Hanna District 4-H members experience Ontario

Amelia Bietelspacher teaching the exchange group how to milk goats at her twin’s home in
Ontario. ECA Review/Submitted

This summer I was granted with an amazing opportunity to go on a 4-H exchange to Wellington County, Ontario, along with nine other participants from our Hanna District.

On August 8, we boarded our flight from Calgary to Toronto and was picked up by our families for the next eight days.

After we landed, we went straight to Corbin’s twin’s house for a pool party and supper. Thursday we did a farm tour of a milking parlour and a tie stall milking barn.

After that, we went to a mink farm and a grain elevator and wrapped up the day with another pool party and campout.

Friday morning we loaded up into a school bus to get shuttled to Niagara Falls. There, we did multiple tours such as the Hornblower, a virtual tour of the falls, and we walked behind the falls.

Saturday and Sunday were family days and on these days some people chose to go to Toronto, beaches on the Great Lakes, or even stay home and show how diverse agriculture throughout Canada is.

On Monday we all met again at Canada’s Wonderland. If you ever go to Ontario you have to make this a priority.

It was awesome and we got to go on all the rides.

After Canada’s Wonderland, I went home to another family’s house so I could milk cows in the morning. Tuesday was our last day in Ontario and it felt like there was a lot more to do.

I got up early so I could milk cows and that was definitely the highlight of my trip.

After milking cows, we went to a local park for our community service where we cleared trees for a walking path and then went to another farm to have lunch.

After lunch, we played for a long time and then went to a goat dairy farm to learn how they run their operation and to have supper.

Wednesday was an early morning for me because I really wanted to milk cows one more time before I got on a plane home.

This exchange was awesome and opened my eyes to so many more 4-H opportunities.

by Haley Powell, exchange chaperone

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