Mont Saint-Hilaire is located east of Montreal with an elevation of 414 meters. The area is known for its apple orchards thanks to the soil which is ideal for the growth of apple trees. The most touristic activity in the area includes apple picking! We visited an apple orchard and a nearby alpaca farm during a rainy winter Sunday afternoon and it was just wonderful.
Car: Drive east from Montreal for about 40 minutes
Address Alpaca domain: 1235 Chemin de la Montagne, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, J3G 4S6, QC
Entry fees to the Alpaca farm (tax included): Adult 7$, kid ages 1-17 5$, family option 20$ (2 adults and 4 kids age 17 and under)
The alpaca farm is open most of the year, check website for opening days and exact tour hours
Address Apple Orchard: 1020, Chemin de la Montagne, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Rive-Sud de Montréal, J3G 4S6, QC
Within the apple orchard: Store & Cidrerie are open all week between 9-17, Restaurant Saturday & Sunday 9-15
Can be suitable for baby stroller – take into consideration that entry to the indoor alpaca domain has stairs and it is very narrow inside
We called the alpaca farm in the morning to make a reservation for the visit (it can also be done online) and it was scheduled for 13:30. We decided to spend the late morning in the area visiting an apple orchard nearby with a shop of local produce, huge outdoor playground and have lunch at the restaurant (speciality: crepes!). We can only imagine how nice it is in the summer time as the scenery looks fantastic but our day was full of non stop showers of freezing rain. During apple season there is a self apple picking activity.
The drive to the alpaca farm took 5 minutes. We were welcomed at the reception, where we paid entry fees and received each a cup with grains to feed the alpacas. We were the only one at the tour and it was a wonderful opportunity to ask questions. In general, the alpacas do not stay indoor during the day and the tour can be done within their outdoor enclosure. But during our visit, due to the non stop rain, the animals were indoor. On the right were the male alpacas and on the left were the female with their offsprings. The farm holds about 100 alpacas, 1 lama! and some ducks. The farm’s main operation includes alpaca wool production for diverse products which are sold within the premises and also for tourist activity.
The tour took about 40 minutes and we had the opportunity to feed them, go inside their enclosure to touch their wool. Our youngest was a bit afraid but our 5yo was happy to feed them and tried to caress the animals. The alpacas do not bite, they have only lower teethes and they are very curious and friendly animals.