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4 Secret Eats Places You Need To Visit In Rural Ottawa #Agri150 #MyOttawa

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Secret Eats Tour Rural Ottawa Ottawa 2017

Canadian Blog House was provided with a media pass from Ottawa Tourism to attend the Secret Eats tour in rural Ottawa, in conjunction with Just Food and Savour Ottawa. All opinions are our own. 

It’s no longer a secret to me. Rural Ottawa is bursting with all kinds of great things to see, do…and eat!

Thanks to several fantastic Ottawa 2017 and Canada 150 events here in Ottawa this year, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring the beauty of this region on a few occasions.

Secret Eats Tour Rural Ottawa #Ottawa2017

I’ve learned so much about rural Ottawa over the past few months, things that you may be surprised to learn also.

Did you know?

  • 90 percent of the land in Ottawa is rural
  • the top 3 farmed products in rural Ottawa are corn, soy…and cows
  • the National Capital Commission holds 100,000 acres of protected land, with 25,000 acres of that as farm land
  • rural Ottawa has a very diverse range of farms: dairy, grain, beef, berry and more

This weekend, I ventured into the countryside with one of Ottawa 2017’s Secret Eats tours, hosted by Cumberland Ward Councillor Stephen Blais, to explore the Cumberland area of Ottawa.

Located in eastern Ottawa, Cumberland is home to an enchanting heritage museum, a thriving farmer’s market, charming bakeries, and beautiful, sprawling farmland.

Cumberland is also home to…

4 Secret Eat Places You Need To Visit In Rural Ottawa


Cumberland Heritage Village Museum

Secret Eats Tour - Ottawa 2017

Featuring 30 different historic buildings (including the Vars train station pictured above), this peaceful, charming, rural village takes you back in time to when farming and growing your own food was a way of life for most people in the area.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Stroll on the grounds amongst heritage buildings, take a peek inside the old-fashioned general store, pose for a photo in front of the vintage gas pumps at “Watson’s Garage”, or try your luck at one of several life-sized board games.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Cumberland Heritage Village Museum is a great place to take the family. They have fun things to do for children of all ages.

Hop on a wagon ride for a tour of the village. Spend time visiting with the “heritage” farm animals on-site (loaned to the museum from local farmers during summer months). Many of the heritage breeds here are endangered. You’ll even see some Dexter cattle – the world’s smallest breed of cattle.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Be sure to take part in one of Cumberland Heritage Village Museum’s many special events, including their popular “Haunted Historic Village” in October.

Of course, since this was a Secret Eats tour, no stop on the tour would be complete without taste-testing some local products.

Cumberland’s Proulx Farm, a Savour Ottawa farm, provided our group with a tasty selection of locally grown, fresh vegetables, along with 3 different dips that were made locally in Cumberland. A refreshing snack, and a great way to start off our Secret Eats tour!

Canaan Blueberries

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

You’ve hand-picked apples and strawberries but, have you ever picked blueberries? I hadn’t – until our visit to Canaan Blueberries in Cumberland.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

After a quick introduction by Morland, the owner of Canaan Blueberries, we were let loose in his blueberry fields! Morland has 5000 bushes on 6 acres of farm land…all full of delicious blueberries!

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits. It was a real treat for me to see how blueberries are grown, and to be able pick as many blueberries as I possibly could, that would fit into my basket.

I was up for this challenge, and as you can see from my photo, I succeeded! It did not take me long to discover a great method for picking these beautiful berries.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Honey was also on the agenda at this stop on the Secret Eats tour – fresh honey produced on-site at Canaan Blueberries!

Beekeeper Jeremy, Morland’s son-in-law, gave us a highly entertaining and informative talk about honeybees, and the honey-making process at Canaan’s Blueberries. In his 9th year as a beekeeper, Jeremy knows honeybees!

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Jeremy cares for 92 hives at Canaan Blueberries. This year, he lost approximately 22 hives over the winter months, an average number for that time of year.

We learned a lot from Jeremy, including the fact that honeybees aren’t only crucial to farms, community gardens in our cities need them too.

With 93 community gardens in Ottawa, honeybees are a very important part of this city’s ecosystem.

Don’t miss the chance to pick your own blueberries! The season is short!

After a quick taste of some delightfully sweet honey from Canaan Blueberries, we were off to our next stop on the Secret Eats tour.

Bearbrook Game Meats

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

For me, Bearbrook Games Meats was the biggest surprise on our Secret Eats tour. As an animal lover, I was a little apprehensive when I learned we would be paying a visit to this game farm.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

While, of course, the function of a business like this is to provide customers with various meats for eating, I was pleasantly surprised by many things I saw at this family owned farm.

Bearbrook Game Meats is an all-natural, free-range farm. They are about as close to organic as you can possibly be, without being “officially” organic. Their tag line says it all “where grass, hay and grain is the ONLY feed on the farm.”

Their animals are always outside, and not housed in barns. They believe this is a more healthy environment for their animals.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Started by Walter Henn, Bearbrook Game Meats have been serving customers for over 50 years. Offering game meats including “deer, elk, buffalo, wild boar, ducks, geese, camel, and kangaroo”, Bearbrook Game Meats also offers “other exotic and North American meats including domestic varieties such as beef pork chicken lamb.”

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secrets Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Of course, a visit to Bearbrook Game Meats, on the Secret Eats tour, would not be complete without a taste of local food.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

We lined up for some Buffalo Spaetzle, a big hit with this tour group. Another first for me. I had never tried buffalo before…or spaetzle! This dish was delicious! I had no idea buffalo meat tasted so much like beef.

Higher in protein, and lower in cholesterol and fat than beef, buffalo is something I will be adding more often to my own diet, now that I know I like it!

Bearbrook Game Meats features a retail shop, beautiful vistas featuring grazing animals, and you’ll even find some beautiful peacocks on site (to enjoy – not used for meat).

You can place online orders for delivery and Bearbrook Game Meats will deliver free of charge if your order is over $100 (within 100km of the farm).

Domaine Perrault

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

There’s no better way to end off a Secret Eats tour than with a stop at a winery. For me, as someone who has had the pleasure of visiting several wineries in Prince Edward County, it was wonderful to learn that we have a fabulous winery of our own, in the town of Navan, in rural Ottawa.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Bottling over 20,000 bottles of wine per year, Domaine Perrault, may be new to me but, they are most definitely not new to the wine scene in Ottawa.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

A former local dairy farmer, Denis Perrault started Domaine Perrault in 1999, planting 1 acre of 1,000 vines on the family farm in Navan.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Today, Domaine Perrault is home to 6,000 vines featuring hybrid grapes, a bustling winery, and an inviting property with a sprawling vista of the beautiful rural farm land that surrounds Domaine Perrault.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

A selection of local artisan breads and cheeses were provided to our group for pairing with the five samples of Domaine Perrault wines we were given to taste test…made by Domaine Perrault winemaker Katie…

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Choosing a clear winner amongst the five samples proved to be very difficult.

Personally, there were three clear wine choices for me: Marilys, Isabella, and Rosalie.

Each of these wines, named after a Perrault family member, represented a different type of wine – red, white, and rosé.

I couldn’t resist. I came home with two of these ladies.

Secret Eats Tour Ottawa 2017

Cheers to Guy Laflamme (who made an appearance on our bus that day!) and his Ottawa 2017 team for organizing such a great tour. Special thanks to the team at Just Food for being such terrific guides. Thanks to Savour Ottawa and all the fabulous Ottawa businesses who participated in our Secret Eats tour, and to Ottawa Tourism for sending me out for this incredibly enjoyable afternoon in rural Ottawa!

For those of you who would love to jump on a tour bus and join the next Secret Eats tour, you can still get tickets for the August 20th West Carleton-March tour in Ottawa’s west end, and the September 10th tour in Osgoode.

Rumour has it that the Secret Eats tours may be back in 2018.

Does the Secret Eats tour interest you? What part of Ottawa, and what local businesses, would you love to visit on one of these tours?

  1. August 11, 2017

    Frances Legault

    So informative and detailed as always!

  2. August 10, 2017

    Melissa

    Awesome post (as usual) Sandy! You have given me a great idea for visitors coming to Ottawa next week!

    • August 10, 2017

      Sandy

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you get to enjoy a few of these places with your guests next week. If you are out that way, don’t forget to visit Popsilos too 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  3. August 9, 2017

    Linda Cassidy

    sounds like a great time and I cannot wait to hit a few new to me spots

    • August 10, 2017

      Sandy

      It sure was, Linda. I hope you get the chance to hit a few of those spots! Lots to explore on the outskirts of the city 🙂

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