11 great farms to visit with the kids

Fresh country air, nature walks, tractor rides and more. If your little ones like to coo in front of rabbits, goats and chickens, a visit to a nearby farm is likely to thrill them. Some places will allow you to touch, feed and interact with the animals, which will make the experience even more special. We’ve compiled a list of some of the closest options to Montreal where you can spend an hour or all day having fun on the farm.

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825 hp. Fresniere, Saint-Eustache
For a day out of the ordinary, visit the herd of curious ostriches at this farm north of Montreal.
Take a 60-minute guided tour of the farm with a chance to see baby ostriches, let them loose in the play area, and meet other farm animals, including Watusi cattle with their impressive horns. Bring your picnic or have a meal at the snack bar. Reservations are required.

For more information, visit nidotruche.com.

Alpacas from Domaine Poissant

1235 ch. of the Mountain, Mont Saint-Hilaire
More than 200 alpacas adorn this farm located at the foot of Mont Saint-Hilaire. Reserve your time slot for a guided tour of the farm or to take a stroll through the woods with your fuzzy new friend. Kids can feed them snacks, stroke their woolly mane and take selfies. Stay tuned for announcements regarding their summer “yoga with alpacas” sessions for adults and children. Activities are by reservation only.

For more information, visit alpacasdudomainepoissant.com.

Country Orchard

2300 Cowie Street, Granby
For an invigorating day in the countryside, plan a visit to this lovely farmhouse. With over 2.8 km of trails through apple orchards, vegetable gardens and evergreens, the whole family can cool off and rejuvenate in nature. For a particularly fun ride, bring an alpaca or miniature horse for a 20-minute ride ($18 per animal). You will also find a playground, an interpretation center to discover life on the farm, 250 animals and a café where you can buy a homemade picnic to enjoy on site.

Discover all the activities, events, opening hours and prices on vergerchampetre.com.

Credit: Alpacas Sutton – Geneviève Dubé

Sutton Alpacas

1474 c. Macey, Sutton
Beautiful landscapes, adorable animals, relaxing nature and hiking trails. Plan a trip to Sutton for the day and enjoy a self-guided or guided farm tour, discover four kilometers of interpretive nature trails, picnic with mountain views and visit the boutique for a selection of items handmade gourmet foods.
No reservation is necessary to visit the farm.

For more information, visit alpagassutton.com.

Farm Guyon

1001, rue Patrick-Farrar, Chambly
There’s plenty to do on this farm which also houses an amazing garden centre, a butterfly house and an extensive covered shop selling local produce. Families can have a bite to eat next to the barn, learn about the world of agriculture and stop to admire more than 400 butterflies, such as the monarch butterfly or the blue morpho. The educational farm and the butterfly house are open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No reservation is necessary.

For more information, visit www.fermeguyon.com.

Forget Farm

7901 Marcel-Villeneuve Avenue, Laval
For a busy day full of outdoor activities, plan a visit to this farm in the heart of Laval. In addition to the pick-your-own fields of fruit, flowers and vegetables, the pretty site offers a playground for children, a mini-animal farm, tasting of homemade products, a self-service picnic area, walks in a tractor and a photo corner. . At the mini-farm, you can meet llamas, calves, pigs and goats, as well as feathered animals such as white geese, ducks and hens. A food dispenser is available to feed them.

For more information, visit farmforget.ca.

Laval Nature Center

​​​​​​901 Park Avenue, Laval
This huge 50 hectare public park is an amazing place to spend the day. There are a ton of activities, including boats for rent on the lake, tropical greenhouses full of flowers, beautiful outdoor gardens, two great playgrounds (one of which is wheelchair accessible), a mini village, fields and ponds. And, of course, a visit to the mini-farm is a must. Spend time with goats, chickens, horses, donkeys, pigs, goats, ducks, rabbits, alpacas and different species of birds. The farm is open every day of the year, but the pasture area is only accessible in summer. During the other seasons, the animals live inside the barn. Access is free.

For more information, visit theaval.ca/naturecentre.

Credit: The Alpacas of the Petite Côte

The Alpacas of the Petite Côte

1423 c. St. Louis, St. Lazare
For a huge dose of cuteness, bring the kids for an interactive tour with the alpacas at this farm. Visitors book ahead to join a guided group farm tour (maximum 15 people) where you can spend time with the alpacas in their enclosures and receive a bucket of grain to feed and get closer to you . You can also take advantage of the “feed and make a fire” package where you can relax and roast marshmallows, and stay tuned for more details on his alpaca-yoga classes starting in July.
One must reserve.

For more information, visit thewww.esalpagasdelapetitecote.com.

PACE farm project

1450 Montée Wilson, Ile-Bizard
Join Project PACE for an interactive guided tour of the farm where families will have the chance to feed and pet animals, such as ducks, rabbits, chickens, goats, sheep, and alpacas. Those who wish to stay longer can participate in activities such as coloring, decorating chicken coops, helping with planting or other seasonal offers. The tour is suitable for children aged 2 and over and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.

For more information, visit projectpace.ca.

Quinn Farm

2495, boul. Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’Ile-Perrot
A favorite of Montrealers, this farm is a popular place to pick strawberries, apples, pumpkins and even Christmas trees. During the summer, families can make a day out of it with a visit to the fun playground, snack on delicious fresh treats from the farm shop, and say hello to the animals. In the barn and outside you can find pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, cows and horses. Some activities require reservations, so be sure to visit the website and Facebook page for more details and to find out about special events.

For more information, visit quinnfarm.qc.ca.

Cap-Saint-Jacques ecological farm

183 ch. from Cap-Saint-Jacques, Pierrefonds
Along with the public beach and beautiful walking and biking trails, this huge natural park is also home to a working farm and a small general store selling local produce and treats. Families can visit the cows, pigs, hens, donkey and goats in the barn or see them outside in the field. Access to the park and farm is free, but visitors must pay an hourly or daily parking fee.

See timetables and details here montreal.ca/fr/lieux/nature-park-of-cap-saint-jacques-ecological-farm

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