Group Experiences at Mādahòkì Farm

We are excited to welcome your groups to come discover and share the land at Mādahòkì Farm! We are now ready to open our doors for any of your group tours.  

Individuals are welcome to visit the farm (with no programming) Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm or visit one of our four free seasonal festivals!  A little bit about our new home and group experiences:

Canada’s only Indigenous Agri-tourism destination and working farm has a lot to offer: 

  • Nestled on 164 acres of scenic farmland in Ottawa’s greenbelt only 15 minutes from downtown conveniently located directly off Highway 416 
  • Free onsite parking for approximately 90 to 100 cars (or large bus parking area for multiple buses) 
  • Currently offer upgraded & heated bathroom trailer with two units (and accessible porta-potty) 
  • Mamawii (Indoor Lodge) that fits approx. 160 people seated with small stage and fireplace
  • Access to onsite Marketplace with authentic Indigenous arts, crafts and culinary for your guests to browse and purchase 
  • Group picnic areas 

Group Size Recommendations

Please note that all group bookings are for a minimum of 20 participants with exception of our catered meals with minimum group of 30.  

For most of our group experiences 50 is our recommended maximum although larger groups can be accommodated with rotation through multiple stations/experiences.

Some performances including Feel the Heartbeat and Celebration of Indigenous Spirit can accommodate larger groups.

Authentic Indigenous Experiences

Rare Ojibwe Spirit Horses

Witness the beauty and hear the stories of the Rare and Endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses. 

Indigenous Experiences are proud to welcome our new herd of the rare and endangered Ojibwe Spirit Horses to the Mādahòkì farm. These small horses really share their own story of resilience and sacred connection to the Ontario lands where they roamed free for thousands of years. You will have a chance to see these special little horses and hear their stories through the work of Artist Rhonda Snow with a painted series of stories she collected from the Elders across Turtle Island on their memories of this once wild horse.  

Cost is $32.50/person + tax.  Minimum group of 20.   Program ~ 1 hour.

Traditional Tea and Bannock by the Fire

One of our most popular “Indigenous Experiences” where groups can enjoy traditional Indigenous teas and cooking your own Bannock over a rustic bonfire completes any visit to the Farm. This program will have you rolling up your sleeves to prepare and cook your own Bannock over the open fire. Then relax around the fire and enjoy some of our traditional teas! Your Cultural Ambassador will share songs, stories and some of our cultural teachings.  

Cost $39/person + tax - Minimum group of 20. Program 1.5 to 2 hours. 

Feel the Heartbeat Workshop 

Visitors and guests will explore our strong connection to Mother Earth through her “Heartbeat” while learning a new song and exploring musical connections through this interactive workshop. This music workshop is interactive where the audience participates with rattles and a stomp dance. 

Cost is $27.50/person – Minimum group of 20.  Program 45 mins to 1 hour. 

Guided Legacy Trail/Medicine Walk  

Walk our rustic legacy trail with one of our Ambassadors – sharing stories of the lands and listen to healing properties that our natural plants hold. 

Enjoy this land based experience while you learn about Indigenous culture and heritage; and reconnect to the land and gain traditional knowledge about the seasons and the moons plants and wildlife important to Indigenous people.   Also lining the trails, are important messages of Reconciliation on the rocks painted and left by our previous visitors (available as an add on the experience).  These are rustic trails and require appropriate outdoor footwear to enjoy. 

Cost is $27.50/person – minimum group of 20.  Program 45 mins to 1 hour. 

Reconciliation Rocks 

Visit our Reconciliation Rock Station & paint your own reconciliation rock – Write or draw your own message or picture of reconciliation on a personalized orange rock and leave your mark along our Legacy trail! The material costs cover the cost of purchase, cleaning, painting and varnish of your rocks. We encourage any groups that can, also make a donation to the work being done for reconciliation and survivors to any charitable group, including our partner Legacy of Hope found on the website. 

Add on to any other program - $7.50/participant.  

Bonfire

Add a rustic bonfire to any of your experiences. This cost includes firewood and an Ambassador to join you fireside for up to two hours.   

Add on to any other program - $15/person. Minimum group of 20.

Dreamcatcher/Medicine Wheel Make & Take Workshop

Led by one of our ambassadors, this workshop will have your guests making their own dreamcatcher and learning about the traditional origin story of dreamcatchers or the teachings of the medicine wheel with 4 sacred colours, directions and medicines. 

Cost is $27.50/person including kit. Minimum group of 20. 

Corn Husk Doll Make & Take Workshop

Led by one of our ambassadors, this workshop uses the husks from corn to create a traditional no face doll. In Indigenous tradition – the dolls have no face and you will learn the meaning behind hat. 

Cost is $27.50/person including supplies. Minimum group of 20.

Celebration of Indigenous Spirit 

A traditional meal and authentic live dance performances

A memorable celebration of our culture with our talented group of Pow Wow dancers who have shared their traditions and talent with millions of visitors from around the world.  Sure to be a highlight of any visit.   You can witness the vibrance, resilience and beauty of our culture through these dances which have been passed on through the generations and continue to inspire our future generations.  Each dance style shares important insight to our culture, teachings, and beliefs as told through the recorded narration and a shared round dance when we are able to safely dance together again! 

Each Celebration includes an Indigenous meal, served family style and prepared by one of our resident Indigenous chefs.  The menu will vary throughout the seasons and availability of Indigenous ingredients.  An example of this simple and fresh meal could include corn soup, bannock, main dish (bison stew or chili, maple artic char or elk sausage) wild rice casserole, roasted seasonal vegetable and dessert. 

Cost is $89/person.  Minimum of 30 and maximum of 150.  Program is 2.5 hours.

Chef Paul Owl 

Anishnaabe Chef Paul Owl from Serpent River, First Nation creates unique and memorable meals inspired by nature around us with wild and foraged ingredients.   Most well known locally for his traditionally smoked meats and his popular traditional teas with Tea Tree Brewing, we are excited to welcome Paul to create some memorable farm and forest to table culinary experiences for our guests. 

Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe

One of southern Canada’s few Inuit chefs, Chef Trudy Metcalfe-Coe has impressed groups with her fusion of north and south in her signature dishes.  She has prepared impressive meals including curried caribou stew to over 500 on Parliament Hill and Maple Grilled Arctic Char at the Indigenous Gala at Museum of History.   Trudy always creates unique menus that blend new Indigenous flavours with some of our favourite dishes.