Poppies of Goulbourn is an annual exhibition in honour of Remembrance Day. Every year a portion of the Museum is draped in handmade poppies that are crafted by local volunteers and community groups.

The display is intended to induce a state of reflection, and to make us focus on the critical importance of Remembrance and what it means to be Canadian.

This year, in addition to inviting community members to contribute through making and donating handcrafted poppies, we also invite you to attach a poppy to a portion of netting at the Museum reserved for this purpose. The instructions for making knitted and crocheted poppies is below. If you would like to help us attach poppies to the net, please email [email protected] for details!

The deadline to drop off poppies for this year’s net is Saturday, October 21, 2023.

Guidelines for making poppies

  • Poppies must be either 3 inches square or 5 inches square (approximately) and will be attached to 1¾ inch netting – one 3 inch poppy will cover one square and one 5 inch poppy will cover an area of four squares on the net.
  • Poppy colours should follow the current Canadian Legion poppy campaign colours (see examples of inspiration photographs attached with this project) and should be a vibrant red with a charcoal black centre.
  • All yarn used for this project will need to be synthetic because of the outdoor elements.
  • For more detailed instructions, consult these knitting patterns and crochet patterns.
  • Please place completed poppies in a sealed plastic bag and drop them off in the bin in front of the Museum. We will provide extra baggies in the bin. Please include your name and email address so we can thank you!

The firefighters of Ottawa Fire Station 81 will be installing the net for us again this year on Saturday, October 28th! We would like to thank them for making sure our outdoor exhibit gets installed safely!