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Metcalfe Library

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Great news! The Metcalfe (village) branch will begin offering contactless service starting Saturday, August 15.

Hours of operation: Saturdays, 10 am to 3 pm
Holds pickup by appointment, returns anytime during hours of operation.

They have also increased the hold limit to 50 items!

The Rural Cycling & Tourism Campaign

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The Rural Cycling & Tourism Campaign is in full swing and Osgoode Ward is featured with some of the great stops along the way!

Click on the link: Osgoode https://ottawatourism.ca/en/itineraries/getaway-osgoode-metcalfe-and-greely to visit some of the Village attractions.

Ottawa tourism is also encouraging residents to enter the weekly contest for a chance to win $100 to spend in Ottawa’s rural communities (bonus entry if they upload a photo of their favourite thing to see or do in rural Ottawa). https://ottawatourism.ca/en/rural-ottawa-contest

Ottawa Public Health / Ottawa Board of Trade

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Ottawa Public Health in partnership with the Ottawa Board of Trade is hosting a Business Reopening Workshop specifically geared towards rural and agricultural businesses.

The workshop will be hosted July 9th at 1pm on Zoom and will include a short presentation by our Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brent Moloughney followed by an open question and answer session. We will be promoting our existing resources and assisting local business troubleshoot common challenges in adapting to prevent and lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19. The session will be recorded and posted online shortly afterwards for those that cannot make it. For more information and to register, please visit:  https://business.ottawabot.ca/events/details/business-reopening-workshop-rural-businesses-and-agricultural-sector-1812

Free Trees In The Fall

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We heard you Rural Ottawa Residents and we have partnered with South Nation Conservation (SNC) to provide some free trees to the Ward area residents this Fall!.

Though SNC is accepting online order requests for free trees this spring in other regions, please note that trees secured for Ottawa residents won’t be ready until the Fall.

Check back with SNC or my office later in the year for details on how we’ll provide free trees. We will be posting the details as they become available on our social media at that time.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this time.

For more info on SNC’s Tree Planting Program and to secure tree orders for Spring 2021, click here: https://www.nation.on.ca/…/forestry-…/tree-planting-services .

Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

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Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

We are very excited to announce our Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project. We are inviting families, farm owners and agricultural businesses to create a barn quilt as a way to celebrate our rural heritage. This project, which is open to submissions from May 6 to September 30, 2020, is a combination of a tourism attraction, a business marketing tool, and a showcase of our unique community history. As a permanent part of our landscape, it will build community and provide the perfect opportunity to expand cultural tourism in the Osgoode Ward.

What is a barn quilt?

It’s a piece of wood (normally 8’x8’) that’s been painted to look like a quilt square. Some barn quilts are replicates of traditional quilt block patterns, while others are unique designs featuring a favourite dog, type of livestock or a farm logo. Barn quilts tell stories about individual farms, historical events or communities while also adding visual interest to the countryside and increasing rural tourism.

What barn quilts can do:

  • Barn quilts draw attention to Canada’s disappearing rural landscape
  • Rural communities find a way to get themselves on the map and connect with travelling public
  • Farms and businesses install barn quilts as part of their promotion strategies
  • People paint and install barn quilts as part of their outdoor gardening and landscape projects, and tell a story of their family history

Your Commitment

We would like you to consider being our partner for this project, to highlight rural life and the disappearing rural landscape. We are reaching out to you because you play an integral part of our rural life. The commitment is minimal – all we ask is your help in promoting this project via social media, member newsletters and websites!

Please see detailed information on the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail here.

We are looking forward to hearing from you on how we can work together!


Jillian Jordan (Metcalfe)

Executive Director

Osgoode Township Museum

7814 Lawrence St., Vernon, ON


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Vernon Rink

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Thank you goes out to all the volunteers that are helpping clean and flood the rink so far this year!

We have had a couple of days with base ice but that is it

please have patients we are trying to get it running

thank you

The board is all volunteers and appreciate all the help we can get

call Keith McWhinnie at 613-826-3609

or Helen Porteous at 613-821-3685