They may have hooves or paws; and speak in “Bleat”, “Neigh” or “Tweet”, but these guys make fantastic new friends! Here is a list of all places you can hang out with some critters.


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Arion Therapeutic Farm

Volunteer-run farm where the animals are friends not food. Featuring a vegan cafe and programs on organic farming, animal care, plant-based cooking and more! Come visit the sheep, goats, cows, pigs, alpacas and several other critters!

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Caldwell Heritage Farm

Commune with the cows and chickens, gather eggs, pick veggies, tour the antique farm-equipment collection and visit the farm distillery tasting room!

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Camelot Haven Alpacas

Meet and observe alpacas in their natural environment. Learn more about them and their amazing fiber through a guided educational tour. This is not a petting zoo, however you may touch them if they come to you.

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  • 6841 Raven Road VERNON (see map below)
  • SEASON: all year
  • OPEN: appointment only
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Carmelis Goat Cheese

Boutique goat-milk farm featuring a variety of cheeses and 24(ish) flavours of gelato! Come hang out with the the goats.

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  • 170 Timberline Road KELOWNA (see map below)
  • SEASON: March - October
  • OPEN: every day (March is weekends only)
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Davison Orchards Country Village

Family-run farm village and orchard featuring a bakery, cafe, country market, fresh produce, farm animals, playground and activities for kids, as well as seasonal events including apple picking, pumpkin patch and hay rides.

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OUR REVIEW: We love Davidson's! This funky and picturesque farm is perfect for all ages, and includes the use of several huge farm-themed playgrounds, as well as visits with animals. You may also want to purchase a ticket for their tractor train ride. It's a fun place to have lunch, buy produce and baking, and spend the afternoon.

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  • Admission is free
  • Bring quarters if you want to feed the animals (pellets are in bubble gum machines)
  • Gets busy on weekends, but the staff is great at making sure you find parking, and keeping lines moving.

Don-O-Ray Farm Adventure

Hold the ducks, chickens, bunnies and baby chicks. Feed the ponies and goats. Run through the hedge maze, check out the farm market and ice cream parlour, and get a free airbrush tattoo in the farm tattoo shop!

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Janzen Garlic Acres

Family-owned garlic farm where you can feed the barnyard animals and take tractor-wagon rides!

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Kangaroo Creek Farm

Want to hold a baby kangaroo? Me too! This family-friendly farm is home to kangaroos, wallaroos and wallabies, as well as emus, peacocks, fancy chickens, goats, parrots, potbellied pigs, and a capybara. And yes, you can snuggle the joeys!

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OUR REVIEW: We love this place! You get to walk right into the pens and pet the animals. It's a little jungle oasis that has a you feeling like you've landed in Austrailia.

FYI: They accept cash only. Parking is out on the street, so you may be walking a little ways to the entrance (the earlier you arrive, the better the parking). Also, there is a steep hill at the entrance so for those with mobility challenges, you may want to plan for some assistance.

Kelowna Stables @ Myra Canyon Ranch

Horse back riding for any level (starting at age 3) plus frisbee golf and adventure park with arial treetop courses!

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  • 4675 June Spring Road KELOWNA (see map below)
  • SEASON: all year
  • OPEN: by appointment
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McMillan Farms

A Fall farm with a corn maze, hayrides and barnyard animals.

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Noble Wellness Studio

A holistic farm featuring all sorts of events including… GOAT YOGA!

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Okanagan Lavender and Herb Farm

Lavender products made onsite, gardens, and Pollinators! Alright, the critters have wings instead of legs but they are pretty amazing too.

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Okanagan Stables

Go ride a horse! These guys offer a variety of rides from an introduction to horseback, to a full-day cattle drive!

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  • 12862 Talbolt Road LAKE COUNTRY (see map below)
  • SEASON: May - late Fall
  • OPEN: by appointment
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O’Keefe Ranch

Historical ranch with with all the original buildings to tour and learn about. Restaurant onsite, corn maze in Fall, and a barnyard with all sort of farm animals to visit.

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Our Review: Our favourite time of year to visit the O'keefe Ranch is in Fall for the corn maze! There is a mini-food truck village and pumpkin cannon. Overall this is a great place to visit with the kiddos and have a meal in the restaurant.

Parrot Island

Sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic birds.

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Planet Bee

Step into the amazing world of the honeybee, learn all about them and watch them live and in action. Check out the honey and mead tastings. And shop the onsite store featuring a variety of honey and wax products!

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  • 5011 Bella Vista Road VERNON (see map below)
  • SEASON: all year (daily presentations July & August)
  • OPEN: every day
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Our Review: Awesome place to purchase honey and learn how it's made.

Turtle Valley Donkey Refuge

This farm is located in Chase which is about 1 hour from Vernon (it’s part of the Shuswap not the Okanagan, however it is a pretty neat place to visit if you’re up for the drive). Come visit with the donkeys on a working farm.

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Here is where they all are 👇