Traveling back in time at the Heritage Festival

Ann McIntyre and Tim Gilbert rest next to the newly constructed general store. It wasn’t completed, but the festival allowed people to get a sneak peek at the village’s newest addition. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Every year, the Petawawa Heritage Village Festival captures what life would have been like in Upper Canada in the late 1800s. Entry to the festival was minimum donation of $5, which helps fund the village’s activities throughout the year. Visitors could watch the blacksmith, or a logger chop massive logs, and kids could play with old-fashioned toys or pet some farm animals. Mechanically inclined folk could appreciate how far the engine has come by watching the hit and miss engine collection, and the important contributions of the Algonquin First Nation were also on the display.