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BC Agricultural Tourism
From Farm Tours to Farmers' Market
Agritourists, let us be your guide to the many farms, orchards, dairies, and markets across British Columbia.
BC features a plethora of farmers’ markets, farm tours, loveable livestock, wineries, and harvest festivals throughout the year – so much so it’s hard to known where to start.
Head to central BC for farms, markets, orchards, and dairies found densely throughout the Okanagan Valley and along the Thompson River.
Visit Arlo’s Honey Farm in Kelowna, or the D-Dutchmen Dairy in Sicamous. Davison Orchards Country Village features plenty of kid-friendly activities near Vernon, while Kamloops offers farmers’ markets and the nearby Tranquille Farm Fresh.
Western BC features the agricultural hotspots of Vancouver Island and the Vancouver metropolitan area.
Vancouver features the impressive UBC Farm set on 24 hectares of the University of British Columbia south campus. Agritourist sites throughout the city include Fantasy Farms in Chilliwack, Silverhill Apple Orchard in Mission, and the Bakerview EcoDairy Learning Centre.
Vancouver Island offers picnics and petting zoos at Dan’s Farm & Country Market, plus flower picking at Vantreight Farms – both near Victoria. Don’t miss live jazz at Morningstar Farm, plus Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery tastings, all near Nanaimo.
British Columbia’s northern regions yield many a market and farm tour as well. See the reindeer at the Sewell Valley Game Farm, or pick up organic beauty products at Narnia Farms near Smithers.
British Columbia’s incredible landscape yields some of the best wineries and agricultural adventure in the world – most of which is open to the public.
Central Farms, Orchards & Markets
If it’s a farm you want, a farm you’ll find in central British Columbia. From the produce of the Okanagan Valley to the gardens of BC’s mid-section, agritourism is alive and well in the Pacific Province.
The city of Salmon Arm yields many nearby sites for agritourism. Visit the new lambs at the Harmonious Homestead & Ewe, or enjoy a tour of the Gorts Gouda Cheese Farm.
If it’s a market you seek, Salmon Arm features DeMille’s Farm Market, Pedro Gonzales Farm Market, and the Hanna & Hanna Farm Market & Garden Centre. Northeast in Sicamous, the D-Dutchmen Dairy features fresh milk, signature ice cream, and a mini-zoo.
Vernon visitors are also in for a treat. Don’t miss the Planet Bee Honey Farm & Meadery – best visited during the summer – for the “Tours ‘n’ Tasting” experience. Enjoy live honeybee demonstrations, sample over 15 varieties of honey, and take home a souvenir from the Treasures of the Hive gift shop.
Then be sure to visit the Davison Orchards Country Village, featuring the Crazy Cow Kids Corral, Johnny Popper’s Orchard Tours, and Auntie May’s Deep Dish Café.
Set in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna offers more opportunities for agricultural tourism. Book a tour of the Arlo’s Honey Farm in southeast Kelowna, or visit the Kelowna Petting Zoo at Falcon Ridge Farms – followed by a cup of Echinacea Mint tea.
For a relaxing getaway, the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm offers yoga classes, self-guided garden tours, and treats like handmade lavender ice cream.
Set along the Thompson River, Kamloops features fairs and farms for all visitors. Don’t miss the Downtown Kamloops Farmers' Market from April through October, or September’s Provincial Winter Fair for livestock auctions, and horse shows.
Kamloops is also home to Tranquille Farm Fresh – featuring a corn maze, farmers’ market, and guided historic tours of the farmstead.
BC’s Northern Farms, Markets & Petting Zoos
Agritourists, get excited over the farms, petting zoos, and farmers’ markets of northern British Columbia. Spaced out across the top half of the Pacific Province, agritourism in northern BC features fresh produce and friendly livestock connected by scenic road trips.
The city of Prince George, set north of Quesnel, features plenty of agricultural adventure. Check out Blackspruce Farms in Prince George, and try your hand at daily farm activities like egg collecting, butter churning, honey extracting, and goat milking.
Blackspruce also feautures a bustling petting farm, plus other activities like donkey rides and snowshoeing in the winter.
Set in northwest British Columbia, Narnia Farms is a scenic homestead located in Smithers – set daytrip distance northeast of Terrace. The Narnia farmstead features natural body care products, organic foods, 100 percent beeswax candles, and plenty of lovable livestock.
Located in northeast BC, the Dawson Creek area also yields many agricultural stops for visitors. Check out the Sewell Valley Game Farm for farm tours, livestock feedings petting zoos, and even paddleboat rides and fishing.
Sewell Valley is known for housing a herd of bison, reindeer, and African fallow deer. Just northwest of Dawson Creek, the Barnyard Petting Zoo is set in Farmington and features even more fun with lovable livestock.
For fun further north, cross into Whitehorse, Yukon for more farms, markets and agritourist sites. Don’t miss events operated by the Fireweed Community Market, including the Yukon Made Store, the Homestead Workshop Series, and the Outdoor Market.
Before you stock up, be sure to visit Aurora Mountain Farm, Grizzly Valley Farm, and the stunning Earth Wisdom Farm.
Rain City Farms, Orchards, Dairies & Markets
The Vancouver metropolitan area yields dozens of agritourist sites throughout the city and Vancouver Coast Mountains. Farms, gardens, dairies, and orchards welcome guests throughout the year, so get ready for some agritourism in western BC.
Set at the University of British Columbia’s south campus, the UBC Farm is a 24-hectare “living laboratory” used as a farm, animal habitat, and research facility. Open to the public, the UBC Farm features tours, farm sales, and agricultural workshops.
Just southeast of Vancouver, Langley offers more public farms and gardens. For those with the family in tow, be sure to visit Krause Berry Farms for carriage rides, a petting farm, and the U-Pick Field – where visitors may pick their own berries and crops.
Hungry? Visit On the Porch for farm fresh snacks like fruit pies, kettle corn, and milkshakes – most of which is also found at the Krause Berry Farm Market. Langley also features the 10-acre Vista D’oro Farms, offering Al Fresco picnics, onsite seasonal preserves, and Flowers From A Country Garden – a flower farm allowing guests to pick their own flowers and shop through farm products.
Dairy fans, head to Abbotsford for Birchwood Dairy tours, and the Bakerview EcoDairy Learning Centre – an impressive demonstration farm offering guided tours, animal exhibits, and a learning centre. Set in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford also yields Maan Farms – a kid-friendly berry and vegetable farm bursting with festivities, food, and new animal friends.
An eastern suburb of Vancouver, Chilliwack features even more agritourism in western BC. Visit Fantasy Farms for seasonal events like the Chilliwack Garlic Festival, while gardening enthusiasts need see Minter Gardens – also home to the Chilliwack Farmer's Market.
More agritourist sites are found throughout the Vancouver area. Visit Honeybee Enterprises in Surrey, Silverhill Apple Orchard in Mission, and the Rutledges at Do-Little Farms in Maple Ridge. For more local produce, visit Avalon Dairy – BC’s oldest operating dairy – in Burnaby for certified organic and conventional dairy products.
Western British Columbia Farm Culture
Home to the capital city of Victoria, Vancouver Island offers a vast variety of agricultural sites more than ready for visitors.
The Pacific Province capital area features many nearby farms, markets, and cideries worth visiting. Victoria visitors can check out nearby agritourist sites like Babe’s Honey Farm, Phil’s Farm, and Vantreight Farms for fresh flowers in nearby Saanichton.
If you’re traveling with children, head to Dan’s Farm & Country Market for a petting zoo, scenic picnic sites, and famed cinnamon buns from the onsite bakery. Set in North Saanich, Ruby Red Farms features certified organic blueberries, while Merridale Ciderworks in Cobble Hill offers their popular “Cider, Spirits and Lunch Tours.”
North of Victoria, the Duncan area features more agricultural spots along the Trans Canada Highway. Set in the Cowichan Valley, Stonefield Farm welcomes visitors from April through November in Mill Bay.
Also found in the area, Providence Farm is a therapeutic, organic ranch offering rehabilitation programs and horticultural therapy for any physical, mental and emotionally challenged guests.
Further along the Trans Canada Highway, the Nanaimo area offers more agricultural highlights. Visit Yellow Point Cranberries in Lady Smith along the way, and take advantage of the Cranberries Signature Taste Tour.
Further north in Parksville, Morningstar Farm features seasonal group tours of this classic farmstead, plus self-guided excursions. Open daily throughout the year, Morningstar Farm features a petting zoo, live music events, and tastings at the onsite Little Qualicum Cheeseworks and MooBerry Winery.
Other agricultural stops on Vancouver Island include the Smith Lake Farm in Merville near Courtenay, and the Brackenwood Farm in Port Alberni.