The Riverdale Farm
The Riverdale Farm is a quaint little farm, located right in the heart of downtown Toronto, in the Cabbagetown community.
Don’t let the location fool you. The Riverdale Farm is a perfect example of a turn of the century Ontario farm, and it allows visitors to experience life on a farm and gain appreciation for a rural environment. Kids can see many farm animals, including cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats. It is not a petting zoo, and as such, visitors are not permitted to feed the animals. Farming responsibilities are also demonstrated such as animal feeding, egg collection, cow milking or goat milking (10:30 am daily), horse grooming, and mucking out the stalls-pens-paddocks. These are only a few examples of some of the things you can see at the farm. Learn and chat with the farmer during daily chores.
Visit the Residence Saturday and Sundays 11:00 am thru 4:00 pm and chat with the Cabbagetown Regent Park Community Museum volunteers, view the exhibts and displays. You can also tour the Farm's scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens.
During the year, look for special events and activities at the farm. The farm also hosts birthday parties for children 1 to 8 at the Meeting House.
Farm Riverdale Farm opened on September 9, 1978, and has long been the site of many animal-related activities. The farm was originally owned by John Scadding and the City of Toronto purchased what was to be Riverdale Park in 1856. In 1894, the Riverdale Zoo opened to become Toronto's first zoo. The Riverdale Zoo was closed in 1974, and the animals were moved to the current Toronto Zoo. The Residence, the Donnybrook, and the Island House buildings are the only zoo buildings that remain on the Riverdale site. Riverdale Farm has seen a number of changes since 1978, including many building initiatives and the expansion of farm activities and recreational programming. The farm is in constant need of financial support to maintain it's activities. Find out more about making a donation.
Riverdale Farm is a great place to visit, especially with young kids. It is located at 201 Winchester Street in Toronto - 3 blocks east of Parliament Street along Winchester Street. It is open all year round daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (including weekends and holidays). Admission is free. Parking is available on neighbouring city streets only.
For more information, please contact the farm at 416-392-6794 or visit www.toronto.ca.