Apr 2

12 Fraser Valley Farm Experiences to Make the Most of Spring

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Temperatures in British Columbia are rising again, so it looks like we’ve finally thawed out the last drop of winter— the perfect time to shake off your hibernation and head outside! Following the Circle Farm Tour is just the ticket to awaken your senses. With stops all around the Fraser Valley, the self-guided tour of farm experiences is one of our favourite ways to welcome spring. 

There’ll be fresh flowers and produce, handmade treats with the best seasonal ingredients, and plenty of farm animal friends venturing out from the barn to say hello to, and this is just the beginning of the country charms you’ll find around the Valley this time of year. For our friends in the United States, all of these listings are a short drive from the border, so keep them in mind for your next impromptu day trip. Let’s saddle up and ride out! 

Farm Experiences in Langley

1. Eagle Acres Farm

A local favourite for school groups and sightseers alike, this family-run dairy farm gives an engaging look at how milk is produced and how cows are cared for. In addition to an authentic farm and agricultural land experience, Eagle Acres has two unique programs for visitors to explore. On the Bucket List Tour, you can learn how to make butter, milk a cow and even visit with the calves. Then, with the Spring Animals experience, you’ll meet all the newest members of the barnyard family. Say hello to baby chicks, kittens, bunnies, kid goats, lambs and calves— selfies are highly encouraged! Always a crowd pleaser, you can count on Eagle Acres farm tours for a solid family outing.

2. Sinocan Estate Winery

One of the Fraser Valley Regional District’s newest wineries, this gorgeous country locale offers estate-grown wine and a lush garden property. Thanks to the sprawling grounds, it has quickly become a mainstay for events and wedding receptions, perfect for photos or just wandering with a glass of fresh blueberry wine. And you can always make it a weekend of wine tasting by staying at one of their fabulous guest suites.

3. Milner Valley Cheese

If you’re keen to try a selection of farm-fresh cheeses, look no further! You’ll find this character-rich, 5th-generation heritage family farm and goat dairy nestled into the Milner Valley. Stop by and sample their award-winning cheeses: feta, chèvre, and specialty Milner Jack, a Colby-style cheese. They even have guided tours and a dedicated viewing area for when it’s time to milk— and trust us, these adorable goats will steal your heart! Milner Valley Cheese is just one of the stops you can make on the local cheese trail, a must-do for foodies in the area.

Farm Experiences in Chilliwack

4. Greendale Acres

Spring has never been sweeter than at Greendale Acres. With a garden display with over 50 thousand bulbs planted in unique designs, visits with Lily the baby doll sheep, and events such as their 1st Annual Plant Swap or Star Wars Dress Up Day, there are so many things to do at this family farm that you might need to come back for another visit. It’s a sure bet for anyone looking for a magical spring experience.

5. Farmhouse Brewing Co.

If you’ve been itching to relax in the country sun with a local craft beer, then here’s a must-hit brewery patio for you. An impressive tap list, all made with fresh, local ingredients, makes this a beer lover’s paradise. The open green space with picnic tables is perfect for watching the kiddos run around, and the dog-friendly patio means even the furry family members can attend. Be sure to try out the Strawberry Rhubarb Sour or the U-Pick Radler for an added boost of springtime flavour. The woodfire oven produces some of the best calzones and thin-crust pizzas you’ve ever had, and when night falls, the patio lights up with strings of twinkling bulbs for a little added romance to the mood.

6. Atchelitz Threshermens Association – Pioneer Village

A fascinating look at unique machinery from decades past, this farm museum invites visitors to marvel at how far we’ve come. A gas-powered washing machine? It somehow exists, and you’ll find it here. Each large room is bursting with antique technology, from carriages to service vehicles. Wander through the aisles and then enjoy a picnic on the peaceful grounds while you ponder your next invention.

Farm Experiences in Harrison

7. Homestead Cider

Boasting tasty cider made with farm-grown apples, Homestead has done an impeccable job capturing that fresh Fraser Valley flavour. The rolling rows of trees in the orchard speak to just how close you are to tasting the fruit right off the branch. Crack an icy bottle of Farmhouse Dry, or Wild Blackberry and wile away the day with a quaint view of the valley greenery.

8. Kilby Historic Site

A glimpse into life during the 1900s, these rural community grounds take you far from the land of ringtones and appointment reminders. Home to a heritage post office, hotel, and a 1906 general store museum complete with original merchandise, this historical site shows just what a bustling town Harrison Mills once was. Visitors can roll up their sleeves and learn the bygone skill of butter churning or even rope making, and for anyone looking to extend their stay a bit longer, the site has a beautiful lakeside camping area.

9. Harrison Lavender

There really is nothing quite like the smell of fresh lavender. The natural fragrance at Harrison Lavender is so refreshing you’ll wonder if you’ve been using your senses to their full capacity. Located on a small farm near Harrison Lake, the pastel-coloured field yields a variety of artisanal products such as soap, candles, lemonade, and even ice cream!

Farm Experiences in Abbotsford

10. Taves Family Farm

The Taves family welcomes you to an authentic country experience with fruit picking, animals, and freshly made cider. Passed down through three generations, the farm has a homey feeling through and through as they frequently host family-friendly events. Check their upcoming schedule for springtime happenings that kids, young and old, will enjoy!

11. Ripples Winery & New Wave Distillery

Let’s raise a glass to spring cocktail menus! Ripples is a stylish and relaxed winery/distillery that creates all kinds of sensational things to sip. We’re partial to the blueberry lavender fizz and the hibiscus margarita, but feel free to sample the stellar drink list yourself. A great date night option, the cozy bonfires offer premium quality time with someone special as you share a wine flight.

12. Windberry Farms’ Butterbox

A self-serve farm market stand, this little shop exudes the country philosophy of, “help yourself!” Based on the honour system, shoppers can stop in for fresh farm eggs, produce, honey, and fresh bread on Saturdays. They even accept credit and debit! If you haven’t been out of the city for a while, this little experience will put you into a more relaxed community vibe.