Tucked away into a little corner of the Eastern Townships, is the Verger Champetre. Owned and operated by married couple Thèrese and Mario, the site consists of over 200 acres of farmland as well as multiple different orchards and gardens for visitors to explore. It is also one of the only places in Quebec that offers visitors the chance to walk with either a miniature horse or an alpaca along an interpretive trail. Along with that experience, there is an abundance of different activities to partake in and things to see, making the Verger Champetre the perfect nature lovers’ paradise.
Activities / Things To See
Walk With An Animal – The most popular activity at the Verger Champetre, involves taking a 20 minute walk with either a miniature horse or alpaca along the farm’s interpretive trail. Bring your new friend along through gardens, farmland, and Christmas tree fields. $15 per animal for 20 minutes.
Explore The Mini Farm – Make friends with a bunch of different farm animals such as goats, sheep, and peacocks at the mini farm. Be sure to be on the lookout for the multiple baby animals that have recently seen the day at the Verger Champetre.
Hiking Trails – Take in the views and fresh air along the farm’s hiking paths. Choose from a 1.7 km or 2.8 km trail, which will take you through farmland, orchards, gardens, and animal enclosures.
Go Shopping At The Boutique – Drop a few dollars on some homemade and local products, such as alpaca wool socks and homemade goodies, at the Verger Champetre’s on-site boutique.
Pick Your Own Produce – Depending on the time and season in which you visit the Verger Champetre, there are a multitude of different fruits and veggies available to pick. The different varieties of produce available to harvest includes cherries, plums, pears, pumpkins, garlic, and much more.
Christmas Tree Shopping – Pick your own Christmas tree, either for the holidays or for the ever popular Christmas in July event that happens on campgrounds, at the farm. The Verger Champetre counts over eight hectares of different varieties to choose from.
Grab A Bite To Eat – Indulge in a wide variety of home made dishes and sweets such as vegetable quiche, traditional meat pie, and pumpkin fudge, at the farm’s cafe. With an outdoor patio area as well as multiple different chairs and tables spread throughout the property, you can even enjoy your food out in the sunshine.
Learn Something New – Learn about a bunch of different aspects of farming and gardening at the interpretation center.
Have A Sleepover – Not only is the Verger Champetre a great place to spend the day, you can also choose the spend the night on the farm as well. Found on-site is a rustic style cottage available for guests, with a minimum two-night stay requirement.
Prices – $5 for adults and $3 for children (prices include all activities minus the walk with an animal which is an extra $15 per animal)
Operating Hours – Open from 8-6 during the week and 9-5 during weekends.
Location – 2300 Cowie Street, Granby, Quebec
Schedule – Open 7 days a week (including holidays). Exceptionally closed between January 1st and May 31st.
For more information including group rates and cottage information, visit the Verger Champetre website.
Overall the Verger Champetre is a really fun place to visit. I’ve had it on my radar for quite some time now and I’m super happy to have finally gotten around to getting out there. The owners of the farm are super nice and welcoming people ready to help you out with anything you may need. Seeing as there are so many activities to do at the farm, I’ll definitely be going back in the fall and winter time.