Celebrate spring at the Pioneer Pavilion

The National Capital Commission and The Log Farm officially opened the new Pioneer Pavilion today in the Capital Greenbelt. As part of the NCC’s Confederation Pavilions program for Canada’s 150th anniversary, this historic farm welcomes residents and visitors to experience the history of agriculture in the Capital, and the sweet taste of spring, every weekend through April 16, 2017.

At the Pioneer Pavilion, you will see how the Bradley family lived in the 1860s. The house and all the outbuildings show what life was like for a Canadian family in that era. The property remains a working farm, and many animals can be seen on-site.

This spring, visitors will be able to celebrate the sweetest time of the year with various activities. From the farm site, a wagon ride will take them to the sugar bush. Once at the sugar bush, visitors will take a couple of pails and go and collect sap from the trees throughout the bush. They will then see how pioneers would have made maple syrup, with modern wood-fired equipment, weather dependant. To complete the visit, they will enjoy a traditional sugar bush breakfast, and taste seasonal treats—maple syrup, maple taffy on the snow, butter, sugar or maple candy at an additional cost.

The Pioneer Pavilion is open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm on weekends until April 16, 2017; and 9 am to 4 pm, daily, from March 13 to 17 (Ontario March break). There is a $5.50 admission to The Log Farm and the sugar bush. All children under age two are free.

The NCC’s Confederation Pavilions, a series of underused buildings of architectural significance brought to life by our creative partners for Canada150, will welcome residents and visitors throughout 2017.


History of The Log Farm

  • Built in the mid-1850s, the house and outbuildings at The Log Farm were built with logs from trees felled when the land was cleared.
  • Abraham and Matilda Bradley raised their large family in this house in the 1860s and ’70s. After clearing the land for timber, they eventually switched from mixed farming to livestock farming. The family sold the homestead in the early 20th century.
  • The NCC acquired it in 1966, as part of the new Greenbelt.
  • This is the last remaining log complex of its kind in the Greenbelt, though other outbuildings of the period have recently been brought here from other locations.

About the Orr Family

  • After years of volunteering at The Log Farm in the 1990s, Ryan Orr developed a great love for the property.
  • Now, he and his wife Amy, and their three daughters, have secured a long-term lease with the NCC to operate The Log Farm.
  • The Log Farm brings together three generations of the Orr Family working hard to bring the property up to a standard that people can enjoy for years to come.


“Canada 150 is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the wealth of our cultural heritage. I invite everyone to visit the National Capital Commission’s Confederation Pavilions, which highlights the vibrant and rich history of Canada’s Capital Region.”

     —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage


“The Log Farm in the Greenbelt is a unique legacy of the pre-Confederation era in the Capital Region. With the National Capital Commission’s restoration of its buildings, fences and garden, together with the dedication of the Orr family, the farm has come back to life again for Canada’s 150th anniversary as the Pioneer Pavilion.”  

     —Dr. Mark Kristmanson, Chief Executive Officer, National Capital Commission


“Our family is proud to bring new life to this jewel of the Capital Region’s agricultural heritage. The Log Farm not only provides a window on pioneer life in the Ottawa Valley, but it is also an operating farm. In this special year of celebration, we look forward to welcoming visitors to experience the sights and sounds of spring, and taste the sweetness of the maple syrup in this unique historical setting.”

     —Ryan Orr, on behalf of the Orr Family, the operator of The Log Farm


“I would like to thank the National Capital Commission for including The Log Farm as part of its Confederation Pavilions initiative in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. In Ottawa, we are fortunate to have a blend of urban and rural communities, with agriculture contributing significantly to our city’s economy. It is important to recognize this contribution, as well as the history of agriculture and farming here in our community.”

     —His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of the City of Ottawa



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