Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver


Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 — 3:11pm PST
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The other day I traveled about 10kms away from my home in downtown Vancouver and ended up at a 2.5 hectare farm on the North Shore. Maplewood Farm‘s rural heritage in a rapidly expanding urban setting is a rarity and I wanted to learn more about their history, experiences, and educational programs.

Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

Operated by the Parks Department of the District of North Vancouver and a collaboration of volunteers and full time staff, the farm is home to over 200 domestic animals from birds to ponies. Kids can feed the ducks who come to visit, watch a hand-milking demonstration, sign up for pony rides, meet farm hands and volunteers, look in on feeding time with the pigs and Belgian draft horses, and witness the “running of the goats” each day when they go from their paddock to the barn for supper.

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Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

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Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

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The rules are simple at Maplewood. Don’t feed the animals, don’t chase the birds, no loud noises, no swimming with the ducks, and no climbing on the fences. Other than that, kids have free-reign (with adult supervision) to explore the property. During my visit, there were dozens of children, probably between 2 and 5 years old, with their parents feeding ducks and hanging out with the Goat Hill Gang. It’s a great way to teach your kids about the farm animals they may read about in books, and allows them to learn about respecting these creatures.

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Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

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Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

According to Find Family Fun, they also host special seasonal events like the Sheep Fair, Country Fair, Pumpkin Day, and the annual Country Christmas. Admission prices range from free (children 0-18 months) to $7 for adults (ages 17 and up). The farm is located just off Mount Seymour Parkway, about 2 minutes from the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, at 405 Seymour River Place, North Vancouver.

Maplewood Farm North Vancouver

If you would like to check out the farm for yourself, I have a family pass available that is good until December, 2011. To win, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll draw a winner next Tuesday, April 5, 2011. You can follow the farm on Twitter @Maplewood_Farm.

Update The winner is Kelly – congratulations!

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72 comments

  1. don says:

    sounds fun!

  2. Melissa says:

    I would love to visit the farm!

  3. nocal says:

    Nice one!

  4. Ruth says:

    I’d love to take my daughter – so far the only goats she’s seen are in ‘Open the Barn Door’, even though her Dad grew up on a smallholding with goats and chickens. Makes up for losing the Stanley Park petting zoo!

  5. Jason says:

    My boys go bat s*&% for that place.

  6. sherri robson says:

    My favorite place to take my boys (1 & 3) to burn off steam!! Sooo kid friendly

  7. Jojo says:

    It’s a great way to see and learn!

  8. Paul says:

    We go there a couple times a year, good, inexpensive fun.

  9. Erin says:

    Sounds like a fun place to visit

  10. Bryan says:

    I’ve decided the little brown goat’s name is Doug.

  11. Nicole says:

    I love Maplewood Farm, I have fond memories of petting the goats when I was a child, they would chew my shoelaces.

    I’d love to go back there!

  12. Sara says:

    Sounds fun!

  13. Henry Low says:

    Nice write up – looks fun! Would like to check this place out to add to my Vancouver photo gallery.

  14. Henry Low says:

    Nice write up – looks fun! Would like to check this place out to add to my Vancouver photo gallery.

  15. Robin says:

    Heard it was a nice place from friends but your pictures make it look great!

  16. Emily H says:

    Love the horses!

  17. Jen says:

    I’m 40 years old and this is one of my favourite places! You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the antics of the goats and the sweet little lambs!

  18. Martha says:

    I was there today and it was awesome!! My daughter (and myself) had the greatest fun with the goats. It’s great that you can go in there and pet them. They also had baby sheep, one of the farmers was feeding them with a bottle.. soooo cute.
    + fun: Feeding the bunnies

    I love that place!

  19. vincent says:

    haha! nice! XD

  20. Suman Cohoon says:

    Thank you for sharing, I have never heard of the farm. I can’t wait to take my two boys there. Love your blog

  21. ashley says:

    I live and teach in north van. I would love to take my own 2 kids and my class there sometime. I hope I win the drw, but either way I will be checking it out! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Jas says:

    What a great way to spend time with the family!

  23. Deb says:

    I love Maplewood farm…lots of memories from when I was a child…love to share with my children too 🙂

  24. capistrano says:

    i love to win it, plus, we’re a family of four! it’s one way to explore Vancouver, right?

  25. MaryAnn says:

    would love to visit the farm, love those goats!

  26. Vancouver says:

    Not what first comes to mind when thinking of Vancouver, but its part of what makes us diverse and exciting. I love these types of places.

  27. Albert says:

    Maplewood farm is a great place. I would love to visit it again.

  28. Christine says:

    I would love to take my son..we’ve never been.

  29. Jon Strocel says:

    My kids love Maplewood Farm, they regularly reminisce about the bunnies.

  30. maria says:

    sounds great!

  31. Phy says:

    Aw those are adorable!

  32. Kate says:

    We live close by but I’ve never gone. Your photos have made up my mind and now it’s on my to-do list this spring to take the DH, a niece and a nephew as soon as the entire North Shore is no longer a mud pit…. Would be great to have a family pass to take the kids throughout the year to see the changes in the farm and animals! Gotta be a good Auntie!

  33. Nadine Gibbon says:

    Very nice work you did portraying the farm and your pictures were awesome!! From one of the farmers – Nadine

  34. Kevin says:

    Haven’t been in a barn for a while.

  35. Teresa says:

    I’d love to check out this farm.

  36. Darcy says:

    I’d like to check it out.

  37. Lori M says:

    I’ve lived in North Van and have never been. Would love to go…

  38. Rebecca says:

    My niece would really enjoy this.

  39. tania says:

    The kids would love this!

  40. rino says:

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

  41. Kelly says:

    Family of six here would LOVE to visit Maplewood Farm more often! Thanks for running the contest!

  42. Garrett says:

    Seems like a great place to take the niece and nephew!

  43. John says:

    Seems like a nice farm to check out !

  44. Kevin says:

    Looks fun!

  45. Renfrew says:

    My kids love, love, love to visit the farm.

  46. Ying says:

    My granddaughter loves to go visit again and again.

  47. alo says:

    Love to check them out.

  48. aria says:

    Love to take my daughter.

  49. Keshyra says:

    My whole family loves Maple Wood Farm! It’s a great place for the kids to run around and they love feeding the ducks and bunnies.

  50. Faye says:

    You didn’t mention any peacocks. Are they still there at the farm? I remember a spectacular white one!

  51. Lori says:

    We can’t wait to go!!

  52. Michelle Williamson says:

    Looks great!

  53. AC says:

    never knew this place existed. sounds great.

  54. rose says:

    Love to take my daughter.

  55. pete says:

    My daughter’s daycare just went there for a field trip. She wants to revisit it.

  56. alo says:

    Adorable little animals…

  57. P L says:

    We’ve only been to the Queen’s park petting zoo. Maplewood Farm must be nicer.

  58. Matt says:

    Wow – pictures look great! I can’t wait to take our boys for the first time!

  59. I have never been, sounds interesting.

  60. Candace says:

    What a great way to spend the day :). Thank you for the give away 🙂

  61. Alex says:

    I live in North Van and take my 2 young boys there. It’s alot of fun. I would live to win a pass and take them more!

  62. Tracey Flattes says:

    My little one loves Maplewood. We visit at least once a month during the summer!

  63. amfriesen says:

    dang hope i’m not too late to enter; know a couple of families who would love this prize

  64. I would love to visit the farm! What a great idea for a family!

  65. Jean-Paul says:

    My daughter loves going there!

  66. Megan C. says:

    We would love this! My littles love maplewood!

  67. C_Dub says:

    ♡ Maplewood Farm! What a great prize!!

  68. Shannon d says:

    My daughter loves farm animals. We would love to visit the farm

  69. Julia says:

    Would love to pet the cute little animals!

  70. Our son loves the goats. Last time we went he named a little black and white one Oreo. We would get lots of use out of a family pass!

  71. Jeremy Dyson says:

    My boy loves hugging the little goats!

  72. Jessica says:

    I love wonderful places for animals:)

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