Barn Quilt Trails in Ontario
The Barn Quilt Movement is very popular in the United States and features over 6000 barn quilts. About 5 years aho a group of keen and dedicated volunteers in Southwest Ontario began a barn quilt movement and it has grown to move than 6 counties with over 100 barn quilt displays.
Upon hearing about this wonderful project and visiting Southwestern Ontario to attend their conference, volunteers from Prince Edward County came together with members from the PEC Quilt Guild to organize and plan a trail in our beautiful "County" where barns and agriculture abound.
An organizing group of motivated residents worked together to organize barn quilts into a trail. Walking tours in downtown areas of Bloomfield and Wellington are included on the trail. Barn quilts may be found on schools, businesses, historic buildings, along fences, in gardens, on homes and free standing structures, wineries, galleries, farm markets and other points of interest along the trails.
Most barn quilt trails take visitors on a drive through the countryside. Here in PEC, our very first trail begins along Hwy 33 from Picton round-about, southwest to County Road #32, winding along to Cty Road 12, turns right onto Stanley Street and right on Mill Street into Bloomfield ( for the walking tours). The trail continues southwest along Hwy 33 to Wellington, where there is another walking tour. Others are popping up all around the County as well! We curently have close to 100 Barn Quilts installed with many more to come!
For the initial phase of our trail along the Loyalist Parkway, we were successful in receiving startup funds from the Trillium Foundation via Ontario Barn Quilt Trails. For more information, contact us or visit www.barnquilttrails.ca.