Everyone needs to go get a selfie at these alpaca farms near Toronto this spring

Mar 22 2019, 3:37 pm

Attention, anyone who has ever taken a selfie!… Yes, that’s you.

Your face is great and everything, but your Instagram feed is about to get a whole lot more adorable.

Ontario is home to a surprising number of alpaca farms, with adorable alpacas that are available for all the selfies, guided walks, wedding pictures, and even purchase, if you can fit one in your car (just take notes from this llama in the Peruvian Andes).

 

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Thanks to these farms right in your backyard, you don’t need to go all the way to Peru to get that coveted #alpacaselfie (although you would be silly not to do that too, and here are nine epic bucket list experiences that prove it).

We know what you’re thinking: Don’t you mean #llamaselfie? What is the difference?

Here’s your fun fact of the day: both llamas and alpacas belong to the camelid family and have long necks, hypoallergenic fur, and typically live in herds in high elevation areas. A good way to tell the difference is llamas have longer, upright ears, while alpacas’ ears are shorter and laid back. Also, alpacas are way cuter and cuddlier — end of lesson.

Now it’s time to get that selfie. Here are some local alpaca farms near Toronto that are calling your name.

Split Rock Farms

 

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This is definitely one of the closer farms to Toronto, located under two hours west of the city, Split Rock Farms is home to a number of beautiful alpacas and is the perfect afternoon escape. Here you can explore the farm, visit with the animals and also visit the farm store where you can purchase locally made goods.

Address: 1652 Ridge Road North, Ridgeway

Hickory Lane Alpacas

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Hickory Lane Alpacas is a friendly, family-owned farm located just over two hours from Toronto. Visitors are invited to explore the farm and get up close and personal with the curious alpacas. In addition to 24 alpacas, the farm is also home to a number of beautiful horses and barn animals.

Address: 7326 Cty Rd. 9, Napanee

Kickin’ Back Alpaca Ranch

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Kickin’ Back Alpaca Ranch is a friendly, family-run farm less than three hours from Toronto. It also happens to be home to one of the largest herds of alpacas in the province, with anywhere between 60 to 75 wonderful alpacas at one time. If you’re interested in spending an afternoon exploring the beautiful farm and meeting with the animals, the owners have asked guests to contact them in advance to book a visit.

Address: 734762 West Back Line RR 7, Markdale

SAMY’S Alpaca Farm

Located just a little over two hours from the city, you’ll find one of the most welcoming alpaca farms in the province. The farm loves hosting visitors and will take guests to visit alpacas in the pasture and then guests can put the alpacas on a leash and take them for a walk down the country lane.

Address: 2432 Cuddy Drive, Kerwood

Harmony Meadows Alpacas

Located just over an hour north of the city you’ll find Harmony Meadows Alpaca, a beautiful, 10-acre farm that’s home to a number of alpacas. If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle of the city, we highly recommend spending an afternoon visiting these adorable creatures.

Address: 6185 Sixth Line RR5, Belwood

Meadowview Alpaca Farm

 

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This is a bit of a stretch for Toronto, but if you happen to be near Sault St. Marie you’re going to want to pay Meadowview Alpaca Farm a visit. It’s not only home to 165 alpacas that you can visit, the farm has an incredible shop where you can purchase beautiful clothing, bedding, yarn and toys all made from the softest alpaca fibre.

Address: RR#1, 908 Carter Side Road, Bruce Mines

Serendipity Farm

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Serendipity Farm is free to visit and is not only home to an adorable herd of alpacas, but llamas, too. When you’re done exploring the grounds and visiting with the animals, you can check out the farm store which sells beautiful handmade goods from local artisans and farmers, including clothing and accessories, seasonal produce, artwork and much more.

Address: 929 South Lavant Road, Lavant Station

Now that you know where to go for all your local alpaca goodness, we will leave you with a collection of adorable alpaca photos as inspo.

 

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Baby alpaca. Not a stuffed animal. (Kellie Paxian / Daily Hive)

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