Harvest 2017 starts September 23!
Harvest is the most exciting time of the year. It’s when we (quite literally) get to see the fruit of our labour! We start two weekends before Canadian Thanksgiving and are usually finished by October 31st. We harvest only once a year. We have 27 acres to pick and produce around 300,000-400,000 lbs of cranberries.
Cranberries are grown and harvested like no other crop in the world. They’re also native only to North America. That makes them a fascinating part of our heritage! Drop by and learn about this unique crop!
- Harvest Hours (until Oct 31): 9-6 daily
- Daily Bog to Bottle Tour @ 11, 1 & 3
- See the harvesting and packinghouse operations
- Enjoy a Wine Tasting
- Shop in The Cranberry Emporium
- Relax on the Patio with a cheese plate & glass of wine
- Sample cranberry goodies at the Cranberry Cafe (Open daily Sept 30 – Oct 15)
- Hike the Trails
- Hunt for Geocaches
- Try kids’ activities like Critter Catching
- All Day Wagon Tours (weekends between Sept 23 & Oct 15)
- Helicopter Rides (weekends between Sept 30 & Oct 15)
- Take the Cranberry Plunge (times to be determined)
Bala Cranberry Festival
- Always the weekend after Thanksgiving!
- click here for more information
Will I see floating cranberries?
You will see cranberries – lots of them! We don’t look exactly like the commercials; floating lakes of cranberries are created by a machine that beats the vines to knock off all the cranberries. Our picker gently rakes the cranberries off the vines because it makes for better quality fruit. The videos below show what harvesting looks like here.
You will see:
- cranberries being picked with our Getzinger retracto-tooth picker
- cranberries in shallow boats
- cranberries floating under the water
- cranberries floating at the surface of the water
- cranberries growing on low vines
- boats of cranberries being loaded into a truck
- cranberries going through the outside packing line (cleaning and drying)
- cranberries going through the packinghouse (mills, hand sorting, packaging)
Do I need rubber boots?
No. Places where visitors walk are high and dry. Our walkways are covered in gravel and are reasonably level.
Do you charge for parking?
No. Parking is free.
Do you charge admission?
No. There is no charge to visit the farm. You only pay for the activities you’re interested in doing.
What can we do, how much does it cost, how long does it take?
- Everyone is welcome to shop in our store (which opens into the packinghouse, so you can watch your fresh cranberries being sorted and packaged while you wait!)
- Bog to Bottle Discovery (guided farm tour and tutored wine tasting – approximately 1 hour) $15/pp + tax
- Wagon Tours (approximately 20 minutes): 2017 details to be determined
- Wine Tasting (approximately 20 minutes): 2017 details to be determined
- Cranberry Plunge: 2017 details to be determined
- Helicopter Rides: $60/pp for 7-8 minutes
Is there somewhere to eat?
- we offer a local cheese plate and glass of wine on our patio
- the Cranberry Cafe (an outdoor food tent) is open Sept 30 – Oct 15
Are there washrooms?
- we rent porta-potties during our harvest season – they’re more environmentally friendly for our septic system
Check out some cool harvest footage!