Cottage Sessions

Summer 2019: Week 1!

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School is OUT and Waupoos summer vacation time is here at last!

Our first week at Waupoos began on Canada Day and we celebrated Canada’s birthday with a bonfire and sparklers!

We are happy to welcome back Ottawa Public Library summer staff to Waupoos Farm for their weekly Story Time and Craft. For the past few summers, they have made Waupoos a regular stop on their library circuit to offer their program for our children and families!


This week saw hot and humid temperatures and the pool has provided much-needed relief!

The highlight of the week was definitely the Waupoos Amazing Race with indoor activities including musical chairs. Outdoor fun followed including crazy actions on the slip and slide and a dip in the pool! Our summer staff had everyone busy having FUN, FUN, FUN!




Of course, everyone enjoyed the Talent Show on Thursday evening – It’s a Waupoos Family Farm tradition! What a great start to the summer!

Don’t forget to join us for our weekly Open House each Saturday in July from 1 – 8 PM. Hope to see you soon!

Summer 2017 Week # 8

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We are now ending our final week of the summer session at Waupoos, and though we’re a little sad to be finished, this week has been an amazing end to the summer!

We were lucky to have our awesome hosts, Lori and Kim, back for week eight! As usual, cottagers had lots of fun activities and crafts to keep them busy. We had excellent cottager participation which added even more energy to our incredible activities. Throughout the week, we enjoyed pancake breakfasts, a hotdog lunch as well as delicious cupcakes! Our cottagers also tested their crafting skills with bracelet making and painting! Chapel time was kept exciting with Chapel Cranium, Saint Jeopardy and a Prayer Chain with over 90 intentions! The kid’s favourites, Amazing Race and Story time, continued to be a hit!



The talent show was full of excitement this week, with awesome participation from both cottagers and residents. All four staff members also decided to stick around for the last talent show of the summer, and we even put in a few acts of our own! The resident girls took great pleasure in acting as our arms to make and feed us peanut butter sandwiches (most of which didn’t quite make it to our mouths).


Overall, the week has been so much fun, and a great way to end off our summer here. We want to thank all of those that have been involved at Waupoos for helping to make this summer amazing: The cottagers who are unique, inspirational, and always ready to have fun, the farm families who put so much work into keeping Waupoos up and running, and of course all of the children whom we have grown VERY fond of over the last eight weeks.

The excitement of the summer is not over yet, and we hope you will join us for our last Open House, this Saturday August 26th at 1pm!


Summer 2017 Week # 7

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It seems that summer has gone by in the blink of an eye as we finish up our seventh week here at Waupoos!

Our amazing host family this week brought some fun and creative ideas that always kept the kids excited for the next activity. On Tuesday we endured the rain by playing the kids’ favourite Madlibs, settling in for storytime, and finishing off with a few mystery games. On Wednesday, everyone was invited to a birthday party… where it was everyone’s birthday! The party-goers enjoyed fun party games, cupcakes, loot-bags, and lots of popcorn! There was more fun to be had on Thursday with Bingo, parachute games, and painting. Tomorrow the kids are looking forward to creating their very own volcano!
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Please join us for one of our last Open Houses, this Saturday, August 19th at 1 pm. There will be swimming, wagon rides, games, and a potluck. Hope to see you there!



Summer 2017 Week # 6

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We are just coming to the end of another wonderful week at Waupoos, filled with fun, sun, and smiling children! This week we were lucky to have an amazing host family, who were constantly planning fun activities for the kids.

Some highlights of the week included sports like soccer and ultimate frisbee, a delicious pancake lunch, crafts, and even a carnival day on Friday where the kids got to play all sorts of games to win tickets, which they later traded in for prizes. Meet the Animals was a big hit as usual, as was Storytime with our two wonderful library volunteers. The staff also organized a few water activities, like a slip and slide and a water obstacle course, to keep the kids cooled off. 20806680_1989721217915891_318655118_o20839691_1989721147915898_1741893070_o20793892_1989721164582563_1672528341_o

Overall it was an amazing week, and we are all sad to see it end (but looking forward to what the final 2 weeks of summer will bring!). We hope to see you all at our Open House, this Saturday August 12th at 1 pm, for swimming, wagon rides, and our weekly potluck!


Summer 2017 Week # 5

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The fun never stops at Waupoos and Week #5 was no exception! With lots of cottagers and hot weather, the pool was always busy and the activities were always exciting!
This week at Waupoos, our staff transformed into hosts for our game show themed week! The cottagers demonstrated their strength, speed and agility with our Wipeout Zone and Waupoos Ninja Warror. Their skills and knowledge were put to the test during Waupoos Jeopardy and Masterchef (where we made pizzas from scratch)! On Friday, cottagers worked together to complete challenges all around the farm for the second Amazing Race!
Time truly flies when you are having fun, and as we wrap up Week #5, we are wondering where the summer has gone!
We hope to celebrate this amazing week with you at our Open House this Saturday! Join us at 1pm for swimming, wagon rides, a potluck and much more!

Summer 2017 Week #4

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The summer is officially half way done at Waupoos and we can’t believe it is going by so quickly!

With no host family this week, the Waupoos staff have been busy running activities! We decided to add a theme to Week 4: All Around the World! Each day, our cottagers traveled to a different country. We started on Tuesday in Canada with a pancake breakfast and a classic game of ball hockey. On Wednesday, we traveled overseas to Italy, where the kids transformed eggs and flour into homemade pasta and finished off the afternoon with a game of football (soccer). Finally, on Thursday, we visited Ireland for some shamrock crafts and Irish dancing lessons taught by resident Maria. The Amazing Race will be coming to Waupoos on Friday, where the cottagers will travel all around the world!20472457_1983882831833063_720623533_o20502796_1983882401833106_1554604835_o20502942_1983882531833093_1616700473_o


We are looking forward to the second half of summer, and we know it will be filled with fun, amazing people, and, hopefully, lots of sun!

We hope you can join us on Saturday, July 29th at 1 pm for our open house where there will be swimming, a wagon ride, and our weekly potluck!


Summer 2017 Week #3

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The sun finally joined us at Waupoos for our third week! We definitely took advantage of the nice weather and had lots of fun in the sun!

We had yet another amazing host this week! With lots of different and exciting activities, no one is bored at Waupoos! The kids took part in crazy obstacle courses, a yummy ice cream station, and a creative craft! We had an incredible nature walk through the Waupoos property where we learned about the yummy and helpful plants all around us!


The pool was always busy with lots of cottagers trying to beat the heat! The Weekly Waupoos Talent Show was another huge success with everyone showing their amazing unique talents!



After this busy and fun filled week, we look forward to celebrating with you at our Open House on Saturday, July 22nd. Join us for mass, wagon rides, swimming and a potluck!


Summer 2017 Week #2

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Despite a lot of rain and clouds, we have had a lot of fun during Week 2 at Waupoos!

Our host family has transformed our cottagers into Picassos with lots of crafts and expert painting. With freshly baked cookies, muffins and pancakes, the lodge always smelled great and cottagers were always happy.

Rain or shine, there was no shortage of happy (and cold) swimmers in the pool. Our Waupoos bunnies stole the show at Meet The Animals where they received lots of love from all the kids. We also kept busy with fun games and skits in chapel, a Scavenger Hunt, Bingo and a dance party! Face painting was a favorite this week with our artist, Sabrina, spending 2 hours creating beautiful butterflies, scary monsters, and adorable characters!20050033_1976004939287519_1289697126_o


We hope to see you all at our Open House on Saturday at 1 pm for swimming, wagon rides, potluck and lots of fun!

Summer 2017 Week #1

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Our first week of the summer session is flying by, and this week has been a blast so far! Our amazing host family has planned a variety of fun activities including bingo, and cookie making! Throughout the week we’ve found some new and creative ways to keep cool in the hot weather: water Olympics, jump-rope, water-kickball, and duck duck SPLASH!




The kids have been keeping busy making beautiful artwork, expanding their vocabulary with their new favorite, Madlibs, singing and dancing their way through chapel, and of course preparing for the weekly talent show. The animals have been getting their fair share of attention, especially during Meet The Animals on Tuesday!

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Rain or shine, there is still more fun to be had at Waupoos this week. With campfires and wagon rides, there is never a shortage of smiles and excitement! We hope to see you for our Open House, this Saturday at 1:00 pm!



Thanksgiving 2016

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This past Thanksgiving weekend was a great success! We had full cottages, many eager children, new faces, and the biggest Thanksgiving potluck in the known history of Waupoos! There was a ton of great food and a ton of folk to eat it! By the end, there were only a few crumbs let for the pigs.
Thank you all for the great weekend!