Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawaken
learn more about alpacas by joining one of our educational guided tour
Our educational tours are a great way to discover this beautiful animal and get up close with the ones we raise. It will only take one visit to be completely charmed by our alpacas and the pristine setting in which we raise them.
The guided tour will take you through our farm's facilities and allow you to discover the history of the farm, alpaca husbandry practices and more about the day-to-day life raising them.
The guided tour of the farm takes approximately 1 hour during which you will have a chance to feed them, see the baby alpacas (crias) up close and learn everything there is to know about these gracious fiber animals.
Guided Tour Schedule
- The guided tours are offered twice a day from the end of June to mid-October according to the fixed schedule outlined above.
- No reservation is necessary for the guided tour unless you are a group of 10 person or more.
- Please make sure to arrive at least 10-15 minutes prior to the scheduled guided tour time.
- When visiting us off-season (late October to end of June), there are no guided tours of the farm but you can still access the observation areas (picnic tables in late spring and fall) and the nature trails where interpretive panels are on display at a reduced ''Off-Season'' rate.
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In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks
discover the surrounding nature by walking the self-guided trails
Wandering around our pastures and through a magnificent forested area, our 1.5km trail system is well maintained and very easy to walk. Many handmade benches are available along the way should you wish to stop for a quick rest or just to soak in the serenity offered by Mother Nature.
Interpretive panels are found along the trails where you will learn all about the fauna and flora of the bountiful Eastern Townships and Sutton area. Learn more about the Alderbrook Marsh, a unique and protected wetland ecosystem that traverses our land.
The trail walk should take approximately 30-45 minutes and forms a loop that will take you back to your starting point, our main observation area.
During winter, the trails are also accessible by snowshoes and cross-country ski.
HEAVY SNOW COVER
Updated February 7 2020
Current Trail Conditions
*** SNOWSHOES RECOMMENDED ***
a few tips
- The trails are made up of grassy sections, gravel sections and packed down dirt sections.
- The trails are well maintained and are accessible by jogger type stroller when visiting with a toddler.
- Although almost any type of footwear will do, we do recommend appropriate closed toe shoes for the trail walk.
- As the trails take you into a forested area and are located close to marshlands, please consider bringing mosquito repellent with you when in season.
Observation & Picnic
If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere
Vincent Van Gogh
Soak in the serenity of the land by relaxing at one of the observation areas
Upon arrival at the farm, there is a free observation area where handmade wooden benches are available for you to relaxe & observe our male alpacas in action. It is conveniently located next to the boutique and the main parking lot and serves as a great resting place.
Our main and largest observation area is quite spectacular! Enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains, the valley and the Alderbrook marsh down below while our female alpacas peacefully graze in their pastures. When in season, Adirondack chairs and picnic tables are at your disposition. Our famous wooden alpacas are also located next to the pastures. They are a hit with kids and the best setting for the perfect picture of your alpaca farm adventure!
important things to know about alpaca behavior
- Alpacas are livestock and although they are domesticated, curious and social, most of them do not freely enjoy being touched or petted. Keep in mind that alpacas are livestock and are not domesticated house animals.
- Most of our alpacas will approach pasture fences during the guided tours for treats, which they will eat out of your hand.
- Alpacas are typically calme and gentle but like llamas, they do have the capacity to spit if they feel threatened. Do not be afraid, they will not spit on humans if they don't have a good reason to! They will typically use this defense mechanism between each other to resolve certain conflicts in connection with the hierarchy ranking within the herd.
- Our alpacas are free to roam between their pastures and shelters at any given time during the day.
- The best seasons to observe them out in the pastures are spring and fall, when the temperatures are milder.
- On warm summer days, they tend to be out in the pastures in the morning and then again in late afternoon. They typically use their cooler shelters around mid-day when the sun gets too warm.
- They will instictively use their shelters to protect themselves against certain elements such as strong winds, rain, extreme cold and heat or heavy snow.
Please keep in mind that these animals will follow their insticts and that we cannot guarantee their presence in their pastures at all times. During the summer and early fall, the guided tour will take you inside the main barn where you will have a chance to see them relaxing under the fans provided to cool them down should it be too warm for them to be out in the pastures.