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Forsythe Family Farms (Uxbridge)

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For years, Forsythe Family Farms was Toronto's closest working farm open to the public. A few years ago, they moved to Uxbridge area. I did not think you could "move" a farm, and it's not actually what happened. The Forsythe family have owned their Uxbridge farm for years but only opened the Unionville farm to the public. I recently visited their new location and found out it's a lovely country ride as you approach the farm. No wonder their new motto is "A little drive for a whole lot of country" (see my photo gallery).

Those who knew their other location will recognize this Three Little Pigs scene from their beloved Enchanted Forest. The little forest in their current location did not allow them to reproduce the exact same concept but check the photos below to see how they've turned it into a Fairy Tale Lane with additional I-Spy fun walk in their Forest Discovery Trail. Forsythe Family Farms has always been good with their attention to detail. Throughout the site, we see cute signs and family-tested simple activities: a fully equipped kitchen in a tiny playhouse, upraised slides, photo ops corners, wagon ride to the Fairy Tale Lane, corn maze, and many animals in the Animal Barn, where you can feed them a 50¢ bag of healthy greens.

You can easily walk to the Fairy Tale Lane (probably a 10-min. walk). When you take the wagon ride, it stops at the entrance of the Forest Discovery Trail and waits for you to return to the farm. I would recommend walking back instead to have more time to look at the fairy tales with the kids and to spot all the items on the list of the I-Spy game. In their corn maze, I saw people with a sheet that they could put to use at three different spots in the maze, opting for different elements to draw on an empty pumpkin face. At the exit, they could find out the name of "their" pumpkin, on a panel with 64 pumpkin face options.

This location comes with the added advantage of a lovely view! It's so pretty Mr. and Mrs. Forsythe decided to create a patio overlooking it all. (Note that they've created a large barn to accommodate country weddings.)

The three little pigs found their way in Barnyard Adventures
A fully equipped kitchen in the little playhouse
I Spy many things in the Forest Discovery Walk
You might want to grab a freshly made apple pie...

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