“The Story Continues…”

2024 UELAC Dominion Conference

June 6-9, 2024

Cornwall, Ontario



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UELAC is very excited to be part of a double event in Cornwall Ontario.

  • UELAC Conference 2024The Story Continues….”  Thursday June 6 to Sunday June 9 with pre-event tours on Tues. June  4, Wed. June 5 and Thurs June 6, and
  • 1784.ca, the premier event by the SD&G Historical Society, on Friday June 7  through Sunday June 9 with UELAC participation on Saturday during the day.

The 2022 UELAC Conference was all virtual, due to Covid but was about Cornwall and area. This return to Cornwall in 2024 follows the in-person and virtual Conference 2023 in Vancouver BC.

And so “The Story Continues….

  • visit the Cornwall history in person;
  • meet up with old Loyalist friends, and make new ones;
  • learn more about New Johnstown (now Cornwall) and surrounding settlement areas  in then western Quebec Province (becoming in 1791 part of eastern Upper Canada and today part of eastern Ontario);
  • stand on the ground where our Loyalists of this area drew their lots;
  • visit the encampment and live the reenactment taking place at Lamoureux Park;
  • visit Pioneer museums in the area and tour the Woodhouse & Lost Villages;
  • see the museum where the UELAC Dominion Office and UELAC Archives are now located (schedule & tour details).

Don’t miss this special event; be part of “The Story Continues….“.

Join us this June in Cornwall.



Itinerary at a Glance:

There are three main groupings of events:

  1. Pre-Conference day-tours (Tuesday, June 4 – Thursday, June 6)
  2. UELAC Conference (Thursday, June 6 – Sunday, June 9)
  3. 240th Anniversary of New Johnstown & The Royal Townships (Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9)
    • UELAC has reserved Sat daytime for conference attendees to visit and learn. Shuttle bus from hotel to event.


Visit the UELAC Library & Archives at the Cornwall Community Museum

Dear 2024 UELAC Conference Attendees,

We are delighted to invite you to visit the UELAC Library & Archives during your time at the UELAC Conference. Our collection is housed within the Cornwall Community Museum, located at Lamoureux Park, 160 Water Street West, Cornwall.

This is a unique opportunity to explore a treasure trove of Loyalist documents, artifacts, and records, offering insight into the history and heritage of our Association. The UELAC Library & Archives is prepared to host you for a specialized tour of our facility.

The UELAC Library & Archives Tour will be available for scheduled 30-minute appointments from Tuesday, June 4 through Saturday, June 8 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home and sharing the historical resources that illuminate our Loyalist past.

To arrange your visit and tour, please contact our Office Administrator, Rodney Appleby, at your earliest convenience to book your appointment. Rodney can be reached by email at <uelac.office@gmail.com> or by phone at our office cell number: 416-591-1783.

We eagerly anticipate your visit and the chance to showcase the UELAC Library and Archives.

P.S.: Perhaps while visiting the archives, you may wish to leave your name and contact information for volunteering for upcoming library and archive projects. Note that some of our volunteer work can be completed in the comfort of your own home.

Please note that while the Cornwall Community Museum tours are separate, you can book a tour through their online portal.



Pre-Conference day-tours

Each of these tours will leave from the Best Western conference hotel at about 9:30am and return in mid-afternoon. The cost for each is $25, which covers the admission fee; UELAC is providing transportation to and from. Staff at each venue will provide an introduction and direction.

  • Tuesday 4 June:  Upper Canada Village
  • Wednesday 5 June:  Glengarry Pioneer Village
  • Thursday 6 June:   Glengarry Nor’Westers & Loyalist Museum



UELAC Conference:

Note: See hotels and tour descriptions below. Meals included where noted. Guest/social suite after dinner until about 10:00pm. UELAC participation with 1784.ca is on Saturday, daytime.

  1. Thursday 6 June:
    1. Registration opens Thursday afternoon (time TBA)
    2. 6:00 Reception at Host Hotel (Best Western) – finger food, not a meal.
      1. (Period Clothing/Regalia Requested)
      2. “Welcoming remarks” by Carl Stymiest UE, President
  2. Friday 7 June:
    1. Lost Villages Tour
      1. Half Day (runs twice, morning and afternoon) – luncheon (included)
    2. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society at Lamoureux Park
    3. Dinner at Cornwall Legion, transportation provided (time TBA)
  3. Saturday 8 June:
    1. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society and UELAC at Lamoureux Park
      1. (UELAC shuttle bus every 30 minutes during the day)
    2. Gala Banquet at host hotel  – start gathering from 5:00
      1. (Period Clothing/Regalia Requested)
      2. Guest Speaker:
        1. Brent Whitford, Senior Curator and Administrator at the Cornwall Community Museum and Archives. PhD Candidate, University at Buffalo SUNY. Prehistoric Archaeologist. Brent is from Cornwall, ON, born and raised. What he appreciates most is the direct impact on the community as regards the importance of history and heritage.
        2. History v. Heritage: Blending the Past and the Present
          1. History is history. What I mean to say is that history is nothing more than an amalgamation of tangible artifacts and facts that together make a coherent narrative about that which is said to have happened once upon a time. Heritage, on the other hand, is that which we choose to emphasize and remember about our history. Heritage is our history preserved. In other words, heritage is what we believe matters about the past in the present. As such, we don’t preserve history simply because it is history, but rather because it is our history and it continues to hold meaning in the present. But how do we communicate the meaning of history to new and younger audiences? How do we ensure that our history continues to hold heritage-value in the present and into the future? These and other matters will be discussed in the context of the UELAC at this year’s keynote address.
  4. Sunday 9 June:
    1. Church Service at Trinity Anglican Church – with luncheon (included) (Period Clothing/Regalia Requested)
    2. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society at Lamoureux Park



240th Anniversary of New Johnstown & The Royal Townships

See the full event website  1784.ca

  1. Friday 7 June:
    1. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society at Lamoureux Park
  2. Saturday 8 June:
    1. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society and UELAC at Lamoureux Park
      1. UELAC shuttle bus every 30 minutes during the day Saturday
      2. See the event site map
      3. see full event details  including who is participating, Living History regiments from the 1784 era that will be attending, Topics for Living History presentations, Heritage Village, Schedule of events by day etc
    2. Main events for Saturday
      1. Heritage Village
      2. Loyalist Arrival
      3. Drawing of Lots
      4. Living History Encampment
      5. Official Ceremonies
      6. Military Manoeuvres
  3. Sunday 9 June:
    1. 240th Anniversary by SD&G Historical Society at Lamoureux Park
      1. Continues  – see Events


Selected Speakers, Topics and Activities

The list of activities is extensive, some scheduled and some ongoing. These include:


  • The Loyalist Appearance: Clothing and Grooming“, by Trisha da Cunha 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • After Saratoga: The Agonizing Odyssey of Burgoyne’s Royalist Corps“, by Todd Braisted 3:30 to 4:30 PM


  • Exploring 18th Century Apothecaries; Women’s Healthcare and Midwifery“, by Anne-Marie Russel 9:00 to 10:00 AM
  • Why Some Remained Loyal”, by David Moore, UE 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon


  • Housing the settlers and their families: brush shelter and habitat construction
  • Sustenance in the post-war era: fishing, foraging, and hunting
  • Midwifery and nursing: demonstrations on women’s’ roles in sustaining life in the new world

More details about some of these activities are available (PDF).



Register online through Google Forms (the same process as last year) via the link below:

If you need to submit your registration and payment by mail, you may print out the PDF registration form and fill it out by hand. Please make registration cheques payable to UELAC and send to:

Patricia Groom, UE
326 Lakeport Rd,
Colborne, ON
K0K 1S0




Conference Tours:


Hotels & Venue

Our host hotel:

Best Western Parkway Inn and Conference Centre

Situated in the heart of Cornwall, Ontario, guests enjoy all the features of this this cozy full service property with Restaurant, lounge and sports bar on-site. Wake up to a free breakfast and enjoy spending time relaxing in the seasonal outdoor pool, heated from June through September. Rest comfortably in our guest rooms that feature Canadian pine furnishings, free high-speed internet, cable TV and in-room refrigerators. When there is a chill in the air, enjoy a room with an electric fireplace or a whirlpool tub. If your family travels include the pets, please call the hotel directly for availability and details of our pet-friendly accommodations.

1-613-932-0451 ext. 0


Hampton By Hilton

Located on the edge of Cornwall, we are 20 minutes from Upper Canada Village and five miles from Summerheights Golf. The Seaway International Bridge is 10 minutes away, providing access to Cornwall Island and the United States border. Relax in our heated pool and work out in our fitness center. Free hot breakfast, parking and WiFi.

1-613-933-5351 or Online booking


Some additional hotels 2024 along Vincent Massey Dr., Cornwall:

  • First Canada Inns: 1-613-936-0400
  • Nite’s Inn: 1-613-932-4786
  • Fairview Inn: 1-613-933-8140
  • Regency Inn & Suites: 1-613-933-1650


When contacting the hotel, don’t forget to note any special requests, such as the need for an accessible room.