Webinar demonstration for the “NEW” Ontario Barn Quilt Trails web site.

d37ef045-c8a2-4e1d-a7f5-11bf0dcced3f.jpgYou are invited to a webinar demonstration of the new Ontario Barn Quilt Trails website. It’s been live for a few weeks and we want you to take a look and give us your feedback and ideas.

David Jonah, our keynote speaker, will get the creative juices flowing and stimulate new ideas about how barn quilt trails can support our rural enterprises and cultural tourism. If you are thinking about organizing a trail or you are involved in the tourism sector or you are promoting the barn quilt phenomenon, tune in.

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barnquilttrails.ca. New website launch featuring barn quilts across the province of Ontario

The new improved and interactive barnquilttrails.ca website is ready for your visit. Our objective is a dynamic virtual living network of people interested in barn quilts. Three audiences: tourists and day trippers; barn quilt organizers, painters, creators; and businesses.

Put on any one of those three hats and visit the site. What works? What doesn’t work? Suggestions? Just hit the red question mark and send us a message with your ideas.

We know there is lots to do. It is a labour of love that will never be finished. Of particular interest is the eventual capability of barn quilt organizers to manage their information. For promoters and communities proud of the trails through their area, it will be possible to embed your trail into your own website.

Please tailor this invitation for your own network, and send it along. We need everyone’s feedback and suggestions now.

Thanks for all your help and encouragement,

Mary SimpsonSecretary, Ontario Barn Quilt Trails
Partner with Creative Communities
Tel (519) 287-3566
Cel (519) 318-1074
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Half of Parks Canada assets in ‘poor’ shape

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Back on June 19, 2012 while touring the local Lambeth historical society along the Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail, our stop at the Battle of the Longwoods cairn was enriched by the coincidence of meeting up with Parks Canada staff.  The sad news he admitted is that the Harper government is not allocating enough money to maintain assets such as this cairn.  This aging cairn needs yearly maintenance to keep it in good repair.  Mary Simpson promised she would pass along our disappointment to our MP, Bev Shipley.  The Longwoods Barn Quilt Trail is all about appreciating our local history.  Little evidence remains of the War of 1812-14.  This delicate cairn is precious.

Many months later, Parks Canada admits that 47% of all its assets are in poor or very poor condition.  A separate sampling pushed that overall level to 53%.

Feb 12, 2014 Globe & Mail Article :  Internal report says Parks Canada buildings in worse shape than claimed – The Globe and Mail

Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

Tecumseh Barn Quilt Block

This beautiful rendition of Tecumseh is one of the 30 images on the Trail of Tears Barn Quilt Trail  in Chippewa on the Thames First Nation.  Thanks to Glenda Cochran, Art & Soul Photography for her great work.

Follow this map to see this image and other First Nations Barn Quilt Art.

Barn Quilt Conference

Are you interested in

“Getting on the Barn Quilt Trail”

join us at the barn quilt trail

CONFERENCE October 22 & 23, 2013

Homeward Bound

-Learn how to make a barn quilt-

-Learn how to make a barn quilt trail-