Escape the city of Ottawa to the freshness of the local farms, that are abundant and ready to welcome you this summer! Pick your own delicious fruit and food, make new animals’ friends, and learn about habitats and conservation along the way!
Fun Farms & Petting Zoos
Valleyview Little Animal Farm
Valleyview Little Animal Farm is a terrific day to spend the day with the whole family. Meet the cute farm animals including pigs, goats and rabbits, enjoy a puppet show and a train ride and learn at the old country museum!
Where: 4750 Fallowfield Road, Nepean
Little Rays Nature Centre
Littles Rays are the area’s largest conservation for animals, where you can learn and play with a wide variety of mammals and reptiles. Their goal is to educate visitors on animal welfare while having a ton of fun.
Cost: Private tours (90 mins) $150. Private sloth encounter (30-40 mins) $195, VIP encounter (90 mins) $345
Where: 2781 Colonial Road, Ottawa
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Impress the whole family with a visit to Parc Omega, where you can get up close and personal, from the comfort of your car. Imagine a safari but in your own vehicle. You will get to interact with animals such as bears, racoons, red foxes, boars, and so much more. You can also enjoy the footbridge in the trees, museum, and visit the grey wolf observation.
Cost: Entrance adults 16 to 64 years olds. $ 33.05. Entry for seniors 65 years and over, $30.44, Child entry 6 to 15 years old -$ 26.09, 2 to 5 years – $ 13.92
Where: 399 Route 323 Nord, Montebello
Get lost in a maze, reach new heights on the jumbo jumpers, watch a puppet show, reach high speeds on the 40-inch witch mountain slide, relax, shop and so much at the fun-filled Saunders’s Farm.
Where: 7893 Bleeks Road, Munster
The Papanack Zoo
Love animals?! A visit to the Papanack Zoo is sure to delight you as you can meet monkeys, snow leopards, lemurs, owls, crocodiles and so much more. You will learn all about the habitats, interesting facts! The Papanack Zoo now also offers summer camps including junior zookeepers.
Where: 150, County Road 19, Wendover
Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch & Country Market
Combining all the fun of a farm visit, Hugli’s has it all – a mere 50 minutes from downtown Ottawa! At Hugli’s, you can pick your own berries, slide down the blueberry hill tunnel slide, explore the pirate ship, meet the cute goats, horses, peacocks, chickens, and more, dig in the sandboxes! Of course, no visit is complete without a visit to the Country Market for delicious ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, or snacks!
Where: 2139 Greenwood Rd, Pembroke
Vanderland – the barnyard Zoo
Enter Vanderland! At Vanderland you get to enjoy the beauty and serenity of nature and interact and pet unique animals like miniature horses, potbelly pigs, guinea pigs, donkeys and more. Each animal has their own story! Plus, the farm offers super fun horse rides for you to get acquainted with these beautiful animals.
Where: 11827 County Road 5, Winchester Springs
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The Log Farm
The Log Farm has been educating and pleasing Ottawa’s residents since 1854! Join the fun with a visit to meet and feed the animals, play on the play structures, enjoy a relaxing walk in the woods, and have a picnic! Plus, every Saturday there’s a luscious farmers market for farm-fresh produce to take home.
Where: 670 Cedarview Rd, Nepean
Land O’ Lakes Rescue
Teach the little ones in your life all about pet rescue and conservation with a visit to the Land O’ Lakes, were sick, injured or abandoned farm animals get a second chance at life1 There are plenty of lovely, friendly animals to meet and interact with – you can even get a cuddle from turkey!
Where: 1200 Road 506 Cloyne
Serendipity Farm & Sanctuary
At Serendipity Farm & Sanctuary you can get up close and personal with the unique alpacas and llamas! These sweet animals are friendly and are keen to meet you! You can do so with a llama walk or farm tour! With the one-of-a-kind llama walk, you will have your own leashed llama to stroll with!
Where: 929 South Lavant Road, Lanark
Maple Hill Urban Farm
The Maple Hill Urban Farm is a delight for those wanting to escape the city for some great country experiences. It is a 20,000-hectare expanse including wetlands, farmlands and forest to enjoy. Explore the farm, wave hello to the animals including chickens, ducks, alpacas, butterflies, purchase fresh products, have a go at the maze (Ottawa’s longest-running one!), or maybe even rent your own garden plot!
Where: 200 Moodie Drive, Ottawa
Sultan Farm Sanctuary
With a story of “from suburbs to sanctuary,” Sultan is an awesome spot to pick your own sunflowers this summer, starting from August. Guests are asked to donate in return with money going directly to the family-run and operated sanctuary, which goes to protecting and helping in-need animals.
Where: 8520 Flewellyn Rd, Ashton
Shouldice Berry Farm and Market
Not far from the city centre of Ottawa, shop local at the family-friendly Shouldice farms, where you can pick your very own raspberries and strawberries fresh from the field. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing!
Where: 2110 Merivale Rd, Nepean
For delicious, juicy strawberries, opt for a fun day out at Proulx Farm! Proulx Farm is where you can pick your own strawberries! Here, they are sold by the container so you can get as many strawberries to your heart’s content!
Where: 1865 O’Toole Rd, Cumberland
Rideau Pines Farm
At Rideau Pines Farm, experience nature and serenity and its finest. Here you can spend the day with your family picking farm-fresh produce for delicious home-cooked meals. Items available at the farm included (but not limited to) dill, garlic, potatoes, onions, raspberries. Plus, it’s only 25 minutes from Ottawa!
Where: 5714 Fourth Line Rd, North Gower
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The impressive Eardley Farm is having another abundant season! Here you can enjoy a fun day out picking fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries from their field. What will you make with the berries you pick?!
Where: 398 Chemin Eardley, Gatineau
Cannamore Orchard Farms
For over 30 years, Cannamore Orchard Farms have provided people with juicy fruits in their u-pick farms. Here you can select strawberries and apples fresh from the plant and tree. A special day out for the whole family to enjoy.
Where: 1480 County Road 32, Crysler
Orleans Fruit Farm
The harvest at Orleans Fruit Farms is certainly worth a visit! Here you can pick strawberries, or purchase honey, maple syrup and jam, all grown on-site.
Where: 1399 St-Joseph, Ottawa (Orléans)
Millers Farm and Market
Explore Millers! The U-Pick at Millers runs June – October and offers visits the chance to pick your own berries, including strawberries, raspberries, currants and gooseberries!
Where: 6158 Rideau Valley Drive, Ottawa
Balderson Blueberries are totally lush! The farm offers nine varieties of delicious berries ready and waiting to be picked and taken home to enjoy. Bring your own containers or buy one there.
Where: 211 Keays Rd, Balderson
Beckwith Berries Farm
The strawberries are plentiful at the beautiful Beckwith Berries Farm. You can pick your own which you can make delicious treats (strawberry tarts, anyone!?) or pop them in healthy smoothies!
Where: 9961 Cavanagh Road, Carleton Place
Dentz Orchard and Berry Farm
Just south of Ottawa, Dentz Orchard and Berry Farm have been offering visitors delicious pick your own berries since the 70s! Their farm offers strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, and apples.
Where: 4766 County Road 16, Iroquois
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Mississippi Berries is dedicated to offering visitors fresh and high-quality strawberries! You can pick your own yummy treats.
Where: 2430 Ferguson Falls Rd, Lanark
Are you a fan of the mesmerizing lavender? With its many benefits, LouLou Lavender is a great spot to U-pick and to experience and purchase Canada-made lavender-based products including sachets, soap, honey, plants, cards and so much more. Bring on the lavender!
Where: 19918 Maple Rd, Williamstown
Ferrier’s Scotch Farm
With over 8 different types of sunflowers, there are plenty of beautiful sunflowers to pick at the farm this season. Sunflowers bring a pop of colour and happiness to every room!
Where: 2579 Scotch Line Road, Perth