Enjoy a hands-on experience at Tiger Lily Farm in Errington. If your children love animals, this is the place to be!
There is so much to see and do while at this family owned and operated hobby farm that hours just slip away.
Your children will love getting up close and personal with the animals. They are welcome to enter the pens and pet and/or snuggle baby goats, chicks, sheep, bunnies, and calves. The farm also has a llama, donkey, adult goats, horses, chickens, ducks and pigs to view.
Milking and Feeding
Have you ever tried milking a goat?
Goat milking takes place every hour (on the half-hour) starting at 10:30 AM, and you are welcome (and encouraged) to participate.
If your children, like my own, are a little shy about milking the goats, perhaps feeding them might be a better option.
If it is feeding time while you are there, you will also have the opportunity to help hold the bottle for the goats and/or calf. If nothing else, make sure to stay and watch how it is done. It is a comical sight watching the ferocity at which the animals feed.
Staff will announce when it is time to do any of the above activities. So if it is on the hourly schedule to do so, you won’t miss the events!
On your own time, you are also welcome to help collect eggs from the chicken coops. Baskets for egg collecting can be found inside the barn.
The most popular activity among small visitors of the farm are the pony rides. Included in the price of admission is one free pony ride around the outdoor track. So make sure to take in this experience before you go! Helmets are supplied and must be worn. And just so you are aware, if one pony ride isn’t enough for your child, additional rides can be purchased.
Family Seasons Pass: $125.00
Extra Pony Ride: $3.50
Please add GST to all prices.
Tiger Lily Farm also offers trail rides (at an additional cost) for those wishing to ride for a bit longer. There is everything from a half-hour ride up to a three-hour excursion, so the choice is yours. The trail rides do, however, have to be pre-booked.
Trail riders must be at least 10 years old, and be physically able-bodied. All Riders under 19 years of age must wear an approved riding helmet, which you can borrow from the farm. As well, all riders must wear boots with a small heel 1/2″ – 2″, or bring socks and borrow a pair from the farm.
If it happens to be wet during your ride, rain slickers are also available by request.
For those wishing to learn how to ride, Tiger Lily Farm offers Western Riding Lessons. You are welcome to bring your own horse, or ride one of the farms ponies or horses.
Riding lessons are for anyone aged 4 and up.
Small group lessons are $30, while private lessons are $45 per hour.
Please note: Riding lessons are not available during July and August.
The birthday parties held at Tiger Lily Farm are pretty impressive. We have been to quite a few (as well as held one of our own there), and it is always a great time. If you are contemplating hosting a birthday party at the farm, I suggest buying the Complete Barnyard Party Package. It is a stress-free, easy way of doing a party. Everything is supplied and taken care of by the staff, and I dare say it is one of the best birthday cakes I have ever tasted!
More information about their birthday party packages can be found in the article entitled: Birthday Party Location Ideas for Central Vancouver Island.
Location and Hours of Operation
Tiger Lily Farm is located at 1692 Errington Road. They are open every day of the week from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.
- Bring water and a hat – it can get hot out on the farm
- If it is raining, wear your boots
- You will most likely be there a while, so make sure to bring a snack or lunch
- If there isn’t a birthday party happening while at the farm, utilize the covered picnic area for some much-needed shade (and rest) – there is also a small playground situated right next to it.
- Bring your camera
Most importantly, have fun!
No matter how you choose to spend your time at Tiger Lily Farm, it is sure to be a great day.
In the comments below, let me know how you like to spend your time at Tiger Lily Farm!
*All information and prices mentioned are as of June 2016, and could change at any time. If in doubt, please visit the website of Tiger Lily Farm.