2023 SANCTUARY TOURS
This year, we are pleased to be expanding our sanctuary tours at Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary!
When are tours available?
To increase our accessibility to the community, from April to September 2023 we are offering FREE sanctuary tours on selected dates along with continuing to offer limited private sanctuary tours by appointment only. Please note there is a maximum of 15 people per tour.
What dates are the free sanctuary tours?
May 6, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 3, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 17, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
July 1, 2023 (Canada Day) @ 11:00am – 1:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
July 23, 2023 (Christmas in July) @ 11:00am – 1:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
August 5, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm (BC Day Long Weekend)
August 19, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
September 2, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm (Labour Day Long Weekend)
September 16, 2023 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
How do I sign up for a free sanctuary tour?
You can sign up for a free sanctuary tour using the form at the end of this page or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On the form, please indicate the tour date you would like to sign up for and the number of visitors you will be bringing with you. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Once the tour is booked, you will be forwarded a liability waiver. This must be filled out and signed and returned by email before the event, or upon arrival to the tour..
How do I sign up for a private sanctuary tour?
Private tours can be booked by appointment on weekends and limited evenings around other scheduled events and farm activities. You can sign up using the form on this page or email email@example.com with your tour request (please include your requested date and time and number of visitors). We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Once the tour is booked, you will be forwarded a liability waiver. This must be filled out and signed and returned by email before the event, or upon arrival to the tour.
How much does it cost to book a private tour?
The suggested donation (over 18 years old) is $30 per adult visitor (over 18 years old) and $50 per family/group. Please see Ways to Donate. Your options for payment are through Canada Helps, PayPal Giving Fund, or e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, by mailing a cheque to Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary (please request our mailing address) or by cash payment on the day of your tour.
Where does my tour donation go?
Tour donations go directly to animal care to ensure our animal residents have high quality food, veterinary care, housing, and enrichment.
Where is the sanctuary located?
We are located 20-25 minutes east of Kamloops on the Trans-Canada Highway and off the Lafarge exit). We will let you know our address when the tour is booked (for the safety of the animals, ourselves, and our property, we do not publicize our address on the internet or social media).
What if I need to cancel a booked tour?
Yes, we understand that sometimes plans don’t work out and we will fully refund cancelled private tours that have paid in advance. Please give us as much notice as possible if you or your group is unable to attend. We also reserve the right to limit or cancel tours during dangerous conditions like lightning, high winds, or extreme heat, as well as if there is an emergency on the farm.
Can I ever drop in for a visit or tour?
For the safety of our animal residents, property, and members of the public, we do not allow drop in visits or allow people to look around the farm on their own. All visits must be scheduled in advance and guests must remain in the tour and not wander off on their own.
Can I bring children?
Yes, we welcome children to the sanctuary and look forward to having young visitors interact with and learn about farm animals. Teaching children compassion and kindness towards animals is an important part of our mission. Our tours will be tailored to be family-friendly and tour information/education about farm animals will be presented in an age-appropriate manner. Parents are responsible for ensuring that children are always supervised and that they must be especially closely monitored when directly interacting with them. Minors (18 and under) must be accompanied by an adult and all minors must have a waiver signed by a parent/ legal guardian.
Can I bring my dog?
We love dogs but for the safety of our animals, we ask that you please leave them at home. If you require a service animal, please contact us before booking a tour to arrange accommodations.
Is the sanctuary accessible? Are wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers allowed?
Yes, the tour involves limited walking on flat ground and wheelchairs and strollers can be easily accommodated.
Where should I park?
When you pull into the property driveway, you can park in front of the main house or on the grassy area along the trees. Please wait in the area in front of the house and your tour guide will meet you there to start the tour at your scheduled tour time. Please try your best to be on time.
Who will be giving the tour?
Your tour guide will be Jaye Dueck, the founder/owner of Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary.
What can I expect on the tour?
Tours will be tailored to each group, based on the number and age range of visitors, weather, and any special needs. All visitors will be introduced to the sanctuary and its story followed by a quick review of the safety rules (provided at the end of this hand-out for reference). You will then be guided around the property to different paddock areas where you will meet and have an opportunity to interact with the animal residents, which includes horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits, and birds. As you meet the animals, you will also get to hear their rescue stories and who they have become since coming to live at the sanctuary. As animal ambassadors you will also learn about the lives of farm animals and welfare issues. Tours last approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, and the length can also be tailored upon request when booking the tour.
Will I be able to pet the animals?
As a farm sanctuary, as compared to a petting zoo, our animal residents always have a choice as to whether they want to interact with visitors and will reside at the sanctuary for the rest of their lives. In contrast, the goal of a petting zoo is profit and entertaining, meaning that animals may be forced to be handled regardless of what they want and are often discarded when they are no longer profitable. However, most of our rescued animals are friendly and happy to meet visitors and enjoy getting petted and the interactions. However, just like us, they all have their unique personalities (some are more curious and outgoing and other are shy), and just like us, they can have times when they are simply not in the mood to interact for whatever the reason (e.g., they might be tired or grumpy). They get to be the final decision-makers and it is important that we respect their choices around this.
What should I wear for the tour?
It is recommended that you check the forecast the morning of your visit and dress accordingly. Because you will be outside for the duration of your tour, it is important to be prepared. For your safety, closed-toed footwear is required. Please remember that we are a working farm animal sanctuary, so expect to do a bit of walking, potentially get dirty or slobbered on (from animal kisses!), perhaps step on some poop (there is a lot of that on a farm!) and be exposed to the natural weather elements. In the summer, you may also want to bring a hat, insect repellant, or sunscreen, as well as bottled water.
Can we bring food with us to the farm?
For the safety of our animal residents and visitors, we do not allow food during the tours. At times, we may have some treats (such as carrots, apple pieces, branches) available to give to some of the animals; however, please follow the tour guide’s instructions regarding this. You are welcome to donate produce (and this is very much appreciated!) but please give it to the tour guide and she will decide if/what can be given during the tour or is best saved for the later. Also, as a vegan sanctuary and out of respect for our animals and our mission, please do not bring any animal-based products (meat, chicken, fish, eggs, or any dairy products) onto the property.
Is there somewhere to go to the bathroom?
Visitors are welcome to use the washroom in the main house. Please ask the tour guide for directions.
What are the safety rules for visitors?
Safety of our visitors and animals is of the utmost importance and please be advised that animals (although our residents are mostly friendly and well behaved) may bite, jump, kick, or scratch, as all animals can be unpredictable. Furthermore, being on a working farm itself can have some hazards. That is why we have all visitors sign a liability waiver before a tour. The following outlines some additional safety rules that we ask all guests to respect during their visit. If you or your child do not follow the following safety rules, you may be asked to leave.
- Do not quickly approach or chase the animals-allow them to come to you.
- No grabbing, hitting, kicking, or threatening the animals in any way or manner
- No smoking anywhere on premises
- Do not litter
- No climbing or using any farm equipment
- No climbing on fences or gates
- No entering animal enclosures without your tour guide
- No feeding the animals unless permitted by and following the tour guide’s instruction.
What COVID-19 safety protocols are in place?
The COVID pandemic is still going on and we ask that you do not come to the sanctuary if you are sick (or have been in recent contact with someone who has COVID or potential COVID symptoms).We encourage visitors to complete a self-assessment checklist before their tour.
We greatly appreciate your support of our sanctuary and look forward to seeing you!
SANCTUARY TOUR SIGN-UP FORMS
SANCTUARY TOUR SIGN-UP FORM (FREE)
From April to September, free sanctuary tours can be booked through our form below. Please indicate the tour date you would like to sign up for and the number of visitors you will be bringing with you. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Once the tour is booked, you will be forwarded a liability waiver. This must be filled out and signed and returned by email before the event, or upon arrival to the tour.
PRIVATE SANCTUARY TOUR SIGN-UP FORM
From April to September, private sanctuary tours can be booked by appointment on weekends and limited evenings around other scheduled events and farm activities. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Once the tour is booked, you will be forwarded a liability waiver. This must be filled out and signed and returned by email before the event, or upon arrival to the tour.
Eden’s Way Farm Sanctuary
Located approximately 30 minutes east of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Registered Charity ##713808277RR0001