Must-Visit Farm Experiences and Garden Shops in the Fraser Valley
From barnyard animals to blooms, the Fraser Valley is abundant with agricultural adventures throughout the year. Experience farm life and shop for high-quality provisions, produce, gifts, and supplies as you journey between farms and garden centres that dot the self-guided Circle Farm Tour.
Many of the family-run farms in this region have been passed down through multiple generations. These farmers have a genuine passion for their craft and dedication to producing high quality dairy, produce, livestock, and agricultural products. Whether you’re visiting with goats, sipping homemade cider, or procuring a perennial, you’re supporting hard-working growers and farmers who spend their days with hands in the soil and faces in the elements.
Here are a few must-visit farm experiences and garden shops along the Circle Farm Tour.
The Fraser Valley’s farms are bustling with activity, offering plenty of hands-on opportunities to welcome the harvest and celebrate the seasons. Choose an experience that piques your interest. Meander through vibrant floral blooms snapping photos and admiring the colours; pick fruit (or a pumpkin); spend time visiting farm animals; or hop on a hayride. Whatever way you explore, you’ll get an up close and personal look at farm life and discover something new.
Get a taste of the country at Taves Family Farms. This three-generation farm offers a host of exciting adventures including hay rides, ponies, and U-pick goji berries, apples and plums. Bite into a crisp apple or sip house-made cider as you explore seasonal experiences like sunflowers, corn mazes, and a pumpkin patch.
Experience the journey from cow to cream at this dairy farm and processing plant. Pick up your milk, whipped cream, yoghurts, and cheeses at the country store, and be sure to stop for an ice cream cone and farm tour, too.
This demonstration farm, in partnership with Science World, provides guests with a first-hand look at innovative technology and sustainable growing practices. They offer camps, workshops, and group tours.
Learn about BC’s freshwater ecosystems and the fish that call them home. The Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery offers guided and self-guided tours, educational programming, birthday parties, and fishing instruction.
This family-run farm offers plenty of ways to sip, savour, and play. Meet the goats (or do yoga with them), pick berries in the summer months, indulge in waffles and Mamma Maan’s cooking, sample berry wine, or browse the farm market. Their signature spooky corn maze in the fall is highly anticipated.
Every spring, these Chilliwack flower fields bloom with millions of tulips and other flowers. Visit the floral attraction to roam through a riot of colour, spread across 20-acres. Tiptoe through tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths as you herald the arrival of a new season.
Visit Chilliwack in the summer months, when towering sunflowers kiss the sky. Stroll through row upon row of Sunrich Orange and Giant Sunflowers, their vibrant petals adding a splash of colour to the lush countryside.
Wind your way through the 12-acre corn maze, which features a fresh, intricate design each year. This family-friendly adventure includes a jumping pillow, with farm animals, tractor rides, and a seasonal pumpkin patch.
It might seem like a dream, but this is the real deal. Fantasy Farms is a hub for seasonally themed family fun. Visit the pumpkin patch, explore a haunted maze, take a wagon ride, bounce on the giant pillow, just to name a few activities.
Step back in time and learn how the pioneers used to farm when you visit BC’s Museum of Rural Life. Explore historic artifacts at the museum, take a tour with farm interpreters, meet the farm animals, and gain a greater appreciation for simpler times.
Let the crimson fields and botanical aromas soothe your soul when you visit this family-run boutique and lavender farm. While there, you can shop for a host of lavender products, as well as artisan honey, infused teas, and Herbes de Provence.
Have you ever milked a cow? Now’s your chance. Take a tour—or a “Safarmi,” as they like to call it—to learn more about this family-run dairy farm. You can also visit the LegenDairy Pumpkin Patch, wander through a corn maze, and visit with some 200 farm animals.
Meet the Huacaya Alpacas with serious personality on your next visit to Kensington Prairie Farm. Sign up for alpaca walks and educational tours to learn more about these quirky creatures, and shop for alpaca products, specialty items, and BC produce in their farm shop.
You don’t have to be an expert green thumb to appreciate the tender, love, and care that goes into growing everything from produce to plants. Wander through the Fraser Valley’s vast garden centres, picking up supplies and purchasing high-quality starters, trees, shrubs and plants. Many garden shops also carry an assortment of locally made gift items, artisan products, art, and other curiosities.
Visit this multi-generational boutique bistro, farm, and garden centre for a taste of the Old World. The boutique-style garden centre offers curated vignettes, styled to inspire the home gardener. Stroll through their on site themed gardens and procure picnic snacks from the bistro.
When you visit this seasonal farm, you’ll be greeted by the floral aroma of thousands of violet lavender plants. Shop for handmade, all-natural products in their boutique, including essential oil, soap, honey, tea, and spa products. If you visit on the weekend, try the lavender ice cream.
This sizable garden centre grows 90% of what they sell. Aside from gardening supplies and products, you can browse for collectables and home accessories. Pick up a fresh-cut bouquet or flower arrangement while you’re there.
Shop for plants, grab a coffee, and hunt for bits and bobs at this popular garden and market, which attracts expert and novice gardeners alike. The Country Garden team grows and sources an incredible array of seasonals, perennials, annuals, and tropical plants to spruce up your home and garden.
Serving the local community for more than 40 years, Cedar Rim is the largest retail and wholesale nursery on the West Coast. Take your pick from an incredible variety of trees, shrubs, perennials and grasses.