A Guide to Time Travel


What if you could travel back in time? Where would you go?

And this isn’t some theoretical exercise. Time travel is real. Or at least, there is a form of it being offered on the north banks of the St. Lawrence River this summer.

In a sleepy corner of eastern Canada two major anniversaries are converging to offer visitors a unique glimpse of the past.

Two hundred years ago, Pride & Prejudice was first published, while a war raged here in North America. The first attracts fans from all over the world, while the second is part of a well-funded commemoration for the War of 1812. Together, the two anniversaries are creating a brilliant world of living history along the St. Lawrence River this summer.

With major events such as the TALL SHIPS® 1812 Tour in Brockville, the Spencerville Heritage Fair, and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, it is easy to see how the past can overtake the present.

There is a catch. This time portal is limited. For just one month alone, from June 14 to July 14, visitors can experience the wonders of life 200 years ago in early Upper Canada.

To help visitors really visit the past, one group has created A Guide to Time Travel.

Built around War of 1812 Bicentennial commemorations and aimed at Jane Austen fans, A Guide To Time Travel showcases some of the best heritage holdings in Eastern Ontario and offers to take people back to Upper Canada in the early 1800’s.

As the guide explains “The beauty of our time travel is that we bring the past to the present, meaning you can enjoy as much modern convenience as you like while visiting our history. Conversely, you can immerse yourself as deeply in our past as you wish: sail on a tall ship, sleep in a canvas tent, fight in a battle, cook period meals over an open fire, or sew your own garb.”

A Guide to Time Travel also offers visitors suggestions on what to wear and how to behave in 1813, helping to build an appropriate historic character with which to jump back in time. Travel isn’t just about going to a place. It’s about experiencing something. Why stop at a passive visit somewhere, taking in the sights but not really immersing in the culture? Time travel is about to change the way we vacation.

The year is 1813. We’re a frontier land on the edge of an ongoing conflict. Tall ships reign our waters. Soldiers guard the land. Women tend the home front, while young ladies swoon over Red Coats.

What role will you play?

Please join us Wednesday, April 3 at 12:00 (noon) EST on Road Trip Radio to learn more about Time Travel and South Eastern Ontario!Great Waterway

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