5 Unique Farms to Visit Around Montreal This Summer | Opinion

5 Farm Family Outing Near Montreal

A perfect way to get outside

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.

A barn house with mountains in the back

Here are our top 5 picks for unique farm visits around Montreal:

1. Quinn Farm

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.

Moreover, they offer a wide range of programs, such as summer camps, birthday parties, and educational tours. It’s an excellent way to introduce kids to farming life. Further, they offer activities like wagon rides and corn mazes during the fall season. You can also rent some of their facilities for special events. It’s a great spot for family fun!

2. Intermiel

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.

Further, they also offer educational programs and workshops to help people learn more about honeybees and how to protect them. They’re a wonderful way to gain a better understanding of the important role bees plays in our environment. It’s a great spot for the whole family!

5 Unique Farms to Visit Around Montreal

3. La Maison Lavande or Bleu Lavande

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.

Also, you can pick up some of their delicious products like herbal teas, salad dressings, jams and jellies, spices, and essential oils made from the lavender harvested on-site. It’s a great spot for a romantic getaway or to spend some time with your family. It’s a great way to take in the beauty of nature and unwind. You’ll leave feeling refreshed.

4. Écopêche

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!

It’s an excellent spot for a family outing or a day with friends. A great way to connect with nature and practice the art of patience, it’s sure to be a fun and rewarding experience. Plus, you get to take home your catch! It’s an unforgettable adventure. You won’t want to miss it!

5 Unique Farms to Visit Around Montreal

5. Alpagas Sutton

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…

Also located in Mont-Saint-Grégoire, this lovely alpaca farm will provide you with all the cuteness you could ever need. Not only do they offer alpaca walks and visits, but their shop is stocked with a variety of handmade items made using alpaca wool. This includes gorgeous sweaters, scarves, mittens, and more.

The farm also offers year-round educational programs for school groups and workshops for adults and children. Alpaga Sutton is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon with your family or a date with your sweetheart. They also host a variety of events, so be sure to check out their calendar for the latest updates.

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!

It’s a truly unique experience and is sure to be an unforgettable one! Alpaga Sutton is the perfect spot for a day trip with a difference. Go visit some alpacas and get your fill of cuteness! You won’t regret it!

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BONUS: Lufa Farms

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.

Additionally, they offer community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions to those who want to purchase weekly produce boxes. Take a tour, and learn about how rooftop gardens are a viable way to produce fresh fruits and vegetables in an urban environment. It’s the perfect spot for those who are looking for an eco-friendly and sustainable way to enjoy local produce. It’s also a great activity for the whole family!

Learn about the process and come away with a newfound appreciation for urban farming. Lufa Farms is an intriguing and innovative adventure you won’t want to miss!

Bottom Line

Montreal is an amazing city full of unique and interesting places to explore. Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing, a romantic date, or just an opportunity to learn something new, these five spots are sure to provide you with a memorable experience. So skip the regular tourist attractions and head out to one of these amazing spots!

Montreal has something for everyone to enjoy, from alpaca farms and rooftop gardens to fishing ponds. So go ahead and explore—you won’t be disappointed! Whether you’re looking for a fun outdoor adventure or a peaceful day of relaxation, these five places offer something for everyone. So start planning your next visit to Montreal now! You won’t regret it. Happy exploring!

Do you know of a unique or special farm visit experience near Montreal? Please share it in the comments!

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