Frequently Asked Questions
To qualify for a cottage session at Waupoos, your family must meet all the following criteria:
- This is your only family vacation longer than two nights away from home from June-Sept of the current year (this criterion applies to summer sessions only).
- At least one child is 16 years of age or under.
- And either:
- The family meets the Statistics Canada Low Income Cut Off (LICO) or
- Mobility limitations of at least one family member restrict vacation options to the accessibility provided at Waupoos Farm.
See application form for specific information regarding Low Income Cut-Offs.
To apply for a cottage session, print and fill out the appropriate application form (forms available here).
Fax to 613-822-4526, mail to The Waupoos Foundation 2050 Rideau Rd. Ottawa, ON K1X 1B1, or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Waupoos Family Farm is founded on Catholic spirituality, there is no requirement for visiting families to have any religious affiliation. We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs. Times of prayer form part of every session, as does the celebration of Catholic Mass. Visitors are welcome to participate in these activities if they so choose.
Guests are always welcome at the farm. Day visitors should sign in at the entrance to the lodge when they arrive. There is a fee per night for overnight visitors. Please see the application form for specific details.
Each family is restricted to one session per season (fall, winter, spring, summer), within a given year. There is no limit to how many years you can apply for sessions.
During the school year, the farm hosts monthly open house events. To find out the date of the next open house, check our home page or join our mailing list. During the summer, families who have stayed at the farm in the past are welcome to stop by any afternoon from Tuesday to Saturday. During the 8 weeks of our summer sessions, every Saturday is an official open house. The schedule is the following:
- 1:00pm Doors open
- 3:00pm Wagon ride
- 4:30pm Mass
- 5:45pm Potluck dinner followed by evening bonfire (weather permitting)
We respectfully request that you not bring any pets with you to the farm (with the exception of guide dogs). Please make alternate arrangements for them during your stay.
Yes, Waupoos facilities are available for group rental from September to June (inclusive), except during cottage sessions. Only the lodge, chapel, and grounds are available for rent in January and February. To rent our facilities, please call our office at 613-822-2189 or email us at email@example.com.
To see our general needs, check our wish list.
If you have a specific item you would like to donate, please call 613-822-2189 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our administrator would be happy to inform you of our current needs.
We require that all items donated be free of pet dander and smoke.
Some of our needs vary seasonally. If you’d like to be kept up to date on opportunities to donate, please join our mailing list.
Employment and Volunteer Positions
Waupoos depends on the generous involvement of volunteers. Volunteer tasks include cottage cleaning and maintenance, grounds maintenance (grass cutting, snow removal, gardening), event planning, hosting cottage sessions, and helping with specific activities such as farm clean up days or Christmas morning brunch. To be informed of the farm’s specific needs, please join our mailing list.
If you are interested in joining the Farm Management Team as a resident family, please email us at email@example.com. We would be happy to send you an information package for prospective resident families.
Members of the Board of Directors are elected at our Annual General Meeting, held in June. Members of the Board must be present at the AGM in order to be elected. If you are interested in joining the Waupoos community as a voting member and/or submitting your candidacy for the Board of Directors, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.