Herald the arrival of spring – the most anticipated of seasons – by immersing yourself in the flora and fauna of Harrison River Valley! The best parts of spring include the buds and blooms of fresh flowers, checking out farms on the Circle Farm Tour (including meeting the farm animals), and shedding heavy winter layers to get outside and enjoy nature: and you can do it all here!
BLUE CLOVER CREATIONS FLOWER STAND
Nothing says spring quite like a fresh floral bouquet! It’s a great way to bring spring inside and freshen up your home or surprise a loved one! Here’s where to pick up some colourful blooms:
Blue Clover Creations | 6352 Golf Road, Agassiz
Holly Tree Florist & Gifts | 7220 Pioneer Avenue, Agassiz
Onos Greenhouses Flower Stand | 1694 Tranmer Road, Agassiz
Garden House | 52905 Yale Road, Rosedale
Although the lavender doesn’t bloom until summertime, watch for Harrison Lavender to announce their shop’s reopening date in April. From lavender teas to candles, soaps to bath bombs, they have an amazing selection of products for bath and body, home and wellness, culinary products, and gift sets. In the meantime, you can order directly from their online shop!
Welcome spring at the green and lush Earthwise Agassiz Farm for their Volunteer Open House on April 1 from 11 am-12:30 pm. Learn more about Earthwise and their organic farm, stewardship initiatives, and volunteer opportunities. Warm drinks and treats are included. Take a walk on the Earthwise Society Wetland Trail, a 1.5km loop trail that leads you to the lavish green wetlands of at the base of Agassiz Mountain and back to the farm.
Mark your calendars: The Deroche Farmer’s Market is holding its first market of the year on May 13. It’s a great place to pick up bedding plants for your garden. And watch the social media accounts for Agassiz Farm Fresh Market for their opening date (to be announced).
KILBY HISTORIC SITE
Did you know that spending time with animals helps decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, and lowers blood pressure? Spring is a wonderful time of year to visit our local farms and meet the farm animals!
Kilby Historic Site opens for the season on April 6. Part of rural farm life includes their Waterloo Farm Museum, which includes many feathered and furry friends. The best part – you are welcome to interact with and feed the animals. Meet Peppermint the goat, Fred the turkey, Sammy the sheep, Hansel and Gretel (geese), Victoria and Elizabeth (pigs), Lassie and Tiger (cats), as well as rabbits, cows, chickens and more! You’ll also enjoy wandering the grounds, seeing the many buds and blooms opening in their neatly-kept gardens, and visiting the historic buildings! And be sure to book your spot for Kilby’s White Rabbit Easter Weekend, taking place April 8 & 9, 11 am-3 pm both days. Alice in Wonderland-themed fun will delight the whole family, and kids will love participating in the egg hunt on Saturday. Pre-order your Mad Hatter Lunch Box featuring mini sandwiches, veggies & dip, Queen of Heart treats and beverages for only $17 + tax. Call 604-491-4932 or email [email protected] to book.
Join Creekside Cheese and Creamery for their spring Farm Tours! Spend time with your family on the farm and meet the resident cows, chickens, and pigs. Tour the farm and enjoy a free cheese and milk sample. Tours take place on March 25 and April 1 at 10:30 am. To book, send them a direct message on their Instagram or Facebook account, indicating which date you want to attend, and how many will be attending.
BREATHE IN THE WILD – FRESH AIR EXPERIENCES
CAMPBELL LAKE TRAIL (HARRISON GRIND)
Shed your winter woollies and embrace the joys of spring by getting outside to breathe in the wild of the Harrison River Valley. Revitalize your senses and well-being outside, where you’ll experience both fauna and flora on your outdoor adventure.
Soak in the healing aspects of the forest with Yadoma Forest Therapy. Guided therapy walks connect you to nature and promote wellness of mind and body. Individual and group walks are available, as well as Night Sky Meditations. Or choose Yadoma’s Forest Fun option: it brings together children of all ages for forest play in an engaging and inquisitive way, resulting in beautiful moments of joy and gratitude.
The Harrison River Valley’s wondrous variety of hiking trails will put a pep in your step and give you an opportunity for wildlife spotting and bird-watching. See if you can spot the first robin of spring and enjoy the colours of wildflowers as they poke their sleepy heads out of the earth after their winter slumber. Bring a friend and enjoy our easy trails such as the East Sector Trail System, the Miami Bridges Trail, or the Lagoon Trail. For a bit more exercise, take the Sandy Cove/Whipporwill Point Trail, or if you’re up for a great workout, hike the challenging Harrison Grind (Campbell Lake Trail) or Bear Mountain.
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