Venture beyond the borders of major Canadian cities this autumn for some R&R in the countryside. As restrictions continue to lift across the country, and as we head into peak leaf-viewing season, there has never been a better time to dip your toes into agritourism in Canada by visiting farms turned into vacation homes. Here are five cozy farm stays that make for a perfect weekend getaway this fall:
Mrya Canyon Ranch
In the heart of British Columbia, beside the Kettle Valley Railway and just 20 minutes from Kelowna city centre, find Myra Canyon Ranch, an outdoor paradise blending Canadian farm stay, adventure park, and equestrian activities all in one. The ranch houses an incredible award-winning wooden lodge. Rent a durable mountain bike on-site and explore the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, or try your hand at horseback riding to immerse yourself in Kelowna’s full autumnal colours.
The Harbour House Hotel
The Harbour House Hotel, on Salt Spring Island, B.C., was recently renovated for a more luxe crowd, but you can still find the small organic farm at the back of the hotel. It is home to a number of animals, as well as over 100 maple trees and a variety of fruits and vegetables, and everything served at the on-site restaurant is organic and grown on the property. Wake up to enjoy the sunrise over Ganges Harbour from your bed, then visit Salt Spring’s famed Tuesday and Saturday farmer’s markets to buy fresh, autumnal produce, and walk through Ganges Village to enjoy the changing leaves.
Foxingham Farm Bed & Breakfast
Foxingham Farm Bed & Breakfast, tucked away in Mulmur, Ontario, near the Blue Mountains, makes for an exceptional alternative getaway to the popular ski village. The B&B is housed in an 1890s Victorian house on the Pine River and set amidst 24 acres of land. Stroll through the English country garden and trek the private hiking trails, admiring striking fall foliage still in its prime. This charming Canadian vacation spot is one for the ages.
La Cache à Maxime
Sleep, eat, and drink on a working vineyard at La cache à Maxime, in the Beauce region south of Quebec City. Here, guests have the choice between plush hotel suites and more rustic on-site cottages. The cottages ooze of hygge, with a roaring fireplace, expansive outdoor patio to enjoy an eyeful of colourful views, and cozy seating. Breath in the autumnal air during a 90-minute private pranala yoga session in the heart of the vineyard to leave feeling renewed and centred.
South Pond Farms
South Pond Farms is a farm stay all about creating and connecting. Located in Pontypool, Ontario, the farm is home to an ever-rotating event schedule: full moon suppers, brunch in the barn, culinary workshops, and even floral workshops. Nestle into its new off-site accommodation, a charming timber-frame log cottage, next to a picturesque pond and peaceful walking trails, where pops of gold, red, burgundy, orange maple leaves can be seen.
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