PUMPKINFERNO - New & Enhanced Exhibits ... New Tour Route!!

Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of now close to 6,000 hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village. Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters, cultural icons and more .... all carved from pumpkins!

This mesmerizing installation of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins is a not-to-be-missed event for ALL ages!! See for yourself why Pumpkinferno has earned "BEST NEW EVENT IN ONTARIO" designation by Festival and Events Ontario, "TOURISM EVENT OF THE YEAR" by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario and "NEW COMPANY OF THE YEAR" by Ottawa Tourism.

Group rates are available for groups of 20+ people and must be reserved in advance.  Group rates are not available on Friday and Saturday nights or on Thanksgiving Sunday.  All members of the group must arrive and proceed through Admissions at the same time.  Please contact the Customer Service team for more details.  Call 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328 (locally) or email getaway@parks.on.ca.

Watch Pumpkinferno on CTV Ottawa Morning Live.


2014 Dates of Operation

OCT 03- OCT 05 7:00pm - 10:00pm
OCT 09 - OCT 13 7:00pm - 10:00pm
OCT 16 - OCT 19 7:00pm - 10:00pm
OCT 23 - NOV 01 6:30pm - 10:00pm

NEW this year! 

The Village will set aside an evening - where groups of people with physical disabilities can ride in the comfort of their own vehicles to view PumpkInferno.  Wednesday October 15th, 2014.

Only "special needs" vans or parabuses allowed - no coaches or school buses, please.  For everyone's safety, we will provide one of our own trained and licensed staff who is familiar with the Village roadways in the dark, to lead these vehicles through the site.

Admission to tour the Village when part of "Special Needs" group is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for seniors and youths (plus HST).  Reservations must be made ahead, by calling 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328.

2014 Admission Fees

Adult (13-64 yrs) $13.00
Senior (64 yrs+) $10.00
Youth (6-12 yrs) $10.00
Child (5 yrs & under) Free


*Buy tickets online to receive express entry during your visit.

Watch CTV's Regional Contact coverage of Pumpkinferno 2012.

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The Story Behind the Pumpkins

The carved pumpkins you will see at Pumpkinferno are realistic, artificial pumpkins, whose forms have been shaped from molds of real pumpkins. The pumpkins have been designed and carved by a talented group of young artists from the Eastern Ontario region. These designers and carvers were selected based on their penchant for design, whether in his/her field of study or as a personal hobby. They embarked in May of 2012 on this monumental project, designing, carving, and constructing the amazing array of pumpkin-carved installations you will discover on your tour. This spring and summer, a group of these designer/carvers returned to create all that you will see that is new and vibrant, added to our collection of exhibits, at this year's event!

Hear a testimonial of a behind-the-scenes visit to see the team at work in our inaugural year ...

Once again, Upper Canada Village will also be featuring the artwork of regional school children, with hundreds of their handcarved REAL pumpkins showcased each week in a special "Young Artists Pumpkin Patch"! Click here for the participating schools and dates.

Thank you to Pumpkin Masters for donating kids-safe carving kits for this school project.

Young Carvers Pumpkin Patch evening sponsors:

New 2013 Feature Attraction: House of Horoscopes

NEW THIS YEAR!! In addition to an improved presentation of the above-mentioned exhibits ... many with delightful new twists and surprises for you to discover along the way, you will truly marvel at our newest feature exhibit .... a stunning overhead pumpkin-carved skyscape of stars, constellations and the signs of the zodiac, all artistically created from over 1000 pumpkins constructed into a 54' wide by 14' high HOUSE OF HOROSCOPES!

Each of the twelve horoscope signs will be artfully presented in its own overhead design.... what will your horoscope look like?

Other Exhibits and their sponsors:

Grandfather Clock

The Lost Villages Dragon

Pumpkinferno Sound & Light sponsors:

Eats & Treats - Fuel up with fun food or fancy fare, a delicious add-on to your tour in the crisp autumn air!

Reserve an early pre-tour dinner at historic Willard's Hotel! Reservations for early seatings, (which start 1 1/2 hours before the gates open), are required by calling ahead 613-543-0660.  During Pumpkinferno hours, reservations and walk-ins are accepted as space allows.  Licensed for beer and wine. Click here for the menu and their  THANKSGIVING WEEKEND menu.

New this year, the Harvest Barn Restaurant will also be open during regular Pumpkinferno hours for dining after dark or reserve for early pre-tour dinners by calling 613-543-0660.)  Licensed for beer and wine. Click here for the menu.

Admission tickets to Pumpkinferno must be purchased online prior to entering the Village for your reservation. Admissions staff will allow access to the Village 10 minutes prior to your confirmed reservation time if it is before the gates are scheduled to be opened.

For a leisurely dinner before or after your tour of Pumpkinferno, stop by the Upper Canada Golf Course Restaurant.  Conveniently located just across the road from Upper Canada Village, you can dine in the scenic setting of this premiere golf course. Click here for the menu.  Individuals and groups are welcome.  Group meal packages are available and must be reserved in advance.  To book, contact Stephanie Theodosiou at 613-543-2035.  Click here for the group menu.  To see the regular menu for individuals, please click here.


Specialty snacks and treats-to-go will also be availbable at food stations on site. Pick up hot chocolate, pumpkin seeds or a souvenir t-shirt at the Sale'm Shop near the House of Horoscopes.  You can also visit the chip stand in front of the Village Store before or after your tour.  Fresh bread from the Village Bakery will be available at the Village Store this weekend!

Important Information to Know Before Your Visit

Pumpkinferno is experienced as a walking tour through a night-time, outdoor exhibit of carved pumpkins. The event's first year received an overwhelming response with up to 5000 visitors arriving on one evening alone.  Please read our pre-event information to make the most of your visit:

  • IMPROVED ARRIVAL AND PARKING - Visitors to Pumpkinferno this year will discover improved entry traffic flow and parking to accommodate the event’s immense popularity.  Clearly defined admission lines will make your arrival go smoothly.
  • PREPAID EXPRESS LINE FOR FASTER ENTRY - Please purchase your tickets in advance online; once in the prepaid express line, and when the gates open, this line moves quickly.

PICK A DATE AND TIME THAT WORKS FOR YOU - Please know that Saturday evenings are by far our busiest evenings, so plan the date of your visit accordingly.

ENJOY EARLY SITE ACCESS WITH A DINNER RESERVATION - Choose to reserve an early pre-tour dinner at Willard’s Hotel or the Harvest Barn, where you will already be in the Village to enjoy your tour by the time the gates open.  Call 613-543-0660 to make pre-tour reservations. Note: Admission tickets to Pumpkinferno must be purchased online, prior to entering the Village for your reservation.  Admission staff will allow access to the Village 10 minutes prior to your confirmed reservation time if it is before the gates are scheduled to be opened.

OPTIMAL VIEWING ACCESS TO EXHIBITS - This year's tour will take you along a new open route that will ensure you enjoy ample viewing space of the exhibits throughout your tour.   All paths of the tour are navigable by wheelchair (though can be affected by weather conditions).

COME IN COMFORT - To navigate through the entire tour will take you approximately 40 minutes. Please ensure that you wear comfortable and protective footwear, and are dressed for any kind of weather, as the event will happen rain or shine. It will only be cancelled in extreme weather conditions, at the discretion of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (rain checks will be honoured should this occur).

Pumpkinferno in the Community

The South Dundas Chamber of Commerce has listed Pumpkinferno as one of the main fall events in the area. Pumpkinferno attracts visitors from all over and the tourism has a positive effect on the local community and drives business in South Dundas. Visit the South Dundas Chamber's Event Page to view Pumpkinferno among other event listings.

Make it an Overnight Getaway

Turn your visit into an overnight getaway at one of the region's finest hotels. All located just minutes away along the St. Lawrence River from the quaint village of Morrisburg, to the nearby city of Cornwall. You'll discover a variety of things to enhance your stay.  Visit Cornwall and the Counties' website for details on area accommodations and attractions.