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Barnyard Break

Join us this spring as we celebrate all things maple during our annual Barnyard Break! In addition to our various animal demonstrations, join us for special features such as cooking with maple syrup and maple taffy on the snow. Plus, young visitors can listen to a classic children’s story and get creative with a Canadiana-themed craft.

Don’t miss special demonstrations throughout the month including: an evening cooking demonstration with Chef Lynn Crawford, a daytime cooking demonstration with Chef Cezin Nottaway, an appearance by Big Joe - mascot for the Ottawa RedBlacks, a woodcutting demonstration from the McGill University Woodsmen Team, and a performance and workshop offered by storyteller Louis Mercier.


Special Features:

Maple Taffy on the Snow 10:15, 11:15, 1:15, and 3:15

There are very few things that mark this time of year quite as sweetly as maple taffy. Visitors will be able to discover the science behind transforming maple sap into syrup and syrup into taffy, taste a sample, and take in a variety of maple sugaring equipment and historical photos that will be on display.

Children’s Story & Craft 11:45 and 2:15

Children are invited to listen to a story and take part in making a craft to take home.

Cooking with Maple Syrup 11:00 and 2:30

Did you know Canada produces 85% of the world’s maple syrup! Join us in the demonstration kitchen to help prepare delicious treats made with this golden syrup. Also, learn some interesting facts about maple syrup.

Saturday, March 11 – Algonquin Cuisine Workshop from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Chef Cezin Nottaway from Wawatay Catering presents a workshop featuring Algonquin cuisine. Come discover how she prepares delicious maple toffee using Awazibi maple syrup. The workshop will be in English only with a bilingual Q & A.

Saturday, March 18 – Plaid Day!

Pancake Morning - from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Enjoy delicious classic pancakes served with maple syrup.

McGill University Woodsmen Team Demonstration at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Want to see wood chips fly? Come join us to watch lumberjacks and jills demonstrate traditional woodsmen activities such as wood chopping and sawing. This demonstration showcases Canada’s rich history in forestry as celebrated by a whole new generation of lumberjacks. This is a great outdoor event for the whole family not to be missed!

Visit with Big Joe

Big Joe, the Ottawa RedBlacks team mascot will make a special appearance during Plaid Day. Get your camera ready!

Saturday, March 25 – Pancake Morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Enjoy delicious classic pancakes served with maple syrup.


Other demonstrations:

9:30 a.m. Meet the Chickens - Small Animal Barn
10:00 a.m. Bread Making - Demonstration Kitchen
10:30 a.m. All about Milk - Dairy Barn
11:30 a.m. Meet the Sheep and Goats - Small Animal Barn
12:00 p.m. Butter Making and Tasting - Demonstration Kitchen
1:30 p.m. Bread Making - Demonstration Kitchen
2:00 p.m. Rabbit Care - Small Animal Barn
3:00 p.m. Meet the Horses - Horse and Cattle Barn
4:00 p.m. Afternoon Milking - Dairy Barn

Food Service ($)

The Hot Potato Company will be on site to offer food services. Please Note: The Hot Potato will only be on site the weekend of March 4-5 and March 18-19.

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