Upper Canada Village Donations

Thank you for thinking about Upper Canada Village as a potential recipient for your donation. Whether or not we are the best “fit,” we sincerely appreciate your consideration.

Upper Canada Village is a living history site dedicated to the presentation of the history of Eastern Ontario along the St. Lawrence River up to the 1860s. We collect and maintain historical artifacts for display and research, a research archive, and, when appropriate, for use in our daily demonstrations.

We do not accept unsolicited donations through the mail, brought to or dropped-off at the site without prior communication. If you have an item which you think should be part of our collection, please telephone or send an e-mail or letter describing the item you have available. Please also include at least one photograph and any information you have available about how you acquired the object, past ownership, use, and historical significance.

Lady walking through the garden

Our Accession Committee meets monthly to review and decide upon recent potential donations. Due to logistical concerns in caring for and storing items in our care and based on a desire to maintain a collection that is relevant to the period and region we portray, there are several criteria we consider. These include:

  • the age and condition of the item
  • whether or not we currently have similar items in our collection
  • how appropriate the item is to our mandate
  • the resources required to store and maintain the object in good condition

We do give priority consideration to items that have a direct and demonstrable connection with local history, connection with local historical personalities, local communities, and local historical events.

If you feel you have an item you would like to donate to Upper Canada Village, please contact the site’s collections technician:

Upper Canada Village - Collections Technician

c/o The St. Lawrence Parks Commission
13740 County Road 2 Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, K0C 1X0