Victoria Day in Vankleek Hill

  Higginson Tower

Stand Guard: An 1860s Living History Re-enactment Event
Saturday, 10 am-5 pm | Sunday, 10 am-4 pm

Admission: Free

Between the Anglican Church and Arbor Gallery

Visit an 1860s Volunteer Militia Camp

View a battle & demonstrations. Interact with re-enactors, sharing their experience of Militia life in the 1860s. Face painting and activities for children. Old-time photo booth — don period costumes for a custom photo shoot (Saturday only, until 4pm)


10 am: Cannon salute to open the event

11 am: March on Main Street

12 pm: Noon cannon and musket salute to Queen Victoria

1 pm: Battle school (for children)

1:30 pm: Battle against The Fenians (around the Higginson Tower)

2 pm: Search for The Fenians (for children)

3 pm: March on Main Street

5 pm: Final cannon salute



10 am: Cannon salute

11 am: Historical themed church service

1-4 pm: Re-enactors are available on site


Vankleek Hill Museum

Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm-4 pm

Admission: Free (donations)

95 Main Street

The Museum will exhibit 18th Prescott Militia tunics, and the Mooney sword! Generations of the Mooney Family were members of the 18th Prescott Militia. Letters written by Peter O’Brian of L’Orignal, a member of the 18th Prescott Militia, during the Fenian Raids will also be on exhibit.

There will also be a special exhibit of items representing the 18th Prescott Volunteer Militia, complementing the exhibit of historical items form the Higginson Family being held at the Arbor Gallery.


The Review

Artisplus presents ‘Art Expressions’

Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Admission: Free

76 Main Street, East

Featuring the work of Madeleine Rathwell, Carole Renaud and Susan Cornthwaite Grenier.


The Trillium Tea Room

CREAM TEA: Tea, Scones, Mock Devonshire Cream, Jam & serving regular menu.

Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

Admission: Menu cost

111 Main Street, Vankleek Hill.

Featuring local artists: Jackie Shelley, Shirley Dickenson, Michelle Landriault, and photographer Mary Ferguson.


Three Owls Studio & Gallery

Meet the artists

Saturday & Sunday, noon to 5 pm

Admission: Free

151 Main Street

Showing paintings and sculptures by: Henriette Ethier, Eva Hoedeman and Susan Jephcott


Grace Haven Belly Dancers

VCI Farmers Market

5814 Highway 34

Saturday, 11 am

Admission: Free

The Windsor Tavern parking lot

84 Main Street, East

Saturday, 2:30 pm

Admission: Free

Come and enjoy Egyptian, Moroccan belly dancing, and a veil dance, and then join in with us! (In case of rain: only one performance at VCI, in the ‘cafetorium’)


Beau’s Brewery

Free Tour & Tasting

Saturday, 10 am-8 pm

Patio Pig Roast – Saturday, 12 pm-7 pm

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. is also presenting the following bands at The Windsor Tavern: Drag the River, Captain Dirt and the Skirt, Fireball Grant

Admission: $10

8 pm to 1 am


Anglican Church

Soup & Sandwich Lunch at the Anglican Church Hall

Saturday, and Sunday, 10 am-3 pm

Soup, sandwich and dessert: $10

5845 Church St., next to The Higginson Tower

Craft tables, woodworking, sewing & knitting, homemade chocolates, photography and much more, including a ‘white elephant table’ with books, and a book signing with Herbert Scherer, author of ‘If You Doubt In God’.


Arbor Gallery

Peratus et Volus: “Ready and Willing”

Saturday, and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm

Admission: suggested donation $5

36 Home Avenue

An historical artifacts exhibition, featuring rare and unique material from the Higginson family, one of Vankleek Hill’s founding families.

There will also be twelve artists showing at the Arbor Gallery — Wayne Fijal, Wilmi Nadal Ceara, Gillian Horgan, Susan Jephcott, Michelle Landriault, Reenie Marx, Moneek Miller, Manon Sauve, Jeannine St-Amour, Isabella Di Sclafani, Erica Taylor, Susan Valyi.

And a special ‘Make Art Outside’ (‘en plein air’) event, where artists can join us at the Arbor Gallery during an historical 1860’s militia re-enactment to sketch, photograph or capture the day’s exciting visual moments (cannons!) in any medium of their choosing.

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