket cost includes dinner and a snack. $30, children $15, family (two adults, two children) $75. 85, rue Principale, Chénéville, 819-428-3583 ext. 33, www.letourdulacsimonbmr.ca.