Time Travel http://www.timetripper.ca Top Secret Vacations Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:54:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 An Introduction http://www.timetripper.ca/an-introduction/ http://www.timetripper.ca/an-introduction/#comments Sat, 02 Feb 2013 01:12:12 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=38 Travel isn’t just about going somewhere, it’ [...]

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TBscientistlandscapeTravel isn’t just about going somewhere, it’s about experience. Why stop at a passive visit to a place, taking in the sights but not really immersing in the culture? Time travel is about to change the way we vacation!

Here along the north shores of the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada, we’ve been developing a new way to travel – back in time.

For just one month alone – as the time portal is limited – you can experience the wonders of life 200 years ago in early Upper Canada.

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 in 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.

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 homefront, while young ladies swoon over Red Coats.

What role will you play?


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Why Time Travel Now? http://www.timetripper.ca/why-time-travel-now/ http://www.timetripper.ca/why-time-travel-now/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:25:02 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=43 This time portal is limited. Opening only through the c [...]

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electionsThis time portal is limited. Opening only through the cosmic consequences of a momentous year’s passing.

What’s more, this temporal gateway will close after just one month. Opens June 14 and closes July 14.

The situation is unlikely and must be met with an open mind. Time travel can only be achieved by those who truly wish to jump into the past.

The successful time traveller never lost his love affair with childish imagination. To her the greatest adventures were those enjoyed in youth. A fanstasia reflected on a reality not fully understood.

It is a state known as faction, where fiction and fact have blurred together and become one. The occurance is rare, particularly among adults. The more so as it must be met in such innocent expectation that almost any possibility can become reality.

There are infrequent occassions that increase the likelihood of time travel. Such an aniversary is upon us.

Converging this year are the bicentennials of both the publishing of Pride and Prejudice and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, an action that saved Canada from American occupation.

Any fan of Jane Austen can tell you how rich is the world of Pride and Prejudice.  Thanks to numerous film adaptations, based on a descriptive and moving text, the Regency period isn’t just imaginable, it practically lives and breathes. What girl woudn’t want a chance to meet Mr. Darcy in all his historic finery?

Whereas the historical anniversary of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm is, literally, bringing 1813 into the future. Through provincial and federal funding, the St. Lawrence region is able to mark the bicentennial with a series of events that will evoke the past.

Combined with our historical setting, in a picturesque region of wild Canadian scenery, any visitors wishing to experience the past will be able to time travel.

Channel your inner Eliza Bennet or Mr. Darcy and jump back into the past of Upper Canada.

It is really more a question of how far are you willing to go?

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Build Character http://www.timetripper.ca/build-character/ http://www.timetripper.ca/build-character/#comments Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:03:41 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=1 Time travel largely depends upon you. Are you the sort [...]

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TBBuild2Time travel largely depends upon you. Are you the sort of character that belongs in 1813?

Fortunately, character is something you can build – and we have ways to help you do that.

The Spencerville Mill’s Heritage Fair is a Regency wonderland, offering participatory workshops aimed at helping you experience history, all set in a charming historic village.

From June 21-23 enjoy workshops that take you back in time. For Napoleonic aspirants we offer workshops on Duelling, Dying in Battle and What Honour Meant in 1812. For the Regency ladies, try Period Cooking or How to Become an Accomplished Lady.

The authors of Napoleon and the Empire of Fashion will be on hand to share first-hand knowledge of period clothing.

And the English Country Dance Weekend and Regency Ball in historic town hall are the social events of the season. We expect Mr. Darcy and his entourage to be in attendance. Will he find your eyes fine?


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Enjoy Canadian Culture http://www.timetripper.ca/enjoy-canadian-culture/ http://www.timetripper.ca/enjoy-canadian-culture/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2013 02:09:10 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=62 In between interactive programming, our region offers y [...]

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TBCultureIn between interactive programming, our region offers you a rich history for experiential immersion.

Visit historic Homewood Museum, one of the oldest homes in Ontario, near Maitland.

See the hull of a gunboat that patrolled the St. Lawrence during the War of 1812 at Fort Wellington in Prescott.

Learn about the Battle of Crysler’s Farm and pioneer life in the region at Upper Canada Village.

Or try firing a canon at a tall ship at Fort Henry’s new discovery centre.

These are but a sampling of our region’s museums and historic sites. From model tall ships to endless stone architecture, the St. Lawrence is a heritage gem.

Just an hour’s drive north you’ll find Canada’s capital, Ottawa. In the midst of your time travel, take a weekend to celebrate the birth of our country on July 1, with the biggest party in the nation.

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Take to the Sea http://www.timetripper.ca/take-to-the-sea/ http://www.timetripper.ca/take-to-the-sea/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2013 01:54:35 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=57 Beginning with the first port of call on the TALL SHIPS [...]

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TBsandyBeginning with the first port of call on the TALL SHIPS™ 1812 Tour  Brockville will come alive with the arrival of historic sailing vessels. Evoking the navy of the period, Brockville will recall its port history with rum, sailors and vivacious company June 14-16, 2013.

Eleven ships and an array of historic vessels from the Clayton Antique Boat Museum will all descend upon historic Brockville. With the addition of the Thousand Islands Wine and Food and Jazz and Blues Festivals, this is a blockbuster event not to be missed.

Beware of Naval recruiters. South of the St. Lawrence River Americans are quite literally up in arms, purportedly, over impressment of their citizens into the Royal navy.

Likewise rumours abound of military recruiters tricking young men into taking the king’s shilling  If someone offers you a free mug of ale, mind there is no coin at the bottom!


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Follow a Flotilla http://www.timetripper.ca/follow-a-flotilla/ http://www.timetripper.ca/follow-a-flotilla/#comments Wed, 02 Jan 2013 02:10:10 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=69 In the fall of 1813, the Americans attempted to take Mo [...]

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In the fall of 1813, the Americans attempted to take Montreal. As one army marched overland towards Lower Canada, a larger 7,000-man army moved down the river in a flotilla of boats towards their objective. British land and naval forces harassed the Americans continually. A force of First Nations warriors under Lieutenant Charles Anderson of the Indian Department, joined the forces pursing the Americans. The Americans then landed near Prescott. 

As commander of the 21-gun sloop Royal George, Commander  William Howe Mulcaster (1783-1837) participated in the naval actions on Lake Ontario during 1813. Beginning on 6 November, Mulcaster’s “mosquito fleet” of two schooners, six gunboats and several bateaux cooperated with Lieutenant-Colonel Joseph Morrison in the pursuit of the American army that was heading for Montreal. 

The aggressive Mulcaster used his vessels to transport Morrison’s men and harass American boats, while his gunboats provided fire support during the battle of Crysler’s Farm. 

A delaying engagement at Hoople’s Creek on 10 November, allowed the defenders to evacuate supplies, desperately needed by the Americans, from Cornwall. 

The next day’s Battle at Crysler’s Farm would impact Canada forever.

On November 11, 1813  the American rear-guard was defeated at Crysler’s Farm, forcing them to abandon their offensive against Montreal. British dominance of the river was complete.

A group of re-enactors from across Ontario will be bringing the historic flotilla  alive, recreating the 1813 pursuit of General James Wilkinson’s American army by Lt Col Morrison’s detachments and the River Flotilla of Captain William Howe Mulcaster, RN.

The re-enactment flotilla will consist of up to nine armed longboats and two tall ships, including the Brigantine Fair Jeanne and the Schooner La Revenante. Both ships are based in Eastern Ontario. 

The Flotilla will depart Bath on July 8, arriving at Crysler’s Farm on July 13:

  • The flotilla will depart Bath on the morning of July 8 and arrive Gananoque that evening.
  • Depart Gananoque morning July 9, arrive Rockport in evening.
  • Depart Rockport morning July 10, arrive Brockville in evening.
  • Depart Brockville morning July11, arrive Prescott in evening.
  • Depart Prescott morning July 12, arrive Upper Canada Village in evening.

The Flotilla re-enactors will also particpate in all three battles at the Crysler’s Farm Re-enactment weekend, portraying Royal Navy gunboats as they harried the  American invading fleet of gunboats.


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An Artful Affair http://www.timetripper.ca/an-artful-affair/ http://www.timetripper.ca/an-artful-affair/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 03:00:26 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=89 And if playing a part fatigues you, take a break and le [...]

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And if playing a part fatigues you, take a break and let someone else time travel for while.

Opening July 13,  the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival will launch a specially commissioned play. Maid for a Musket, a new comedy by Lucia Frangione, follows the antics of soldiers in 1813 Prescott.

Tasked with constructing Fort Wellington, the men swear off wine and women for a whole year in order to better themselves. Their plans are complicated with the arrival of some very attractive women.

The play is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost, and combines laughter, history and song with fun for all the family.

Enjoy the St. Lawrence River as a backdrop in the festivals picturesque, open-air amphitheatre.


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Court a Red Coat http://www.timetripper.ca/court-a-red-coat/ http://www.timetripper.ca/court-a-red-coat/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 02:28:09 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=83 Recreating the battle that saved Canada, the 200th Anni [...]

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TBRedCoatsRecreating the battle that saved Canada, the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm will involve hundreds of re-enactors.

If you share Mrs. Bennett’s mindset on soldiers then the Battle of Crysler’s Farm is your marriage market.

Wander the sprawling camps of British (and American, if you dare) soldiers July 13-14 and enjoy the company of many a red coat.

Following a dusk battle re-enactment in Upper Canada Village, enjoy an English Country Dance with your favourite gentleman in uniform.

A special one-time affair, the Netherfield Country Ball celebrates 200 years of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.  While we cannot promise that pigs, as Miss Caroline Bingley most fears, will suddenly run across the dance floor, the evening will be most diverting and period appropriate.

Upper Canada Village is a testament to living history. The buildings housed there are mostly original and some date back to 1813, having been moved there from around our region. The roads are dirt and the sidewalks wooden, for complete immersion nothing spurs time travel quite like the Village.

If more gentlemen in uniform is your calling, a special Militiary Tattoo at Two will be performed in honour of the bicentennial on June 30 at the Lost Villages Museum.

In between events follow our tour A History of Red Coats, with numerous heritage sites in honour of these fine men.


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What to Wear – Women http://www.timetripper.ca/what-to-wear-women/ http://www.timetripper.ca/what-to-wear-women/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 02:00:43 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=634   “Fine taste in apparel I have seen the com [...]

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“Fine taste in apparel I have seen the companion of pure morals, whilst a licentious style of dress was as certainly the token of the like laxity in manners and conduct.”

The Mirror of the Graces, A Lady of Distinction


Regency and Napoleonic dress for women is quite becoming on nearly every shape of body.

And Readers be warned, with easy-to-sew gowns, dressing up for time travel is an addictive prospect. Few ladies have found that one dress is at all sufficient.

Women’s fashion during the period was marked by a style known as the Empire waist. This raised waistline sat just under the chest and was popularised by Napoleon’s bride, Josephine. The principle advantages of this style to a lady’s figure is that it accentuates all a woman has to offer at the top, while conveniently covering any flaws below.

fashion10To achieve the proper look stays are a must. The empire waist of the Regency is slightly higher than in subsequent incarnations. After a certain age a woman can only achieve this with the support of proper undergarments. 

As a rejection of the tight corsets and impractical hoops of the previous generation, Regency dresses highlighted a more natural silhouette.  And for some scandalous upper class ladies, particularly on the continent, this meant revealing as much of the natural bodyline as possible. Techniques included dampening petticoats so as to cling to the body, at least until some of the upper crust contracted pneumonia as a result.

fashion19Here in Upper Canada, styles were more subdued and practical. While high fashion surely made it into port cities, such as Montreal, and trickled inwards, the climate and realities of life in early Upper Canada impacted styles of dress.

The most striking difference between dress for fashionable and working classes was the fabric. As the empire waist gown is simple to construct, copying it posed little challenge to any accomplished seamstress. With little money and incredible self-reliance, most women in early Upper Canada not only sewed their own clothes, but also spun their own fabric.

Thus, any empire waist dresses found along the St. Lawrence in 1812 would more than likely have been made from a linsey-woolsey, a coarse plain-woven fabric of either a linen or cotton warm and a woollen weft, rather than a light muslin or silk.

Fashionable and wealthy Canadians aside, women in early Upper Canada would likely have been apt to dress more warmly than their European counterparts, covering the neckline with a chemisette or a shawl.

The average women in 1812 might have had one working gown for every day and a fancier outfit for church, which likely began as her wedding gown. With few houses keeping maids to dress women, most fashion would have consisted of front closing dresses, such as the bib-front.

Some older ladies might have clung to the Loyalist fashions of 20 years before, sporting a fuller skirt, separate matching top and scarf over the neckline.

fashion12All married woman would venture into public with covered heads – except to a ball. Head coverings included a mop cap, bonnet or straw hat.  Options for formal hair dressing included turbans, hair bands and plumes. Curls were the height of fashion, and women bound their locks with rags to achieve the right look.

“The best chosen dress is that which so harmonizes with the figure as to make the raiment pass unobserved.”


  • Butterick 6630 Making History  – An easy pattern with a great solution to closing the back, the sleeves should be decreased to be period appropriate.

  • Simplicity 4055 – A simple dress with two sleeve and bodice options.

  • Rocking Horse Farm Gown with Calf Length Overdress – A period appropriate pattern with fuller skirt, most flattering for ladies of a certain stature.

  • Simplicity Elegant Lady’s Closet – A wrap gown for the Regency fashionista, the pattern can be challenging to follow.

  • Circa 1796-1806 Lewis & Clark Era Front Closing Gown – Great option for a working woman, more conservative and practical than both Butterick and Simplicity.

  • Period Impression 1812 Bib Dress Pattern – For the experienced and patient seamstress, this pattern is period and working class appropriate, while still pretty.





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Every Savage Can Dance http://www.timetripper.ca/any-savage-can-dance/ http://www.timetripper.ca/any-savage-can-dance/#comments Tue, 01 Jan 2013 01:01:12 +0000 TimeTripper http://www.timetripper.ca/?p=732 As Mr. Darcy states to Sir Lucas in Pride and Prejudice [...]

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TTL DanceAs Mr. Darcy states to Sir Lucas in Pride and Prejudice ”every savage can dance.” Thus we are all without an excuse when failing to partake. Even the poorest performer can take to English Country Dancing. As a teacher once shared, “if you can walk, you can dance.”

Our time travel portal will feature two period balls – neither to be missed!

English Country Dance Weekend

Spencerville • June 21-23

A recent addition to the English Country Dance circuit, the Regency Ball in Spencerville is held upstairs in the village’s historic, stone town hall. Featuring two workshops and a period ball, the weekend appeals to both beginners and experienced dancers seeking heritage charm. The aim each year is to host a ball with as little instruction as necessary. To that end the local group begins practicing dances as early as January and makes a list of dances and steps available to distant travellers. David Smukler is again calling in 2013, and Playford Players will provide live music. The cost per person is $60.

English Country Dance Weekend

Upper Canada Village • July 13

A special one-time affair, the Netherfield Country Ball celebrates 200 years of Jane Austen’s classic novel, Pride and Prejudice.  An addition to the biggest War of 1812 re-enactment in the region this year; the Bicentennial of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm, the Netherfield Country Ball will be called by Michel Landry with live music by Rufty Tufty. The ball is free. Period dress is strongly encouraged, but civilian spectators will be welcomed. 

The Duke of Kent’s Waltz

Knowing at least one dance makes any ball that much more fun. Below are the steps and a video to the Duke of Kent’s Waltz a popular English Country Dance played at many events.


1794 • Duple Minor – Triple Meter, 3/4 time

Preston’s Twenty Four Country Dances for the Year 1794

The Steps:

A1     Right hand star all the way around, then left hand star.

A2     Ones join hands, slowly chasse’ down the center two steps, then chasse’ twice again back up to place (12 counts) Ones large cast down while the twos lead up.

B1     Each couple take’s partners right hand, balance forward, then back. Partners change places, with the smaller dancer turning under the other’s arm. (Couples are now ‘improper’). All switch to left hands. Repeat the balance forward -back – turn under sequence.

B2     All turn the person to their right diagonally by Right Hand once around (the woman at the top and man at the bottom will stand out for each diagonal turn). All turn by Left Hand once around to finish.


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