Ontario Farm Stays & Experiences
Experience life on the farm — connect with the land, and animals and enjoy the taste of garden-fresh goodness. Live out your dream of being a ranch hand or farmer on these unique Ontario farm visits.
Tips for what to wear on a farm visit:
- Comfortable, sturdy, flat, closed-toed boots or shoes
- Dress in layers, with a sweater or light jacket for fall weather
- A hat and gloves for hand-on activities
- Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty (consider a change of clothes for the trip home)
A family-owned and operated sheep dairy farm south of Owen Sound in Grey Highlands producing small-batch, artisanal dairy and cheese products using traditional, organic farming practices. Farm tours and food events are held throughout the summer and fall, and products are sold at the farm-gate shop.
Details: Book the Saturday Farm Tour & Brunch, a three-hour event that starts at 10 a.m. with a walk around the farm and visit to the barn, followed by a leisurely brunch featuring dairy, cheeses and meats from the farm. Cost is $100 for adults, $50 for kids aged 3 to 7.
Location: 733792 West Back Line RR2, Proton Station, 140 kilometres (about a two-hour drive) north of Toronto
Channel the spirit of the west. Set out on a guided horseback trail ride, enjoy hearty ranch-style meals, chill out poolside, toast marshmallows over your private firepit, and to top it off, stay in a cozy glamping-style covered wagon at this adults-only ranch retreat.
Details: Seasonal, adults B&B glamping from $249 per night, based on two people, includes full breakfast, add BBQ steak, chicken or salmon dinner available (book in advance), call 519-247-3644 for reservations.
Location: 1745 Melwood Drive, Strathroy, 50 kilometres (35 minute drive) west of London
Get the best of both worlds. Located just outside Caledon Village, Alabaster Acres offers visitors a taste of farm life plus the plush experience of luxury glamping. Sign up for gardening, handicraft, canning and other homesteading workshops, visit with the farm animals (learn about their animal-assisted therapeutic programs for people with disabilities) and turn in early to enjoy your ultra-relaxing glamping site.
Details: Three glamping sites available, rates from $300–425 per night, based on two guests (additional guests, including kids, extra), two-night minimum stay in summer, includes continental breakfast. Farm workshops are between 1.5 – 3 hours long, price varies depending on group size.
Location: 18692 Hurontario Street, Caledon, 60 kilometres (less than an hour drive) north of Toronto
Pretty River is an upscale, eco-minded country inn with just 11 accommodation options that feature wood-burning fireplaces, seating areas, fridges and ensuite private bathrooms. The property is also an organic farm and home to reindeer, Icelandic horses, Chantecler chickens, pigs and honeybee hives. Delicious maple syrup and lavender jelly are also produced here.
Details: Adult-oriented (kids over 12 years old welcome), prices vary depending on suite and season, book online. Level 2 electric vehicle charging is available for guests onsite.
Location: 529742 Osprey-The Blue Mountains Townline, Nottawa, minutes south of Collingwood
The ultimate farm-to-table dining experience, chef Michael Stadtländer and his wife, Nobuyo grow and raise organic produce and livestock on their home farm which is used to prepare multi-course meals during their signature dinner on the farm events. Learn about their maple syrup production from the onsite sugar bush, honey production from their apiary and skilled forest foraging.
Details: Call to inquire about upcoming farm dinner dates and to make reservations well in advance. On select days during their dining season (June – mid-September), guests are treated to an outdoor (weather-permitting) eight-course meal that lasts approximately four hours. Cost is $400 per person plus gratuity.
Perched in the rolling hills of Northumberland east of Toronto, this property raises Nigerian Dwarf Goats and offers farm activities like goat yoga, ‘shmurgle-ing’, sunset walks and goat milk soap-making or cheese-making as well as cozy overnight accommodations. Although goats are the main attraction, the farm is also home to alpacas, chickens, Icelandic horses, dogs and a mule named Lucy Mae Bella. Enjoy a light lunch at the Screaming Goat Café and purchase goat cheese and other goat milk products.
Details: Kid-friendly, open Wednesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., costs of experiences and workshops vary, ‘pay-what-you-can’ to visit the farm. Unique glamping-style sleepover or farmhouse accommodations from $250–295 per night based on two people and includes breakfast.
Location: 1166 5th line, Newtonville, north of Port Hope, approx. 100 kilometres (1.5 hour drive) east of Toronto
Littlejohn Farm is an agritourism group getaway experience in rustic-chic Prince Edward County. Get hands-on making charcuterie, cheese or sourdough bread, take a wine tour, join farm workshops and meet the resident chickens, ducks, honeybees, pigs and goats.
Details: The Interactive Farm-to-Table Living Experience is a culinary workshop that captures the essence of farm living and focuses on where our food comes from. Cost is $225 + tax per person.
Location: 908 County Road 10, Picton, in Prince Edward County
Embrace a different pace at this peaceful, over 50-hectare farm and forest, located in the picturesque countryside of the Ottawa Valley. Two comfortable, private, pet-friendly farm-stay cottages are available for rent, and activities include pony rides, horseback trail tours, farm ‘chores’ like collecting fresh eggs, bringing in the donkeys at night and picking fresh vegetables from the garden. Summer kid’s camp and workshops are also offered.
Details: Family-friendly, two and three-bedroom cottages, from $200-$250 +tax per night, two minimum night stay in spring and fall and four minimum night stay in summer.
Location: 3837 Foymount Road, Cormac, 150 kilometres (approx. 1.5 hour drive) west of Ottawa
Located on the shores of Rice Lake in the heart of the Kawarthas, this family-friendly resort has an extensive on-site garden, farm and stables. Tour the garden, feed the chickens, collect fresh eggs, saddle the kids up for a pony ride or take a guided trail ride with neighbours, Stillbrook Riding Stables. ‘Elmhirst’s Own’ food and produce grown on-site is used in the resort kitchen.
Details: Year-round, family-welcoming one to five-bedroom cottages, some with accessible features, select pet-friendly units, book online.
Location: 1045 Settlers Line, Keene, 150 kilometres (1.5 hour drive) east of Toronto
Participate in various tours and workshops at this family-run, Indigenous-owned and operated produce micro-farm. Learn about sustainable agriculture practices such as composting, aquaponics & hydroponics, solar, geometric design, wild edibles and different gardening methods that protect the ecosystem.
Details: Guided one to two-hour tours and workshops are available year-round, by appointment only, payment by cash, two-person minimum.
Location: 3820, Highway 17 East, Mattawa
Various Locations Across Ontario
Chefs, farmers, food producers and food lovers gather to celebrate the bounty of the harvest season with curated outdoor events featuring local food, drink and cheer.
Details: An exclusive event series with limited tickets available, book in advance. Fall events for 2022 include September 18 in Durham Region, September 25 in Temiskaming Shores, October 2 in Simcoe County and October 16 in Niagara Benchlands.
Locations: vary across the province, look for events taking place near you
From pick-your-own to onsite bakeries and produce stands, here’s a list of farms to visit for farm-fresh baked goods and fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables. And visit an Ontario alpaca farm for cute overload.
Last updated: June 30, 2022