Haute Goat is the Best Spot in Ontario to See Goats, Alpacas, and More
Saturdays are my day to explore. Weekends are the time to enjoy a break from the grind, and going out and exploring my own backyard is my chosen way to escape. It has also served as discovering the hidden gems within my own home province and then telling you all where to go when you visit Ontario. So on one of the adventures of the “Discovery Couple” (a nickname hubby and I embrace wholeheartedly), we came across an incredible goat farm just outside of Port Hope Ontario. Haute Goat, the 200-acre oasis, blew my mind with its happy animals, beautiful countryside, and wonderful owners who doubled as unwavering hosts.
Haute Goat Facts:
- The Haute Goat Farm is 200 acres of farm land!
- Haute Goat is located in Newtonville, approx. 15 mins from Port Hope and about an hour from Toronto.
- They have Nigerian Dwarf Goats, alpacas, chickens, Icelandic horses, roosters, dogs, and more.
- They offer Goat Yoga! Book this in advance and experience something extraordinary!
- The farm land is so vast, there’s a bee keeping area, a buckwheat field, and a shiitake forest on property.
- Enjoy a shmurgle! (an ethical encounter with goats where they roam free around you!)
- Try various types of goat cheese
- The map and the murals on property were done by a local artist.
- The owners left Toronto so that they could enjoy farm life with animals.
- Their Goat Yoga was revolutionary and a HUGE hit at the Royal Winter Fair
- They offer educational workshops on various topics!
- Stay overnight on Haute Goat at their exclusive B&B!
- Upon Arrival, ALL visitors must dunk their shoes in the eco-friendly bacteria killing solution. This helps avoid any foreign dirt or germs from coming on to the farm and potentially harming the animals.
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The Haute Goat Nigerian Goats
So Debbie and Shain love goats. That’s no secret the minute you set foot on their farm. Their goats are treated with utmost care and as ethically as possible. Take a stroll through the farm and marvel at these incredible four legged creatures that honestly are smarter than you think. See the billy goats stand atop their playgrounds. See the kids run around free, and do a downward dog as one walks by you in curiosity.
Haute Goat Goats…did you know?
Here are some fun facts we learned about the Nigerian Goats at Haute Goat Farm near Port Hope Ontario:
- A herd of goats is called a “trip”
- A baby goat is called a “kid”
- A goat’s pupil is a rectangle shape! Its depth of perception is better than ours!
- Goats are very intelligent, social, and like living in herds.
- They really enjoy being around people
- 1-2 quarts of milk is produced by Nigerian goats daily! This is a NATURAL process and not influenced by any hormones.
- butter fat from goat milk is 6% compared to 3% in cow’s milk
- They hate the rain and wind!
- They don’t mind winters as they grow long coats to keep them warm.
- They can breed up to 3 kids per year.
- They chew cud just like cows.
- They enjoy grains and grass mostly in their diets.
Haute Goat Farm Alpacas
So I have a deep adoration for unicorns and alpacas. They are two of my absolute favourite animals besides the incredible Australian marsupials. So when I heard that Haute Goat also had some alpacas on their farm, I knew it would be an awesome visit and experience. The alpacas are treated very well here and are sheared regularly for their hypoallergenic wool.
Haute Goat Icelandic Horses
These gorgeous equine graced Haute Goat and were such a delight to watch. I love white horses in particular and the one at Haute Goat farm was a happy girl who enjoyed being fed some maple leaves.
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Icelandic Horses at Haute Goat – Did you know?
- It is the purest breed worldwide of horses. They have not been cross bred to make donkeys for over 1000 years.
- These horses originated from ponies in the 9th and 10th centuries in the times of the vikings.
- If you export Icelandic horses, they can not return to Iceland ever.
- They have been used for herding sheep and for shows.
- The oldest Icelandic horse lived to be 56 years old! He lived in Denmark.
Haute Goat Other Animals
After mingling with the goats, horses, and alpacas, do pay a visit to the chicken coup to see the hens and the rooster, stop and pat the adorably friendly cat that follows you around, and gawk in amazement at the beautiful dogs relaxing on the farm ensuring no predators come for an unexpected meal.
The Haute Goat Walking Trails
The walking trails are a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and an idea of just how vast the Haute Goat Farm is just outside of Port Hope. The trails are marked so you can make your way through the shiitake forest and around the various areas of the farm. Grab a snapshot of the illustrated map at the entrance and follow it along as you try to spot wildlife, different plants, and natural phenomenon you don’t see in the city. We walked past the beekeeping area, various flowers and weeds including buckwheat, milk weed, and wild berries, and some rare birds, caterpillars and other interesting wonders. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes that can withstand mud, hills, and other natural expectations when hiking or strolling through field area.
Haute Goat Picnic Lunch
So nothing goes better with a farm visit more than a picnic lunch! Enjoy homemade sandwiches, wraps, pizzas, and fritattas, served with muesli bars, fruit, and a drink of choice. The food was delicious! To enjoy this extra perk at the picnic, you must order at least 24 hours before your visit. Choose from a variety of options including tuna, egg salad, turkey, and more. They even have goat cheese options! (surprise surprise). Truly a great addition to the experience.
Take Something Home at Haute Goat!
No visit to Haute Goat would be complete without taking a little home. The skin care line is top notch and made with goat milk. The health benefits are incredible just from one use. Not into skin care? no problem! Take home a slab of goat cheese, hand knitted items with alpaca wool, or even a handmade walking stick.
So there is no doubt about it that all visits to Ontario need to include a visit to Haute Goat farm in Newtonville just outside of Port Hope. It is an ethically and humanely run farm with some of the best treated animals I have seen on my travels, the perfect spot for a relaxing day out, and a great spot to support local tourism in your own back yard. I cannot recommend Haute Goat farm enough.
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