5 Unique Farms to Visit Around Montreal This Summer | Opinion
5 Farm Family Outing Near Montreal
Sunny days got you thinking about a trip to the countryside? There’s nothing quite like a stroll through lush fields on a warm day, or letting the kids run as far as their legs will carry them. A visit to one of the many farms around Montreal is the perfect way to get outside, learn a bit about our local agriculture and enjoy the rural air.
Here are our top 5 picks for unique farm visits around Montreal:
Though it’s a fully functioning farm, it feels as if Quinn Farm were made just for families! Located in Île Perrot, Quinn Farm has a variety of barnyard animals to visit, a large play yard that’s perfect for active kids (including plenty of climbing and running opportunities) and pick-your-own seasonal produce including strawberries, apples, pumpkins, blueberries, sweet corn and more.
They also produce maple syrup and are open for sugaring off season, host a honey festival, sell Christmas trees in winter and have a farm shop that sells baked goods made from farm produce, as well as many locally sourced artisanal products and goods.
This family run bee farm is located in St Eustache and produces a wide range of honey and honey based products including honey mead, honey based beauty and wellness products, beeswax candles and food wrap, delicious honey based condiments and so much more!
A tour of this gorgeous bee farm includes learning how honey is made, seeing the opening of a beehive, a visit to the distillery and of course, some tasting. They also have a mini farm with friendly animals to visit and they also host birthday parties for your little beekeeper in training.
You don’t know relaxed until you’ve taken a stroll through an actual lavender field. Both La Maison Lavande in St Eustache and Bleu Lavande near Magog offer guided tours of their fragrant fields, a variety of beauty and wellness products scented with lavender AND massage therapy by appointment.
They also host a variety of events including live music, art workshops, tasting sessions and even yoga retreats. Be sure to check out their activities lists and prepare yourself for deep relaxation.
Looking for something a little different? Écopêche is a trout (yes, the fish) farm that’s open to the public for… fishing! Located in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, Écopêche has two large ponds open for fishing withno permit required. Included in the very low admission price is free fishing equipment rental and cleaning and packing of any fish you catch.
There is also a playground, a covered picnic area and rabbits and hens to visit. You can even rent a BBQ on site to grill up your catch of the day!
If you need a reason to visit an alpaca farm, you clearly have never seen an alpaca before. Take a moment to check out some of the pictures on Alpaga Sutton’s website, especially their “featured alpaca”. Go on… we’ll wait…
Convinced? We thought so!
These irresistibly fluffy, perpetually smiley animals can bring a smile to just about anyone’s face. If you can drag yourself away from the alpacas, you can also take in the gorgeous view of rural Sutton at the farm’s observation and picnic area, take a stroll along the nature trails, learn about the many uses of alpaca wool and visit the farm shop where you can buy some snuggly alpaca wool goods!
Want to experience a whole new trend in farming? Lufa Farms is actually a series of impressive rooftop gardens in and around the city growing fresh, local produce year round! They occasionally host open house events to educate the public on their mission and how they work. As they are not outdoors, these gardens are open and operating year round.