Agri-Tourism in Pemberton
At the heart of Pemberton is an exceptional farming
community. The Pemberton Valley has a unique
micro climate and great soil conditions. Pemberton is famous
for producing seed potatoes (hence the nick name Spud Valley) as
well as vegetables, beef, cranberries and much more.
Organic farming is growing in popularity in the valley
as demand increases. Across the Creek Organics and
Helmers Organic Farm are two of the most well known organic farms
in the Pemberton Valley.
Pemberton is also on the map as a destination for
'foodies'. It is easy to spend a day or two
exploring the Pemberton Valley and visiting locations such as North
Arm Farm, McEwan's farm for u-pick strawberries, Pemberton
Distillery or taking part in the annual Slow Food Cycle.
North Arm Farm
Located just 5km north of the Pemberton Valley Lodge,
North Arm Farm offers a true family farm experience. The
Sturdy family grow organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
as well as a number of vegetables including beans, squash and
carrots. This 60 acre working farm is open to the public
daily from mid May to mid October. The farm has a full
kitchen where you can enjoy lunch or a picnic. Children will
love visiting the animals and picking fruit. North Arm Farm
is defiantly worth a visit around Canadian thanksgiving when you
can take a horse drawn wagon ride to the pumpkin patch. For
more information, visit North Arm Farm.
Slow Food Cycle
The Slow Food Cycle is now Pemberton's signature
agri-tourism event. Participants enjoy a leisurely
round trip bike ride down the beautiful Pemberton Meadows
Road. Enroute there are a number of vendors and farmers
offering everything from organic coffee to Pemberton Meadows beef
burgers. For more information visit Slow Food Cycle Sunday.
Pemberton Farmers Market
Each Wednesday afternoon from mid June to mid October,
visit the Pemberton Farmers Market in the Village of Pemberton
under the cover of the Pemberton Downtown Barn. The
market is typically open from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM (check the Pemberton Farmers Market
website to confirm times). This is a great place to purchase fresh
local produce, crafts, flowers, baked goods and much more.
Make sure you check out our events calendars for more details.
North Arm Farm is the most well know u-pick farm in
Pemberton. During the growing season you can pick
your own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. Strawberry
season usually starts around mid-June depending on the
weather. There is usually a sign outside the Scotiabank when
the farm is open for u-pick.
A visit to Pemberton cannot be complete without a trip
to the Pemberton Distillery. Discover how artisan spirits
are handcrafted in small batches from locally grown organic
ingredients. You can sample the award winning vodka and
gin. Guided tours are available and you can browse the gift
shop for limited release spirits. For more information and to view
opening hours, visit Pemberton Distillery.
Photo Credits: Randy Lincks and David Steers