Agriculture Adventure: Your Guide to the 2024 Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour

9 July 2024Attractions, Autumn, Circle Farm Tour, Dining, Farm Experiences, General, Shop, Summer, Winter

Looking for a unique and immersive way to explore Chilliwack this summer? The Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour is a must-do adventure that promises an unforgettable experience! This self-guided tour takes you through some of the best agricultural and artisanal offerings in our community, allowing you to connect with local farmers, taste fresh produce, and learn about the vibrant agricultural community that sets Chilliwack apart from the rest.

What is the Circle Farm Tour?

The Circle Farm Tour is a self-guided route that highlights Chilliwack’s rich agricultural heritage and artisan community. It’s perfect for families, couples, and solo adventurers alike, offering an opportunity to visit a variety of farms, markets, and specialty shops. Whether you’re a foodie, a nature lover, or someone who enjoys learning about local culture, this tour has something for everyone.

Why You’ll Love It

The Circle Farm Tour is not just about seeing the sights; it’s about connecting with the heart of Chilliwack. Each stop offers a unique glimpse into the local lifestyle and provides a hands-on experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Plus, by participating in the tour, you’re supporting local businesses and sustainable practices.

Where are you Stopping First?

GREENDALE ACRES

FARM EXPERIENCES

Atchelitz Threshermens Association – Pioneer Village

Step back in time at the Atchelitz Threshermen’s Association Pioneer Village, where history comes alive. This charming, volunteer-run, village offers a glimpse into the past with its collection of restored buildings, antique farm equipment, and vintage machinery. Explore the blacksmith shop, general store, and one-room schoolhouse, and gain a unique perspective on pioneer life in the region. It’s a perfect spot for history enthusiasts and families alike, offering educational and interactive experiences that celebrate Chilliwack’s rich agricultural heritage.

Greendale Acres & The Chilliwack Corn Maze 

Greendale Acres, home of the Chilliwack Corn Maze, is the perfect place for families and friends to reconnect with nature and agriculture. The Corn Maze, running from late August to early October, is famous for its intricate design that changes every year, offering a fun challenge for those looking to test their navigation skills. Beyond the maze, Greendale Acres offers a variety of farm experiences throughout the year, including spring tulip installations, vibrant u-pick flower fields, a sunflower maze, and a pumpkin patch in the fall. Visitors can also enjoy hayrides, a petting zoo, and a hay bale maze. It’s an ideal destination for a day of outdoor fun, embracing the natural beauty and charm of the area. Events and offerings at the farm change with the seasons, so make sure to visit their website to see what’s happening before you go.

Klaassen Farms

Immerse yourself in the charm of Klaassen Farms, a delightful family-friendly farm experience. Known for its juicy, fresh blueberries, this farm offers a fun U-pick experience (seasonal) perfect for a sunny day out. Indulge in their famous homemade blueberry ice cream and take a scenic train ride around the farm. With friendly farm animals and a variety of family-friendly activities, Klaassen Farms provides a sweet and simple way to enjoy the berry-best of Chilliwack.

Interested in U-Pick? Be sure to call 604-845-0678 before visiting to confirm the picking fields are open.

Botanica Flower Festival

Experience the beauty of Spring at the Botanica Flower Festival, a seasonal celebration of vibrant blooms and natural beauty. Held annually, the festival showcases stunning tulip installations that typically bloom from April through May. Visitors can wander through expansive fields filled with colourful flowers, capturing picture-perfect moments and enjoying the serene atmosphere. Since the offerings change with the seasons, be sure to check the Botanica Flower Festival website for the latest updates before planning your visit.

FARMHOUSE BREWING CO.

SIPS & SPIRITS

Old Yale Brewing Co.

Old Yale Brewing Co. offers a delightful range of craft beers inspired by the stunning natural landscapes of Chilliwack. Visitors can enjoy a tasting flight in their cozy indoor tasting room or relax on the outdoor patio. The brewery frequently hosts events and live music, making it a vibrant spot for both locals and tourists. Don’t miss their award-winning Sasquatch Stout and Moon Dance Mango Wheat Ale.

Farmhouse Brewing Co.

Nestled in the heart of Chilliwack, Farmhouse Brewing Co. offers a unique farm-to-glass experience. Their craft beers are brewed using ingredients sourced directly from their own farm, ensuring freshness and quality in every sip. Visitors can relax in their charming tasting room or enjoy the picturesque, family-friendly outdoor seating area while sampling a variety of beers, including their popular Greendale Golden Ale and a rotating menu of  U-Pick Radlers. Farmhouse Brewing Co. combines rustic charm with innovative brewing, making it a must-visit spot on the Circle Farm Tour.

RUSTIC SOAP CO.

FRESH & LOCAL FARM STORES

Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey

Discover the sweet side of Chilliwack at Chilliwack River Valley Natural Honey. This local apiary produces a variety of honey and beeswax products, all harvested from their own hives. Visitors can learn about the importance of bees in agriculture and see the beekeeping process up close. It’s a wonderful educational experience for all ages and a chance to take home some delicious, natural treats.

The Farm Store in Yarrow

The Farm Store in Yarrow is a fantastic destination for anyone looking to enjoy locally sourced, farm-fresh products. Located in the charming community of Yarrow, this store offers a wide selection of organic meats, dairy products, fresh produce, and artisanal goods. Operated by Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry, the store proudly sells its own high-quality poultry, ensuring freshness and quality. The welcoming atmosphere and commitment to sustainable farming practices make it a favourite among locals and visitors alike.

Hofstedes Country Barn

Hofstede’s Country Barn is a beloved local market known for its wide variety of fresh, locally sourced produce and specialty items. This charming store offers everything from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to baked goods, deli meats, and cheeses. Visitors can also find a selection of unique, gourmet products and imported delicacies. The welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff make shopping at Hofstede’s a delightful experience, whether you’re picking up ingredients for dinner or exploring the best of Chilliwack’s local offerings. It’s a must-visit spot for anyone on the Circle Farm Tour.

Smits & Co.w Farm Cheese

Say cheese! Smits & Co.w Farm Cheese is a cheese lover’s dream! Renowned for its artisanal cheeses crafted from farm-fresh milk. This family-owned farm produces a variety of high-quality cheeses, including their famous Gouda, using traditional Dutch methods. Visitors can tour the farm to see the cheese-making process firsthand and meet the friendly cows that provide the milk. The farm shop offers a range of delicious cheeses and other local products, making Smits & Co.w Farm Cheese a delightful and tasty stop on the Circle Farm Tour.

The Local Harvest Market

The Local Harvest Market is a treasure trove of fresh, organic produce grown right on their farm. Committed to sustainable agriculture, this market features fruits and vegetables that are spray-free, fresh, and grown in fertile soils that enhance flavour. Visitors can enjoy freshly baked breads and pastries made from quality ingredients from Anita’s Organic Mill. The market also offers a variety of ready-to-eat seasonal soups, sandwiches, and salads made fresh daily.

Rustic Soap Co. 

Established in 1999, Rustic Soap Co. has dedicated the last 25 years to crafting high-quality, handmade soaps using natural ingredients. Their small-batch, handcrafted soaps are free from artificial fragrances and colours, ensuring each product is gentle on the skin and kind to the environment. Visitors can explore a range of products including herbal soaps, bath and body care products, and soy candles, all handmade onsite. Their commitment to sustainable practices and the use of locally sourced ingredients make Rustic Soap Co. a cherished stop for those looking to add a little indulgence to their day!

MINTER COUNTRY GARDEN

PLANT PARADISE

Minter Country Garden

Minter Country Garden is a premier gardening destination in Chilliwack, founded by renowned horticulturist Brian Minter. This expansive garden center offers an impressive selection of plants, flowers, and gardening supplies to help you create stunning outdoor spaces. The knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand to provide expert advice, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting. Minter Country Garden also hosts various workshops and events throughout the year, making it a vibrant community hub.

Little Mountain Greenhouses

A go-to destination for gardening enthusiasts! Little Mountain Greenhouses is a family-owned garden centre, offering a vast selection of plants, including annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees, with 90% of the plants grown right on their property. Their knowledgeable staff are always ready to provide expert advice, so you can find everything you need to create and maintain your beautiful garden. In addition to plants, the greenhouse features garden décor, tools, and supplies, making it a one-stop shop for all your gardening needs.

ANITA’S BREAD & COFFEE

LOCAL EATS

Anita’s Bread & Coffee

Anita’s Bread & Coffee is a beloved local gem, perfect for a cozy morning or afternoon break.  Known for its freshly baked bread and rich, aromatic coffee, Anita’s stands out by using their own organic flour and grain to craft delicious bread and pastries that will delight your taste buds. Whether you’re in for a quick coffee run or a leisurely brunch, Anita’s warm atmosphere and friendly service make it a must-visit spot.

KLAASSEN FARMS

TIPS FOR A GREAT TOUR

  • Plan Your Route: The tour is self-guided, so take some time to map out your stops.
  • Check Hours: Many Circle Farm Tour experiences have seasonal hours, so be sure to check their websites before you go.
  • Pack for Comfort: Wear comfortable shoes and bring a reusable bag for all the goodies you’ll want to take home.
  • Stay Hydrated and Snack Up: While some stops offer delicious treats, it’s always good to have water and snacks on hand just in case. 
SMITS & CO.W

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For more information download the Chilliwack Circle Farm Tour Guide or check out our other guides to learn more about other exciting attractions and activities in Chilliwack.

Embark on the Circle Farm Tour and uncover the flavours, sights, and stories that make Chilliwack a unique and vibrant destination. Each stop on the tour offers a chance to connect with the heart of our community—whether it’s tasting the freshest produce, meeting passionate artisans, or learning about our rich agricultural heritage. Remember to tread lightly and respect the natural beauty of our region. By embracing sustainable practices, you help preserve the charm of Chilliwack for future generations. Pack your bags, bring your curiosity, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on the Circle Farm Tour!

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