PUMPKINFERNO - Ignite Your Imagination!!
Come and stroll through a hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of 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 rejuvenated and eclectic displays 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 ... and 2015 promises an event rekindled with a number of exciting new exhibits and dramatic tour enhancements!
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.
Watch CTV's Regional Contact coverage of Pumpkinferno’s inaugural season!
2015 Dates of Operation
Thursday to Sunday Evenings until 10:00 p.m.
October 1 to November 1
Plus Thanksgiving Monday Evening
Gates open 7:00 p.m. starting October 1; 6:30 p.m. starting October 22
Special Needs Night - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Village will open the evening of Wednesday, October 15, 2014 exclusively for groups of people with physical disabilities who can ride in the comfort of their own vehicles to view PumpkInferno. 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 a "Special Needs" group is $11.00 for adults and $9.00 for seniors and youths (plus HST).
Reservations for a Special Needs visit must be made ahead, by calling 1-800-437-2233 or locally 613-543-4328.
2015 Pumpkinferno General Admission Fees
|Adult (13-64 yrs)||$14.00|
|Senior (64 yrs+)||$12.00|
|Youth (6-12 yrs)||$10.00|
|Child (5 yrs & under)||Free|
Prices do not include HST
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Buy tickets online to receive express entry during your visit.
Awarded best new event in Ontario!
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. Each spring through summer, a group of new and returning designer/carvers create all that you will see that is new and vibrant, added to our collection of amazing exhibits at Pumpkinferno!
NEW in 2015
NEW THIS YEAR!! The 2015 Pumpkinferno experience will once again delight and wow visitors with a number of new exhibits. As a teaser ... wait until you see the all-new Fish of the St. Lawrence water exhibit! And there will be more new surprises ... all best left to be discovered along the way! Back by popular demand but with an all new vengeance ... Pumpkinferno's infamous fiery dragon. The tour route itself will be on fire with more dramatic mood lighting on the trees and landscape.
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 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.
The Harvest Barn Restaurant will also be open during regular Pumpkinferno hours for dining after dark or reserve for early pre-tour dinners which start 1 hour before the gates open by calling 613-543-0660. Licensed for beer and wine.
Note: Admission tickets to Pumpkinferno must be purchased online or at Upper Canada Village admissions prior to entering for your reservation. Admissions staff will allow access to the Village 5 minutes prior to your confirmed reservation time if it is before the gates are scheduled to be opened.
Specialty snacks and treats-to-go will also be available on site. Before or after your tour, stop at the Village Store Cafe, where we will be serving up our signature Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich, along with Cinnamon Rolls and Bread made fresh daily from the Village Bakery, and other specialty Halloween-themed treats!
Across the Street - Upper Canada Golf Course: 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. 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.
Important Information to Know Before Your Visit
Pumpkinferno is experienced as a walking tour through a night-time, outdoor exhibit of carved pumpkins. On occasion, the event has seen up to 5000 visitors arriving on one evening alone. Please read our pre-event information to make the most of your visit:
- ARRIVAL AND PARKING - Visitors to Pumpkinferno will discover streamlined 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 5 minutes prior to your confirmed reservation time if it is before the gates are scheduled to be opened.
OPTIMAL VIEWING ACCESS TO EXHIBITS - The Pumpkinferno tour is designed along an 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.