The Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail
Barn quilts are large outdoor painted replicas of fabric quilt blocks installed on barns. You can find them in many communities and throughout the countryside of Ontario. The Osgoode Township Museum initiated the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail in 2020 as a way to showcase community history and as a tourism attraction.
The Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail is a great way to explore Osgoode Ward by car! Click here to access the map, and enjoy a scenic experience!
You can also use the ROBQT brochure as you explore the barn quilts.
To see the Rural Ottawa Barn Quilt Trail on the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails website click here!
You Can Create A Barn Quilt Too!
We want to keep growing the trail all around the Rural Ottawa landscape and we're inviting YOU to participate!
- 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 landscaping projects
Just follow these guidelines and steps!
Your barn quilt must:
- be clearly visible to public
- make use of colours in a creative way
- be at least 8’x8’ (as required by Ontario Barn Quilt Trails)
- be weatherproof and permanent
Step 1: Register your project here
Step 2: Have a look at resources online on how to build your barn quilt and plan your design
Step 3: Gather your materials
Step 4: Build your panel and paint your design
Step 5: Install your barn quilt in a visible location
Step 6: Share a photo of your barn quilt with us so that we can put you on the map!