The Log Farm to Showcase How Pioneers Lived

The Log Farm, at 670 Cedarview Road in Ottawa, will become the Pioneer Pavilion in 2017.

The farm, operated by the Orr family, is open year-round, with special 2017 programming offered:

  • Weekends, March 4 to April 16, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Daily, March 13 to 17 (Ontario March break), 9 am to 4 pm

At the Pioneer Pavilion, visitors can take a wagon ride into the sugar bush, where they can help collect the sap and see maple syrup being made.

About the Log Farm

Built in the mid-1850s, the house and its outbuildings were constructed of the logs from trees felled when the land was cleared. In the house, the kitchen was the main living space where, even in early days, a cast iron stove provided heat and a fire for cooking. A second storey was added in 1861 to house an expanding family.

Abraham and Matilda Bradley raised a large family in this house in the 1860s and ’70s, as they cleared the land for timber and eventually moved from mixed farming to livestock farming. The family sold the homestead in the early 20th century, and the NCC acquired it in 1966, as part of the new Greenbelt.