If you are planning a getaway in Québec with your family, staying at a farm should be on your list. Québec is known for its orchards and plantations, and many of these have now opened doors for guests, offering the farm experience for those who are otherwise busy in city life all through the year. A visit to fermette Montérégie is not just about staying away from your daily chores, but also about enjoying and experiencing countryside in the most natural settings. Here’s a quick overview of the things you can enjoy at some of these places.
Fruit picking experience
Between July and December, most orchards are open for access and daily visits. From Mid-July, one can take part in the regular fruit picking sessions, starting with cherries followed by plums and pears. Apple picking starts in August and continues through fall. Before Christmas, many of these orchards also arrange for special activities, so you can spend time with the family on an extended weekend. U-pick experience is what makes Quebec orchards so special, and we recommend that you keep a tab on the dates, because bookings are usually closed between Jan and May during winter and early spring.
Orchards in Quebec are extensively huge, and depending on the one you have selected, it might be possible to enjoy petting zoos, as well. The best orchards have amazing animals, right from peacocks and alpacas to miniature horses and goats. Besides trails, it is also possible to book a scheduled walk with these animals, which can be a really learning experience for kids in particular.
Staying at an orchard
Many of these farmhouses also have stay options, and we recommend that you make time for at least two days, if not more. With your family, you can take part in farm activities, and the food served at such places are usually homemade with fresh ingredients. In fact, some farmhouses are particularly known for the food and perfectly-designed cozy cafés. Don’t expect five-stay luxuries while staying at these places, because the rustic settings and the basic design make orchards worth the experience.
Consider booking your stay and regular activities before arrival, because farmhouses and orchards in Quebec are pretty famed and remained booked in advance. It is also a good idea to confirm the activities that can be enjoyed during a certain period, because many of these things are seasonal, as well.