During any season of the year, whether it’s hot and sunny or there’s a chill in the air, visiting a local farm with the family can be a blast. In the spring and summer months the farms are usually much more busy, with petting zoos, pony rides, various activities for the kids, and fresh produce at the farm markets. In the fall, many of these farms have huge pumpkin patches where you can choose your own pumpkins, wander through corn mazes, and go for a hayride. During the winter you’ll see Christmas tree fields, Christmas markets, and other festive events.
Maan Farms, located in Abbotsford, is one of the most exciting farms you can visit throughout the year. Kids can enjoy playing at the Barnyard Adventureland, cruising down the zipline, and visiting the animals in the petting zoo. There’s fun to be had for adults as well, such as Goat Yoga, where you can enjoy a glass of their signature berry wine and participate in a yoga class while the baby goats wander around you. In the fall they run a Haunted Corn Maze and an interactive and terrifying Pitch Black experience. Their Christmas Market opens in the winter months, where you can buy hand-made gifts from local vendors or come early for a crepe breakfast by donation to BC Children’s Hospital.
Taves Family Farms Applebarn
The Applebarn at Taves Family Farms can be found in Abbotsford near the US border. During the spring they put on an Easterfest event for the kids, with egg hunts, bunnies, hayrides, and other fun farmyard activities. They also host an Easter event for adults, with food, beverages, and live music. In the late summer and fall there are a ton of activities for the whole family, such as a visit to the Applebarn Country Store, the petting barn, or the pumpkin patch. Those looking to pick their own produce can U-pick apples, goji berries, and pumpkins, then pay for what you pick when you’re finished.
Open since 1975, Maplewood Farm is located on 5 acres of rural farmland in North Vancouver near Mount Seymour. Here you can visit and feed the animals, watch a milking demonstration, and meet the farm hands. The farm is home to over 200 birds and animals, such as rabbits, sheep, cows, pigs, goats, and horses. Come for the day to play, have a picnic, or book in advance for a pony ride.
Aldor Acres has been operating for over 30 years in Langley since 1988. Their farm is open year round for farm tours, petting zoos, school tours, birthday parties, and other special events throughout the seasons. There’s a Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch in the fall and they operate a Christmas Tree Farm where you can cut your own tree during the winter. During these special events there are tractor pulled hayrides, a market cleverly named as the Farmacy, and a ton of different animals to pet and feed.
Krause Berry Farms
Krause Berry Farms is a 200 acre berry farm located in Langley, operating since 1974. The Estate Winery is open year round, serving wine, waffles, lunch, and assisting with Market purchases such as pies, frozen berries, and frozen foods. The Market and Bakery open up in the spring, along with the U-pick fields where you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and even fresh flowers. This is a farm you should visit on an empty stomach because the berry topped waffles are mind blowing, the pies in the Market are loaded with fresh berries, and you can grab tons of other treats from the Creamery, the KB Corral Waffle Bar, and the Fudgery.
Southlands Heritage Farm
Southlands Heritage Farm is located in Vancouver, allowing you to escape to the farm without ever leaving the city. This farm provides educational experiences to both kids and adults about farming, livestock, and sustainability. They offer pony rides and horseback riding lessons, and they also host spring break and summer camps, birthday parties, and field trips. Their weekly Farmer’s Market is open from June until October and you can visit the Pumpkin Patch from October 1st to 31st. The animals that live on this farm include horses, ponies, goats, sheep, chickens, and ducks.
Eagle Acres Dairy Farm
The Eagle Acres Dairy Farm, located in Langley, is open to school tours, group tours, seniors tours, birthday parties, and drop in tours on certain dates. The various tours take visitors through how a dairy farms work, introduces them to farm animals, or takes them through the pumpkin patch. There are 9 different species of animals on the farm, with a total of over 200 animals living here. Tours and field trips may involve butter making, hand milking, cow and calf feeding, and an introduction to R2D2, the milking robot.
Rondriso Farms is a small-scale, traditional family farm located in Surrey. Their General Store is open year round, selling farm fresh produce and natural beef raised right on the farm. You can purchase their Localicious Produce Box in the summer, fall, and winter, which is filled with seasonal produce harvested fresh that day. On October 1st they open their Pumpkin Patch up to the public and offer hayrides down to the fields where you can choose your own pumpkin. You can also purchase mini-pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, and hay bales from their Farm Stand or visit the cows and chickens before you go.
Westham Island Herb Farm
Westham Island Herb Farm, located in Lander, has been a family run farm since 1916. You can sneak a peek into the past with the historic photos they have posted on their website. Today they grow produce, herbs, strawberries, flowers, and pumpkins. You can U-pick strawberries from the field, purchase a custom picked bouquet from their flower garden, or shop their General Store for jellies, honey, handmade aprons, and other farm fresh goods. Their pumpkin patch features all sizes of pumpkins available in various colors, such as white, grey, orange, red and variegated.
Birchwood Dairy Farm
Birchwood Dairy Farm is a 220 acre dairy farm located in Abbotsford. They offer 45 minute educational guided tours that take you around the farm, into the cow barn to meet the mama cows, through the milking area to learn about the equipment they use, and then into the calf barn to see the newborns. After the tour you’ll be treated to one of their gourmet ice cream cones and will be invited to explore the designated areas on your own. You can also book custom birthday celebrations here or go on your own self guided tour. Within their Country Store you can grab a light lunch and shop for farm fresh dairy products. From June to September you can also visit with the animals in the petting area.
When planning a visit to any of these farms be sure to dress for the environment. Many farms have muddy or uneven ground, so appropriate footwear is important. If there’s a petting zoo, watch out for those tricky goats because they love to eat clothes and nibble on anything else you may have on you. It’s a good idea to wear something you won’t mind getting dirty. Between picking up pumpkins from the ground, sitting in a pile of hay, or rubbing up against the resident livestock, you’re bound to take a bit of the farm home with you on your clothes.