I am happy to update this topic I came to this site just last night and was distressed to learn that it is supposedly very difficult to secure a carriage ride at CW, and that you have to arrive early and wait in a line and hope for the best.
Today, May 7, 2010, I am very pleased to say none of the above applied.
We did not even arrive to the colonial area until around noon. We reached the lumber office at about 1:20 and scheduled a ride in the Hotel Carriage (beautiful red and black open carriage) for 3 p.m.!
Each person (even infants and toddlers) pays 12.50.
I had not been to CW for about 15 years and was stunned to see the decline in tourist numbers. Don't know if it's because it's early in the season or what, but our carriage driver told us that the numbers I remember from the 80s and 90s are no more. I was really surprised.
So, if you want a laid back, quiet vacation, with kids or without, CW is a GREAT place to go. We never once had to wait in a line to see or do anything. Even the Duke of Gloucester street was quiet. It was a surreal experience. While I am sorry to see the fewer numbers, for those of us who love the place or have never visited, this year is a good time to go!