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Montreal Families

Treat the gang to a fun farm outing

If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor outing not too far from Montreal, a visit to this pretty farm in Coteau-du-Lac is an ideal destination. With fields of flowers, gourmet treats for the grownups, and a playground and corn maze for the kids, La Belle de Coteau-du-Lac offers a unique experience for everyone. Bring your hats, sunscreen, and cameras for a couple of hours of nature-filled fun.

Located just 30 minutes from the West Island, the farm and its agro-tourism site Domaine La Belle host events during the summer and fall where you can visit the aromatic fields that are bursting with flowers, pose amongst the sunflowers for that perfectly imperfect holiday card photo, and taste local produce from the on-site shop.

2022 Events

Coming up at the end of July is Festi-Fleurs — the second edition of the event that was introduced last year. Designed as a pick-your-own flowers experience, visitors can connect with nature while strolling through fields seeded with over 100 different flower varieties. The activity has been in the works since winter 2020 and was realized in 2021 with advice from family members who had recently retired from the beautiful Montreal Botanical Gardens. It will be hard to pick which blooms to snip as you build your own bouquet to take home. All yellows? Reds? Or, all the colours! A visit wouldn’t be complete without snapping some family photos at the photo booths scattered amongst the colourful backdrop.

 

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New in 2022 is the FestiLunch, a mobile kitchen in the field offering tasty meals cooked on the grill and made with fruits, vegetables, and meats from the farm. There will also be bouquet-making sessions by a florist in the field at different times during the FestiFleurs, and the addition of brand new photobooths. 

Their second event opens near the end of August as eight acres of sunflowers unfurl their petals. Tournesols en fleurs welcomed more than 8,000 visitors in 2020, was a hit in 2021, and is back again for another season. A path will be set up in the field and visitors will be able to wander around for some cheery and vibrant picture-taking of the sunflowers and the bees who love them. View more than 60 varieties ranging from red, white, cream, mini, and giant. Several plots will be available where you can pick your own, and the material needed to make your own bouquet (pruning shears, a 1L mason jar, and a water tap) will be available on site. And make sure to check out the new feature for 2022: a small artificial lake in the heart of the sunflower field!

During the two events, families and kids can also enjoy the challenges of a corn maze, romp about in the playground, or have a break in the grassy picnic area. All of the areas are open to visitors who purchase a ticket for any of the farm’s events. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own picnics.

If you don’t have a chance to visit during the summer, the Festiv’Halloween in October is a spooktacularly decorated Halloween event with a haunted labyrinth, and pumpkin and autumn flower picking in the fields. Besides traditional orange jack o’ lanterns, there will also be around sixty different varieties of pumpkins and squash to choose from. For older teens or adults, check out Domaine Maudit, an intense 250-metre indoor and outdoor course animated by sinister characters.

Address: 75 route 201, Coteau-du-Lac, J0P 1B0
Information: 450-567-9818
accueil@labelledecoteau.ca

Purchase tickets online at labelledecoteaudulac.com/reserver/

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