Sunday, July 30, 2017

DesTination Village Québécois d'Antan

My Little Angel at North Hatley Farmers Market
A quick stop for picnic supplies before we visited Le Village Québécois d'Antan!
Le Village Québécois d'Antan boasts that their little village will take you back in time in Québec from 1810-1930! On paper, this village seems to be similar to Upper Canada Village located in Morrisburg, Ontario. At just under an hour from Sherbrooke or just over an hour from Montreal, this is a fun and generally inexpensive trip away from home for families and motorcyclists alike. The village is actually quite sweet but also boasts several modern conveniences that will suit folks who don't mind losing some of the authenticity found in other parks like Upper Canada Village. For families and bikers alike, there is even a sprinkler park to help cool you off. If you arrive early you'll also have the sprinkler park to yourself. There are also various concession stands selling cotton candy, ice cream and soft drinks and other modern amenities. If camping is your thing, there is also a camp site that shares a borderline with the park so that you can visit through the camp site as well for an additional, albeit rebated price. This blog is picture heavy so enjoy the journey!

There is enough to do at the park to spend a good five to seven hours!
So pack a picnic! 😄

Breaking with the illusion, you and your kids get to take a train ride! 😎

Having a ride in a classic car will cost $5.00 per person and is NOT included in the entrance fee.

Apparently they have several cars but this was the one used today!

This fella seemed allergic to interacting with folks. lol

Oldest lap - designed in the 1600's.

Loved This Cabin!

I don't want to say anything negative but unlike Upper Canada Village where the employees actually stay in character and in fact are literally doing jobs that are appropriate for the era with which they are depicting, the employees at Village Québécois d'Antan don't necessarily share the same work ethic. Part of the latter problem stems from the fact that modern life somehow creeps its way through every now and then breaking the illusion that Upper Canada Village manages to maintain throughout it's park. Thus, Le Village Québécois d'Antan feels more like a quaint theme park at times but that is not to say it isn't worth the visit. Just take everything with a pinch of salt and instead, enjoy the beauty of it all... and maybe have Google Translate on hand if your not comfortable speaking French.

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  1. Looks like a beautiful place to visit and spend the day none the less. Lovely pictures.

    1. Thank you Mr. Hart and yes, it's the perfect day trip! The sprinkler park works even for bikers looking to escape some of the warmer weather we have been having of late. ;-)