About the Farm
How do you pronounce Mādahòkì?
After 20 plus years of offering their cultural programming on Victoria Island, Indigenous Experiences were inspired by the Ojibwe spirit horses to find a new location that allowed the organization to offer more land-based cultural and culinary programming. With the mission of sharing the land, stories and food from an Indigenous perspective, the vision of Madahoki Farm became a reality when the NCC approved a 25 year lease on the beautiful 164 acre property in Ottawa’s Greenbelt. With the support of the Tourism Relief program of FedDev Ontario, Indigenous Experiences were able to transform this former event space (of Lonestar Ranch) into a thriving year round Indigenous cultural agritourism destination in the National Capital Region.
This support of TRF allowed us to repair the barn and paddocks for the Ojibwe Spirit Horses we well as adding a new year round riding arena, repair and expand parking lots as well as improve our tourism infrastructure like heated outdoor washrooms and re-build a talented team of Indigenous cultural and culinary ambassadors to create and execute our Indigenous experiences. In less then 2 short years we have grown to welcome up to 40,000 visitors per year with local residents as well as school, corporate and tourism groups from around the world.
The Farm is also the new home for a series of Indigenous events celebrating the seasons; Sīgwan (Spring), Tagwàgi (Autumn) and Pibòn (Winter) and the annual Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival formerly held at Vincent Massey Park. Madahoki is the year round home of an Indigenous marketplace that promotes products made by Indigenous makers and artisans as well as the the permanent home for a growing herd of endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses. Group bookings of authentic Indigenous experiences are available year round.
We are open to the public on a seasonal schedule. Our current hours are Wednesday - Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM. Come by to visit us! There is lots to do and admission is free!
You do not need a booking to come visit during our open hours, however if you are a group of 20 or more, you can make a booking here.
- Visit the small farm animals (you can buy some feed from the store).
- Watch the endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses playing and grazing in the fields. (Please do not feed the horses).
- Walk the legacy trail and leave a message of reconciliation. (reconciliation rocks available at the store)
- Visit our marketplace store which is filled with arts/crafts/foods from over 40 Indigenous artists/makers.
- There is also a children’s play area with bales of hay to climb on, a teeter-totter and lots of space for kids to run around.
- There are heated port-a-potties on site for public use.
- You could also make use of our picnic tables and bring a snack or picnic and enjoy being at the farm, as it is really such a wonderful place to spend time
- Seasonal snowshoe rentals are available to explore the farm