As the 19th century closes, a stream of pioneer-farmers move west from Ontario, seeking a new life on the prairies. Early Saskatchewan settler, W.R. Motherwell became a community leader whose passion for scientific farming methods took him all the way to parliament as Minister of Agriculture. Live a day in the life of a prairie farmer in the 1900s on W.R. Motherwell’s historic homestead, Lanark Place.

Featured things to do

Symphony Under the Sky Festival

Join us for a jam packed day including kid zone, Field to Fork Festival, threshing demonstrations, and Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Sky!

Meet farm animals

Meet working farm animals that help run the homestead. Big and small, can you discover the many jobs of each animal? Maybe you can even help with chores.

Binding and stooking

What is Binding and Stooking? Come out to Motherwell Homestead experience firsthand what it means, and help take the crop off the field to prepare it for your plate.

The Rideau Canal in Ottawa and the lockage permit

Your free pass to discovery

Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary at Parks Canada’s historic canals.

Get your free 2017 seasonal lockage permit

Canada 150

Parks Canada sites nearby

  • Fort Walsh National Historic Site

    Experience life with James Morrow Walsh and his NWMP troops in the 1870s. Barter for buffalo robes at the trading post, smell sweet lodge pole pines on a hike through the Cypress Hills.

  • Grasslands National Park

    At Grasslands National Park, expanses of dinosaur fossils harken back to a time before history. Tipi rings are testament to First Nations communities, and ruins of prairie homesteads tell of settlers intent on taming the prairie.

  • Riding Mountain National Park

    Explore 3000 km2 of thrilling outdoor possibilities in Riding Mountain National Park where the boreal forest, aspen parkland and fescue prairie meet.

Hours of operation

May 22 to June 30
Monday to Friday,
from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Complete schedule

Fees

Free admission in 2017. Other fees still apply.
Detailed fees list

Contact us

Telephone: 306-333-2116
Toll-free: 1-888-773-8888
motherwell.homestead@pc.gc.ca