Agritourism in Canada

You probably never heard of exciting things to do in Canada other than being mesmerized with Niagara Falls and being captivated with the beauty of its wildlife. But if you are planning to add a new twist to your adventure in Canada, then introduce yourself to Canada’s agritourism. It may be quite new to a lot of people, but in fact this term is to showcase Canada’s farm (or ranch) life to its tourists.

agritourism

The word farm may take you “aback” but this is the time to change your misconception about farms as a place that smells, a place with no internet or mobile signals and a place synonymous to boring. Agritourism has taken bigger steps to bring people into the farm or ranch and allow them to personally experience activities like feeding animals, picking fruits and learning how vegetables are grown.

Agritourism opens doors (especially to city people) to learn and educate themselves on food production, animal husbandry and farming. It does not hurt to know where your food comes from. This kind of activity makes people aware of how important agriculture is to people’s everyday living and to the country’s economic development.

These days, where everything is done fast and computerized, the laid-back ways and traditional kind of life people enjoy at the farm or ranch are often overlooked. Agritourism’s approach in letting locals and tourists experience living on the farm for days or even months, will teach them to take life easy and gently. In addition to this, children will love to see live animals that most of them see only in books and computer. They can see how jams are made and processed and they can even pick their own fruits and eat them right away.
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Agritourism in the Catskills @I_LOVE_NY

When booking your next family holiday, perhaps you would like to try something a little different, more hands on, and that will bring you closer as a family while learning fun and useful things. Agritourism is growing in both popularity and availability- it is not only an educational experience, but a truly unique and interesting one that the whole family can enjoy.

Hull-o Farm

For many, farming was the way our ancestors made a living, and there are still quite a few Americans today who farm full time. Family farms, however, are fast going the way of horse drawn carriages and mechanical watches- it gets harder every year for small, family owned farms to make a living while large brand owned businesses are in the game and making regulations difficult. Enter agritourism. Not only does this allow family farms to stay afloat, but also gives today’s families and children who often have zero idea what manual and physical labor is, insight to the inner workings of farm life, days gone by, rural living, and a whole day being outside- without a video game in sight.

Hull-o Farm

We recently took such a trip to Hull-O Farms in the Catskills of upstate NY. This is not a petting zoo- you can actually take part in farm chores. You will learn to milk a cow, feed the chickens, find the eggs from the coop, bottle feed baby goats, and more. Your family stays right on site on farm property, eating with the other guests in the large kitchen food prepared by Mrs. Hull herself (many recipes honed after being handed down for generations) and often grown on the farm. The family is the 6th generation of farmers who have lived on the property. Mr. Hull (AKA “Farmer Frank”) was born in a room right off the kitchen. Mrs. Hull prides herself on her pancakes, and with good reason. She has produced a cookbook, sharing some of her secrets with guest (though she refuses to share her pancake recipe) and Farmer Frank has spent years perfecting his sausage patties- yes, made from his own product. You know where your food comes from at Hull-O farms.
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Top 5 Vacation Ideas for Outdoorsy Families

Outdoorsy families usually have it pretty good when it comes to vacation options. However, because there are so many options it can be hard to choose just one. In addition, some families might have younger children, which makes it a challenge to come up with a vacation destination where the littlest ones won’t be absolutely miserable. On top of all that, it is important to choose an outdoors destination that will also be fun for the parents too – so it is crucial that you make your vacation both parent and children friendly, or else it might be a bust. Here are the top 5 vacation ideas for outdoorsy families.

Camping at Yogi Bear Park

Camping at Yogi Bear Park

    Camping is a great option for the whole family, because it is extremely cost effective. Taking your children overseas or even a few states over can be incredibly expensive. With plane tickets and hotel accommodations you are looking
    at thousands upon thousands of dollars. However with camping, all you need is a few backpacks and some tents and you pretty much have everything you need. Because you have kids you probably don’t want to go too far, so sticking around basecamp might be your best option.
    If you are looking for something a little more extreme why not head to Africa for

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