Vacations for families in need

Do you know a family that could really use a break? There are lots of area households that don’t have the financial means to enjoy a holiday away from home. And as the summer winds down, some parents and kids aren’t looking forward to anything. No plans, special treats or getaways are in the offing.

But there are opportunities right in this area for some much-needed break time. Waupoos Family Farm provides vacations for families in need in Ottawa. Weeklong summer vacations and year-round weekend getaways are available for families meeting low-income cut-off criteria. The 200-acre farm in Ottawa South is a beautiful country setting with all sorts of natural attractions and amenities. It’s wheelchair accessible too.

During the school year and in the winter, Waupoos offers lots of indoor and outdoor activities. In winter there’s a skating rink and a hill for sliding. School year vacations run during most holiday long weekends. At Christmas, New Year’s and March Break, there are five-day vacation stays with special programming.

Families stay in three-bedroom cottages (they sleep up to eight people) near the main lodge, chapel, pool and playground. The lodge features a full kitchen and meeting area, a children’s corner with toys and books, a big-screen TV and a games room with a foosball table, table tennis and a pool table. Campfires, barbecues, volleyball, farm animals, arts and crafts, hiking and wagon-rides are all part of the fun on this farm.

The Waupoos Foundation was established in the 1970s by Father Fred Magee and friends when they took over the Oblate family farm near Picton Ontario. Facilities were later expanded to include the local farm.

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