Welcome to the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails

OBQT's at the Motorcycle SUPER Show!

Wow, in a few short years the Ontario Barn Quilt Trails has gone from a kitchen table idea to a local, regional and provincial project. The good people of Ontario have latched onto this painting project with a pinache for creating great rural art. Infact, creating "rural art galleries." Once the paint hit the wood communities began creating barn quilt paintings at a tremendous speed. This spring, Ontarians should see over 400 barn quilt paintings installed on barns, out buildings, community buidings, gardens.The list is endless where a little bit of art can be shown.

So  OBQT's has recognized the fact that our artists want to "show off" their art pieces. The volunteers from the OBQT's have taken the intiative to get invovled in their first tourisim event. What better way to get the word out than by talking to bikers. Bikers are a great group of people that want to get off the super highways and don't mind taking the slower pace of travel on our rural roads. We welcome Motorcyclists into our communities and hope that they enjoy seeing our Barn Quilt Art.   "Ride the Trails"


Here you’ll find the barn quilts of Ontario; the communities who created them; and the businesses who will care for you on the road. Explore this website and connect. Before you explore the backroads of Ontario, check out these maps. Then come back and tell us about your experiences.

Or, perhaps you are intrigued by barn quilts and want to paint one? Click on the "How-to" tab and start exploring the videos and tips that barn quilt enthusiasts are sharing.

Or maybe you are game to organize a community project?  Bless you! You definitely have come to the right place!  The vision is to build a barn quilt network that shares the information you are seeking about this latest rural phenomenon.

From Antiques to Artisans

We celebrate the visual landscape and the history that brought people to this place. Businesses!   Sponsor a barn quilt.  They act as beacons, leading visitors to your rural business.  Promote your brand.  Highlight your cluster.  Celebrate your unique products.  Help people find your farm gate and CSA.

Every barn quilt has a special story. Discover our Ontario culture: from First Nations’ origins ... to the settlement of our Counties ... to the stories of timber frame barns that are fast disappearing. Communities are using barn quilts to tell their stories.

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