Wandering wallaroos, Joeys wrapped in blankets, and free roaming capybaras – certainly not the usual animals one would expect to discover while visiting a farm in British Columbia. Our afternoon spent interacting with these curious creatures at Kangaroo Creek Farm was the highlight of our recent weekend getaway to Kelowna, BC.
This rural farm can be found quietly tucked behind a local A&W; the juxtaposition between the town and the farm makes it seem all the more special. After walking down a long driveway and through the main entrance, you arrive at a large open area with free roaming animals of all sorts. While we were there, we saw several different kangaroo species, as well as sugar gliders, emus, parrots, capybaras, pot bellied pigs, and many others.
In one area of the farm, they have several chairs set up, where you can cuddle baby kangaroos. After sitting down, one of the farm staff will bring you a small blanket “pouch”, with a baby kangaroo inside. The kids (and us!) really enjoyed our cuddle.
Our daughter’s favorite part of the farm involved being climbed on by sugar gliders. During our visit, a staff member walked around the farm with two of these adorable little guys, and allowed visitors to hold them. They jumped from person to person, climbed all over them, and tried to crawl into a variety of pockets and purses.
The entire farm is operated on donations alone. The suggested donation is $5, and seems very reasonable for the entertainment value provided. The staff is knowledgeable, and readily available to answer any questions you may have about the unique farm animals. During peak season, they also offer educational tours through the pens.
We visited the farm on the Labor Day long weekend, so it was very busy. If possible, we would suggest heading there on a weekday, or earlier in the morning, to avoid the crowds. The place is very popular with both locals and tourists.
We had a great time visiting the farm, and would definitely return again. The kids loved spending time with the animals, and we really liked how authentic and non-commercial it felt. We would highly recommend adding the Kangaroo Creek Farm to your must-do list when visiting the Okanagan.