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Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project

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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