Two Area Historical Gems Now Open

July 8, 2020

Phase 2 of the province reopening has allowed for both Upper Canada Village and the Cornwall Community Museum to open for tours.

With restrictions on heritage buildings and tourism attractions lifting slightly as part of the provinces strategy to reopen, visitors and residents alike will be able to enjoy 2 of the area’s historical gems.  Although visitation to the heritage sites will be different than in years past, learning about life hundreds of years ago will not go undiscovered.

As the sites adapt to new health and safety measures, the commitment to guests and employee safety remains a top priority. Both sites have updated protocols to reflect the latest best practices, clear guidance and training will be provided to staff and to help guests better navigate the historic sites during these changes.

“Ontario offers the world in one province, and worldclass heritage experiences for all ages,” said 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.

Cornwall Community Museum

Discover the unique history of Cornwall in one of the oldest stone buildings in the community. The Museum tells the story of Cornwall through exceptional photographs, memorabilia and exhibits, right inside a house that was built by the Wood family, one of Cornwall’s founding families.

What Guests Need to Know:

  • Open Saturday and Sunday for Tours, and Thursday’s for research visits.
  • Tours will be offered on the hour from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Groups can be up to 5 people from the same household, or 3 people from different households
  • All will be required to wear a mask and gloves while inside the museum
  • Tours and research visits can be booked over the phone at 613-936-0280 or by email at (booking ahead is recommended)
  • Tours are free, however donations are always welcome

Upper Canada Village

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

“We have truly missed welcoming guests to our 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.” – Geoff Waycik, Director of Historic Sites

What Guests Need to Know:

  • Tickets will be available online at 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 the website.
  • 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 visits will be different than in past seasons. Plan ahead and be prepared. Please see the FAQs for more specifics: