Maplewood Farms is a touching experiance
405 Seymour River Place
North Vancouver, BC V7H 1S6
So it’s been awhile since you’ve touched an animal, and you figure you should. You know now that more people live in cities than rural areas throughout the world too few of us have really ever had our clothes chewed on by goats. It’s that sort of one-on-one nature experiance that keeps us grounded.
“But where,” you ask, “can I touch some animals in Vancouver? The Vancouver Aquarium won’t let me hug the baby beluga whale and I got fired from my job as a dog walker after I lost Alex Trebark.”
My answer to you, for all your animal touching needs, is North Vancouver’s Maplewood Farms [mwf], which is a great petting zoo. For just $4.90, $2.85 for anyone 16 and under or 65 and older, there’s a whole lot of farm animals waiting to be petted.
Okay, I’ll be honest this is one of the few things I’ve ever blogged here about where you probably should take kids to. As part of a late twenty-something couple I felt slightly out of place in a park dominated by pre-teen children and their harried parents. It was still however fun, and a good photo oppertunity, but for the most part kids will get more out of it than adults.
Taking a self-guided tour, which translates to wandering around the park petting the animals and then washing your hands again and again, isn’t exactly a learning experiance. Well unless what you’re meant to learn is that goats are most likely to swarm you looking for something to chew on while the fuzzy baby lambs will most likely run away anytime you try to touch them. Group tours probably offer more, but it’s five bucks so it’s worth a try.