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Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail

What is a Barn Quilt Trail?

The Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail is a tour composed of a series of trails wandering around the beautiful countryside of Simcoe County to celebrate agriculture in the area. The Quilt Blocks along the trail tell stories of local history, tourism, agriculture, family traditions and heritage.  The Quilt Blocks are paintings on aluminum panels, not fabric.

Barn Quilt Trail.

Who are we looking for?   

We are looking for hosts for the Barn Quilt trail that have barns or implement sheds in Simcoe County. These buildings must be visible from the road and maintained for 5 years. We are looking for painters/community groups and volunteers to help paint the barn quilts.         

Where is the Trail?

The trail will traverse the whole county; from Bradford West Gwillimbury to Collingwood and from Severn to Adjala-Tosorontio.  When the trails are complete, you will be able find quilts in every township in Simcoe County.

Our Goal

Our goal is to complete 150 quilts county wide by the end of 2019.


This initiative has been put together by the County of Simcoe and the Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, with the original idea to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Canada's Confederation.

The Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail will highlight the region's beautiful rural vistas and agricultural heritage and offer visitors to the area opportunities to experience parts of Simcoe County that they may have otherwise missed.   While visitors explore the series of self-guided trails, they will encounter many unique agricultural-based businesses that often reflect the area's heritage and that are always happy to welcome new faces. 

Who Decides What the Quilt Pattern Will Be?

•The barn owners decide what quilt design they want to display on their barns. 

•In the Application we have provided 10 traditional designs to choose from and any combination of colour can be used.

•Barn owners are also given the opportunity to design their own quilt pattern or work with the painter to design the quilt square.

•Barn owners may be open to hosting any design and we can then have the painter/artist come up with a design.

•Barn owners may want to represent their personal heritage, barn history or tell a story through the quilt.

•The designs and colour combinations are endless.Painting

•All designs must be approved by the Project Coordinator/Committee.

Who Does the Painting?

•Barn owners

•Volunteer painters


•Community groups

There is no remuneration for painting, it is a volunteer project.  As a painter you are a sponsor to the project and you will be recognized on the website page which will describe each quilt and barn.


Cost to Participate?

No, there is no cost to participate.

•Tourism Simcoe County and Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture are the sponsors for this project.

•Dulux Paint is supplying all paint through their Colourful Communities sponsorship program.

The Quilts are Painted, Now What?

•2"x4" pressure treated frames will be built on the back of the quilts

•The quilts will be installed on the barns by a professional sign installer

•As the quilts are installed a tourist trail will be created that will guide visitors to each location throughout Simcoe County.

Application to Host Quilt - FINAL RS.pdf

Further questions can be directed to Ruth Sawyer, (705) 817-1513 .




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