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Topsy Farms

You’ll be knee-deep in sheep!

Topsy Farms is a pretty cool experience right from the get-go. To get there you have to take a short and free ferry ride over to Amherst Island.Which, is also an interesting and welcoming spot so make sure to have some extra time to explore. Once you arrive on the island, head to the north-west corner where Topsy Farms is located and you’ll find this fully-functioning sheep farm in action.

Topsy raises happy sheep and depending on the season, you might see lambs being birthed in adjacent fields, or happily frolicking in the fields. You’ll have the opportunity to buy wool blankets and other natural products right at the farm.  And, depending on when you come, you may even get to see the sheep being sheared.

So much to do on the farm:

  • Hiking
  • Sugar Shack
  • Wool hut
  • Yurt
  • Shopping
  • Seasonal events, scavenger hunts and activities
  • Workshops and classes
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Functional dry-stone wall

Release your inner hippy

In 1972 a boatload of free-thinking, peace loving hippies arrived on Amherst Island and Topsy Farms was born shortly thereafter. This is a farm that has held strong to their values and was eco-friendly and environmentally conscious long before those words became mainstream. When you visit, you’re visiting more than just a farm, it’s a way of life, a source of passion and a place to destress and find your roots.

Situated on Amherst Island, the farm’s property includes over 200 acres of bushland and is part of a large forest network that covers a good portion of the island. It abounds with natural life, and continues to the western shoreline to the ‘bluffs’, where cannons once stood during the war of 1812.

Make sure to pack your hiking shoes. There are many re-established pathways that were first used by deer, then cleared by several generations of farmers to gather firewood and to work in the impressive Sugar Shack. You can visit the Sugar Shack any time of the year; to get there, travel down the well-groomed 2 km trail.

Fun Facts

  • A great place to hike
  • Stay overnight in the Yurt
  • Join the online Scavenger Quest
  • Kids will love the Farmyard Scavenger Hunt
  • Take in one of their workshops

     

Location and more details:

14775 Front Road, Amherst Island

Tel: 613.389.3444

topsyfarms.com

 

Farm tips

  • This is a ‘take only pictures; leave only footprints’ kind of place.
  • There are no facilities available on the trail.
  • Topsy Farms reserves the right to close the trails for safety concerns.
  • Hikers need to register at the Wool Shed.
  • Donations of $10 per person are appreciated to help maintain the trails.
  • Visit the Wool Shed to buy products and food to take home.
  • Amherst Island is known for its dry stone walls, make sure to see the one Topsy built on the farm.
  • Go glamping in the yurt.

Stay in a Yurt!

Lake Ontario is right across the road, the sheep are in the fields and your private yurt is just the thing you need for an out-of-the-ordinary stay in an incredible environment. Tucked in the corner of the yard, surrounded by trees and fields, the yurt sleeps 4! Relax among nature on your stone patio with a private fire pit. This really is glamping at its absolute best.

Accommodations close by

If the yurt is unavailable or you are looking for something a little less rustic there are plenty of options nearby. Because after a hard day on the farm, you’re going to want a place to rest.
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