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 three 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.
Coming up during the last two weekends in July is Festi-Fleurs — an all-new event for 2021. Designed as a pick-your-own flowers experience, visitors can connect with nature while strolling through fields seeded with over 60 different flower varieties. This new activity has been in the works since winter 2020 and is realized with advice from family members who’ve 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.
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, 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 40 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.
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. New this year is the addition of riddles scattered around the maze. Participants will have to find these riddles and solve them in order to find the letters that form the agricultural-themed mystery word. All three areas are open to visitors who purchase a ticket for any of the farm’s events.
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For a complete experience, savoury farm-fresh food is available for pre-order. Two options are offered:
- Lunch boxes with a menu based on fruits and vegetables from La Belle. These boxes are only available to those who request them when booking online at least a day before their visit.
- The Assiette de La Belle features two of their sweet corn on the cob, two tasting sausages, and a basket of their famous fresh strawberries. Unlike the lunch boxes, you do not need to reserve Les Assiettes de La Belle in advance, as they are also available on-site with no reservations. However, they are offered online at a lower price than if you buy them the same day.
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 thirty 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. Halloween activities will be held every weekend in October 2021, except for Domaine Maudit which starts on October 15th.
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Address: 75 route 201, Coteau-du-Lac, J0P 1B0
Tickets must be pre-purchased online at labelledecoteaudulac.com/reserver/
Only people who have booked and paid for their time slot online will be allowed entry on the days of the events. In order to control crowding on the farm, people arriving without having reserved their place online at least two hours in advance will not be able to enter the site.
Anticipated dates and hours of the three agro-tourism activities for 2021.
July 23, 24 & 25 — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
July 30, 31 & August 1 — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tournesols en fleurs
August 20, 21 & 22 — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
August 26, 27, 28 & 29 — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
September 3, 4, 5 & 6 — 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October 2 & 3 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 9 & 10 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 16 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 23 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
October 30 — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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