Madahòkì Farm Riding Arena, Manure Storage Pad and Associated Works

Madahòkì Farm is building an indoor riding arena for its rare and endangered Ojibwe spirit horses.  In association with the new indoor riding arena, Madahòkì Farm will build a new manure storage pad and access path.


The riding arena will benefit the farm by providing:

•           A year-round space for the Indigenous Equine Assisted Learning program.

•           A space for visitors to the farm to interact with the spirit horses.


The manure storage pad, along with the associated Nutrient Management Strategy, will ensure safe storage of manure produced by farm animals. 


The access path is required to accommodate construction of the manure storage pad.


The National Capital Commission is the custodian of the Madahòkì Farm property, and all projects must receive a Federal land use approval.


The riding arena is 21.9 metres by 36.6 metres dome structure that will be built immediately east of the existing outdoor riding ring.  The riding arena will be built using structural steel and a light gauge steel form. It will be on a foundation of concrete. The steel will be fabricated and built according to standard specifications for the design fabrication and erection of structural steel buildings.

The manure storage pad will have a 4 metre by 3 metre footprint. The manure storage pad will have concrete flooring and be covered. Manure will be piled away from sidewalls and turned occasionally to promote decomposition.


The access path will be about 140 metres in length and built using granular material.


Madahòkì Farm is located at 4420 West Hunt Club Road in Ottawa, Ontario.  Madahòkì Farm is a 164-acre property that is a mix of agricultural land and farm buildings (a barn, pavilion, and house that is used as offices and a makers market), wetlands, and forest. The space is used as a working farm and Indigenous cultural attraction.

Construction of the riding arena, manure storage pad and access path may require minimal tree removal.  Any trees removed will be replaced through a tree compensation program.  

The riding arena will be built in early December 2023. Construction is not anticipated to take longer than 30 days.

The use of an excavator, a scissor lift and a skid steer on track will be needed. No modification will be needed for the temporary work area.


Latest update

November 20, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. The National Capital Commission is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Intent to Make a Determination - Start of Public Comment Period - October 19, 2023


National Capital Commission
Environmental Assessment
40 Elgin Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5A8

  • Location

    • Madahòkì Farm Riding Arena, Manure Storage Pad and Associated Works (Ontario)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Other, not otherwise specified
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    The National Capital Commission
  • Authorities

    • National Capital Commission
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
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