Have you ever thought about leaving the big city behind and moving to the country to try your hand at farming? If so, you might want to learn more about Alberta—its motto ‘Strong and Free’—the province with the second greatest number of farms in Canada, a whopping 53,652. And although it may be the country’s most populous prairie province, it measures no less than 1,200 kilometers from north to south, offering plenty of space for everyone.
Alberta has some of the sunniest places in Canada—which compensates somewhat for its cold winters—and while it is certainly not the wettest part of the country, crops here appreciate the frequent rainfall during summer. As well as farming, horse lovers will be happy to discover that Alberta is their kind of place—you could join a local federation or even set up your own equestrianism facilities on your new property!
Another bonus for any aspiring Albertan farmer is the wide variety of farming that is possible. A lot of the land here is used for grazing livestock, with more than 3 million head of cattle providing almost half of Canada’s beef. The province is also the country’s most important area for bison, and sheep are domesticated for their wool and meat. Arable farming is a major feature in some areas, with wheat and canola being the main crops, and barley, flaxseed, alfafa and rapeseed also widely grown. Another popular local activity is beekeeping, with Alberta leading the provinces in this regard. Forestry is likewise very important here, providing over 15,000 jobs to locals. The timber is used in many ways and is exported to the USA and even as far afield as Asia.
Would you like to see some fine properties that might encourage your dream of becoming a farmer? Check out three different but equally stunning farms for sale in Alberta here:
#1 243036 – TWP 475A, Wetaskiwin County, 75.99 acres, $1,190,000
First up we have this beautifully maintained farm, ideal for beginners or hobby farmers. The property boasts a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom family home, a barn, a workshop and 75 acres of land set-up for horses and other animals. The private lot has been very well kept by its previous owners and is dotted with mature trees, shrubs, hedges and flower gardens. It offers a generous barn where you can provide a home for your horses or cattle. The strategically located water wells are an additional highlight, providing a efficient solution to watering whatever you decide to grow here, for instance a vegetable garden to provide for your family. The property also comes with plenty of farmland for either crops or livestock.
#2 59425 RR 240A, North Central Alberta, 156 acres, $1,195,000
Second on our list is another splendid property, offering twice the acreage for nearly the same price as the first listing. Located in Alberta’s Heartland, it comes with a lovely 6-bedroom, 5-bath executive home in move-in ready condition. Beside the house you’ll find multiple heated garages, so you and your family can store all your vehicles safely. The lot is fully landscaped and fenced, which is a great advantage. The numerous horse-riding facilities encourage equestrianism, and both proficient and aspiring horse riders will feel right at home here. Those looking to keep other animals or to work the land will likely find the wells, crops, tool sheds, cattle pens and the barn all very useful.
#3 40032 Range Road 220, 145 acres, $1,150,000
Lastly we have this 145 acre property, located on the western part of Buffalo Lake. Following a well-maintained tree-lined road, you’ll reach the magnificent 4-bedroom, 2-bath home, offering over 3,500 square feet of living space. The enormous heated garage situated next to the home can house several cars. The ranch is perfect for livestock farming, boasting cross-fenced sections where you can keep animals. It also comes with two generous barns, one to store your agricultural machinery and one to use as a workshop. There is a man-made pond and the frequent views of wild animals in the surroundings adds extra interest for nature lovers. Despite having such a remote feel, the property is actually not too far away from Highway 21.
This has been just a small taste of the amazing farms that the Alberta real estate market currently has to offer. We think these properties represent excellent opportunities for anyone aspiring to make their living from the land. But we’re curious to know your opinion: which farm did you like best and why? Let us know in the comments below!