Need a dose of happiness? This alpaca farm outside Montreal lets visitors take the animals for a walk through the forest.
"I must start by saying that I NEVER dreamt of having a farmhouse!" Natacha Gagné, owner of Alpagas du Domaine Poissant, writes on the farm website.
But that changed during a family visit to a farm show when Gagné spotted a group of the fluffy creatures.
"These magnificent animals were looking at me with their big eyes. Instant love at first sight!" she writes.
Today, Gagné's farm in Mont-Saint-Hilaire is home to 121 alpacas, each with its own name, and she told MTL Blog that she can recognize each one.
She considers them part of the family.
The 20-minute alpaca walks let visitors experience the same joy along a private path through the woods.
Gagné says the walks are also a pleasant experience for the alpacas.
"Each alpaca doesn't do more than two to three walks a day," she explained. "At the moment we walk our males because they don't do much else than quibbling at times."
As for their temperaments, the alpacas are just like humans, according to Gagné.
"Some like to be pet a lot, others less. We know their personality well, and we try to make the best team (human + alpacas) so that everyone is happy."
Each alpaca walker also gets a cup filled with food "so the alpaca will be fed during the walk, which makes them very happy!"
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must reserve their alpaca walks online.
Get all the details below.
Alpaca Walks Through The Woods
Price: $37.50 for a walk with one alpaca
Address: 1235, chemin de la Montagne, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC
Details: A 20-minute walk through the woods with a furry friend to lift your spirits this year. Online reservation is mandatory.
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