Winter may not be the season you think of when you hear the word farms. You head to farms in the summer to pick berries or in the fall to pick apples and pumpkins, but what can you pick at farms in the winter? Well, there are two types of winter farms in Ontario that are totally worth it for your next day trip.
Head over to some of the adorable Christmas tree farms to cut down your very own trees for the holiday season or visit a sugar shack that harvests their very own maple syrup!
Both of these farms offer unique activities that are both super fun and totally Canadian. No need to buy your Christmas trees or maple syrup from the local Loblaws, get the real experience this season!
Located near Hamilton and just about an hour drive outside of the city, you'll find the adorable Pinedale Farm! They have a huge variety of different trees to choose from in all different sizes, for whatever you're looking for. They will be open on the last weekend of November until December 24th for Christmas tree cutting. You can bring your own saw or rent one at the entrance!
Horton Tree Farms
Horton Tree Farms is one of the best places to go to this winter if you want a perfect day trip from the city. Here you can cut your own Christmas tree as well as enjoy their maple syrup sugar shack! They have 3 different Christmas tree farms near Toronto to choose from and their maple syrup festival starts on March 9th.
Laura's Christmas Trees
If you want to chop down your own tree for the holiday season and have the real authentic experience, head over to Laura's Christmas Tree farm near Collingwood, Ontario. They have a huge selection of different trees like White and Scotch Pines, and Blue, White, and Norway Spruce! There are tons of walking trees around the farm as well free hot chocolate, candy canes, and dog treats on the weekends.
White Meadow Farms
White Meadow Farms is a maple syrup farm that is perfect for a winter day trip. They offer sugar bush treks where you can learn all about the maple syrup harvesting process and eat some classic snow-covered maple syrup on a stick. They also have a maple syrup sweet shop with tons of delicious maple sweets for purchase after your adventure!
Gammondale Farm is most known for their adorable pumpkin festival in the fall, but they also offer tons of fun activities when the farm becomes blanketed in fluffy white snow! They offer horse-drawn sleigh rides starting in December and running until January 7th. You'll also receive unlimited hot chocolate and other warm beverages. You can choose to bring your own food along to enjoy a picnic in their log cabin!
MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm
Head over to the MacPherson Christmas Tree Farm located in Stouffville, Ontario this winter. You'll get to cut down your own tree for the holiday season but they also offer free hot chocolate and wagon rides across the property! Each tree costs $50, no matter the size but remember that they're cash only before you head out.