Field Trips and Tours

WELCA offers unique education and recreation on a beautiful pastoral horse farm in the heart of the city. For a century, our river valley site has been a favourite year-round destination. It has inspired generations of artists, athletes, and visitors with friendly horses, historic log cabin, stone house and stone fence, indoor riding ring, barns and showgrounds.

We want to ensure that your time here is both fun and safe. Our first priority is to provide a positive learning experience for students which will help them appreciate horses and the important role that horses play in the lives of humans.

Booking Information

Field trips are held throughout the school year on Mondays between the hours of 9:30am - 2:00pm.  Please book at least 4 weeks in advance.

 

Depending on the number of students, schedule 1-1.5 hours for Kindergarten to Grade 2 and 2-3 hours for older students. Send an email to info@welca.ca to inquire about booking.

WELCA offers:
  • A fully operational horse stable with 60+ horses and 1 barn cat

  • Well-schooled lesson horses 

  • An indoor riding ring

  • Instructors certified through Equestrian Canada and skilled horsemen and women

  • Two non-motorized mechanical horses

  • Lessons to accommodate all ages and abilities

  • Conveniently located in the river valley park close to picnic sites and walking trails - perfect for nature walks and science discussions

  • Tour the historic log cabin built in 1919 by Dr. Fred Keillor as the original farmstead

  • A classroom with fridge, microwave and seating for 60

  • ASTM-approved riding helmets and a variety of riding boots available for lending

Field trips and tours may be tailored to suit the needs and interests of students, seniors and other groups. Choose from a morning or afternoon field trip with a variety of learning stations (non-riding).

What to Expect When You Arrive

Upon arrival, WELCA staff will meet the bus to greet students and point out some important features such as washrooms, classroom and riding ring.

  1. Please have a total count of the students. For our purposes, we like to divide students into groups of six. It works well if this can be done in advance.

  2. Students will then be fitted with helmets by the instructor in order to interact with the animals. Helmets are mandatory although exceptions will be made for students with special needs.

  3. The instructor will go over some basic barn rules and then each group will proceed to a station such as: equicizer, touch and talk, horse behaviour, tour and feeding. The groups will rotate through the various stations. There should be a teacher or parent volunteer from the school with each group.

  4. Groups will return to the classroom 10-15 minutes prior to the booked departure time for equipment returns.

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