Do you ever fantasize about living a simpler life away from the hustle and bustle of the big city? Perhaps you always wanted to grow your own food and take care of a few farm animals. If that’s the case, we’ve got the perfect place for you! The province of Ontario—boasting the greatest number of farms in Canada (over 59,000)—offers incredible opportunities for beginners and hobby farmers alike.
Although the northern part of the province is mostly covered by tundra and dense forests, the south is suitable for many types of farming. This is largely due to the province’s proximity to The Great Lakes, which moderates the local climate, offering satisfactory weather conditions for raising livestock, growing crops of many varieties and even planting orchards and vineyards.
With such a wide variety of agricultural activities available, anyone can find the branch that suits them best. Crop farmers will feel right at home in Ontario, since the province is the largest producer of soybeans, shelled corn and mixed grains in Canada. Livestock farming is similarly widespread, with many people grazing cattle and sheep, which are kept for their meat and for dairy and wool production. The Niagara Peninsula and the area around Lake Erie favour the cultivation of orchards and offer excellent climatic conditions for vineyards. The region around Newmarket, especially the abundant soils of the Holland Marsh, is perfect for growing vegetables and other market garden produce. Ontario is also a great place to learn about farming, since it is home to both the Ontario Agriculture College and the Ontario Horticultural Association.
Interested in seeing a few amazing properties which might tempt you to sell your poky city apartment and move to the countryside? Below you’ll find three inviting farms for sale in Ontario:
#1 Tiny, Central Ontario, Ontario, 90 acres, $3,500,000
We kick off our list with this impressive 90-acre farm located in the heart of Central Ontario. The name of the town where this property is located may be ‘Tiny’, but this property is anything but small! Its proximity to Lake Huron’s North Channel ensures world-class sailing opportunities, along with easy access to sandy beaches and LaCloche Provincial Park. Solar panels, equestrianism facilities and tool sheds all come with the property. A classic Alcan Seavilla house cruiser and a custom-built hovercraft are also included in the price, and you can use either of these to leisurely get around the lake. This property offers so much land that you can easily start your very own fruit or nut orchard here.
#2 112 Line 8 Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, 10 acres, $4,500,000
Our second listing gives you a rare opportunity to own a unique, 10-acre farm which comes with its very own aqua/organic vegetable production greenhouse. This place is perfect for those looking to run a profitable business—it comes with the huge advantage that the proprietor is actually willing to stick around for a bit to ensure a smooth transition. You will for one thing learn how to profit from the 140,000 square feet of guttered, durable plastic greenhouses. A brand new ozone water treatment system has been installed just recently, which will reduce costs and help raise crop yields. And let’s not forget about the fact that the property is a short drive away from schools, shops and more than one urban centre, so your family might well be happy about moving here too!
#3 81205 Baseline Road, Norwich, Ontario, 75 acres, $5,270,000
If you’d like to jump right into the farming business, then you shouldn’t miss out on this gorgeous 75 acre property in south-western Ontario. Boasting flat and sandy terrain, this is the best place to grow fruits, veggies, tobacco, or flowers—and even ginseng has been suggested as suitable crop. The listing features a 60,300-square-foot insulated barn with a huge cooler system, natural gas and electric access. The 216,000-square-foot glass greenhouse is ideal for planting and growing anything you want all year long. These updated features will definitely make your day-to-day life as a farmer much easier. Last but certainly not least, we should tell you that there are actually two houses here, both large and renovated, which add to making this an amazing property with myriad possibilities.
This is merely a tiny sample of the many awesome farms that the Ontario real estate market has to offer. Whether you’re interested in raising cattle or investing in a fruitful orchard, chances are that the province has the perfect place for you to start. Which is your favorite farm of the three listed here and why? Please feel free to share your opinion in the comments below!