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Thanksgiving Weekend

At this time of year, many Canadian farms are harvesting the food crops that will sustain us throughout the year. To celebrate the harvest, join us at the Museum where you will be able to learn how simple and easy it is to prepare heart healthy soup made with corn, squash and beans - known as the Three Sisters. The aboriginal legend of the Three Sisters will be told in our demonstration kitchen. Want an easy and tasty cake to serve this Thanksgiving? Learn how to make a delicious apple spice caramel cake, made with seasonal apples. Explore several pumpkin varieties and learn about the pumpkin’s life cycle. Children are invited to get creative with a fall themed craft and play with a corn filled sensory bin. Other activities include the perennial favourite apple cider making as well as livestock-related demonstrations.


Cereal Barn

Apple Cider Making and Tasting (10:30, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30)
What happens to all the apples that are bumped and bruised and not perfect to eat out-of-hand? They are pressed and turned into cider! At this demonstration, visitors can make good use of their energy to help operate the press and will of course be able to taste the fruits of their labour at the end.

Pumpkins (ongoing activity)
Explore the different pumpkin varieties and learn about the pumpkin’s life cycle. Interesting pumpkin facts will be shared throughout the day.

Apple IQ (ongoing activity)
Test your taste buds in this apple guessing game! Visitors are invited to sample apple pieces and guess their variety.

Fall Farm Sensory Bin for Children (ongoing)
Sensory bins are meant to provide children with exploration time. Children are encouraged to touch, feel, manipulate and discover small objects hiding in a sand box filled with corn kernels.

Dairy Barn Classroom

Children’s Craft (ongoing activity)
Kids are invited to make and take home a fall themed craft.

Horse and Cattle Barn

Farrier Demonstrations Saturday Only (10:30)
Many visitors may not know that the Museum’s horses (and Molly the donkey) all get routine hoof care. Farrier John Brent will be on hand Saturday to demonstrate this essential element of keeping horses hard at work and healthy.

Demonstration Kitchen (Exhibitions Area)

Three Sisters Soup (11:45 and 3:00)
Join us in the demonstrations kitchen and learn about the First Nations peoples’ traditions of cultivating corn, squash and beans. The First Nations story about The Three Sisters (corn, squash and beans) will be told. Our youngest visitors are invited to help prepare a delicious soup made with these ingredients. All visitors are invited to sample the soup.

Apple Spice Caramel Cake (10:15 and 2:00)
Want an easy and tasty cake to serve this Thanksgiving? Learn how to make this delicious apple spice caramel cake made with seasonal apples. Also, the history of Thanksgiving in Canada will be shared, and a sample of this flavourful dessert will be offered.

Other Demonstrations:

9:30 Rabbit Care
10:00 Groom a Calf
11:00 Animal Habitats
1:30 Meet the Chickens
2:30 Meet the Sheep and Goats
4:00 Afternoon Milking


Tally-Ho Wagon Rides ($) weather permitting (10:00 – 2:00)
Enjoy a tour through the fields of the Central Experimental Farm on the Tally-Ho wagon pulled by the dynamic duo, Ted and Merrill, the Museum’s Clydesdale horses.

Food Service ($)
Bytown Catering will be on site to offer food services.

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