Farms & Barns in YDH | Animal Adventures in YDH

Posted : April 10, 2021

Our blog is chock full of great ideas for fun things to see and do in York Durham and Headwaters. We are always adding new content and updating old posts, but sometimes you might stumble upon something from our vault. If this article has inspired you to hit the road, be sure to double-check that the featured stops in this post are still welcoming visitors.

Interesting Fact: It’s been proven that spending time with animals contributes to better overall mental health and wellness, helping with depression, anxiety and stress. It’s safe to say that with Spring here and summer just around the corner, getting outside to meet some furry friends might be just the ticket!

From the majestic horses at Rawhide Adventures to the spiky headed creatures at Reptilia, opportunities to make a new friend throughout YDH are endless. So pick a day and pack up the car for a day trip you won’t soon forget! Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Heatherlea Farms in Caledon offers visitors a chance to experience the true meaning of ‘farm to table’. Check out the farm shop and witness how the family explores innovative ways to create the promise of the “best tasting and most tender meat your family has ever had!” While there, grab some lunch from the cafe as everything is made from scratch. 


The farm store is open at Landman Gardens and Bakery in beautiful Grand Valley. The odds of finding a treat for everyone are high as the family loves getting creative in the kitchen with ready made meals, meats, eggs, dairy and more….lemon meringue tarts anyone? Yes please! While there, be sure to take a walk around the beautiful ground and snap an instagram-able pic of the replica Scottish Blackhouse. In case you were wondering, a blackhouse was a ‘small, traditional stone-built house, found most commonly in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.’

landman gardens

At Turda Farms Zoological Park in Mono, you can find the bonus of free family fun if you visit on a weekend. The park is 30 acres and home to both farm and exotic animals like goats and lemurs. It’s the perfect family experience as there’s plenty of room to roam. Donations are gratefully accepted and go to the care and food for the animals.

“No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.” Whether it’s your first time putting your foot in the stirrup or you’re an experienced rider looking for an adrenaline pumping adventure, Rawhide Adventures at Peace Valley Ranch has something for everyone. Take a relaxing country forest trail ride or sign up for something on the wilder side like the upcoming cattle drive events, the beautiful horses make the trip worthwhile every time!

Rawhide Adventures

Whichever farm or road trip adventure you choose to take, bring an open mind and a smile and you’ll be sure to have a fantastic time!

Story by Danielle Fernandes

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