Osgoode Township Museum calling for entries for the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail 2021


Showcasing rural landscapes and communities

The Osgoode Township Museum is announcing its second year of the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail Project. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we are looking at ways to engage community members and bring visitors to our community, while maintaining physical distancing. 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 1 to September 30, 2021, 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


The Osgoode Township Museum has been serving our community as a museum (formerly as an historical society) since 1973! The OTM tells the story of Ottawa’s agricultural and rural heritage, with a focus on agriculture in the former Osgoode Township. The Museum houses a collection of approximately 10,000 artefacts, ranging from housewares and clothing to full sized tractors and other farming equipment in our two main exhibition spaces. If you visit during the spring, summer, or fall, you’ll get a chance to wander around the grounds, orchard, and 10,000 square foot heritage garden modeled after a 1907 School Garden. Inside the museum, our brand new permanent exhibition space displays the incredible story of our township and its people. Learn stories of how Indigenous people and the first European settlers paved a path for our current day rural community members, and how these residents are cultivating their connections with the past, present and future! The museum hosts a variety of family-friendly online workshops, talks and programs, and creates connections through partnerships with other organizations in the community. Our largest event of the year is the Harvest Festival, a true celebration of our rural heritage.For more information on the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail, please check out our website, or contact the Osgoode Township Museum at manager@osgoodemuseum.ca or visit our Facebook page (@osgoodemuseum).


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