On a rainy summer day, we decided to go out although the non-stop showers. We found La Ferme du Bassin online. This is a family farm with about 29 different animal species and about 1000 animals. The farm has group visits usually twice a day. Call before you go to make sure there are tours on the day of your visit and to confirm the exact time of the group visit.
Address: 1040 Rang Saint Jean Baptiste, Saint-Joachim-de-Courval, J1Z 2E2, QC
Car: About 1h40 from Montreal. Drive north-east towards Drummondville. The farm is located in Saint-Joachim
Opening hours: June to September (Tuesday to Sunday) – call before your visit or check online to confirm exact dates and hours
Entrance fee: 10$ for adult, 8$ for a child including tax, cash only
Suitable for small baby strollers
On our visit, the group was very small but I understood from the owner that it can be fully booked and busy. The owner is extremely nice and patient with the guests, he takes time to explain about every animal species and you can get to ask as many questions as you want.
We started the tour next to the car parking where we waited for other people to arrive for the planned group visit. There is a small playground for the kids to play. We had the opportunity to milk baby goats, feed the chickens, and hold bunnies and baby chicks. We then continued to see a donkey, emu, cows, alpaca and so many other animals. While receiving explanation about these species, we were given food to help feeding them. Outside there were more animals to feed; pigs, sheep, birds and more. The owner showed us how to shave a sheep and how to milk a goat. Everyone could get a shot at it.