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Stay Sweet: 10 Best Strawberry Picking Farms in Ottawa

Stay Sweet 10 Best Strawberry Picking Farms in Ottawa_1

Summer season is strawberry season, when these fruits are red, juicy, sweet, and delicious—just perfect! It’s something to look forward to, especially since you get to pick your own, from farm to table.

If you want to get bucket loads of this red fruit for homemade jam or just want to eat them fresh, check out the best farms for strawberry picking in Ottawa. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and grab the juiciest fruit of them all!

Richmond Nursery

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Address: 5740 Old Richmond Road, Richmond, ON K0A 2Z0, Canada

Contact: 613-838-2282

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm 
  • Sunday: 9:00 am-  4:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: $9 per 2L basket, $16 per 4L basket

If you want to visit a strawberry farm that has been a staple in Ottawa, head to Richmond Nursery. They planted their very first strawberries in 1959 and haven’t stopped ever since!

Strawberry picking season starts around June, and the farm allows visitors to pick their own just a little later after their own pickers. They’re even open on holidays, which is great news because no one wants to miss out on strawberry picking.

You can pick five different varieties of strawberries here, which you’ll notice by the colour and shape. But they all have sweet and juicy flavours, and some are a little more intense than others.

Pro Tip:
Except for children under the age of 12, all pickers must purchase a minimum of 2L. They charge by the basket instead of weight, so four adults must buy four 2L or two 4L baskets.

Fraisière Duquette Strawberries

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Address: 2236 Champlain Road, Clarence Creek, ON K0A 1N0, Canada

Contact: 613-488-3284, [email protected]

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on holidays, weather, and berry availability.

Price: $2.90 per lb

Fraisière Duquette Strawberries is a mainstay for picking your own fruits in Ottawa. They started off as a strawberry farm and have offered U-Pick since then.

Here, you get June-bearing strawberries in different varieties, which are large, sweet, and juicy. The intense flavours are perfect for jam-making and make a great addition to any dessert.

Also, they’re not strict with baskets, so bring something small for your little ones to carry easily.

Pro Tip:
Reaching Fraisière Duquette Strawberries will take a 40-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, depending on traffic. So bring snacks and water and take a little break at the picnic tables available on the farm.

Rideau Pines Farm

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Address: 5714 Fourth Line Road, North Gower, ON K0A 2T0, Canada

Contact: 613-489-3601, [email protected]

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday: Friday – 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: Varies per season and weight

Rideau Pines Farms is a beloved strawberry picking spot just near Ottawa because it’s wheelchair and stroller accessible. Plus, you get to spend some peaceful time harvesting strawberries because the farm is away from the bustling highways.

You can pick different varieties of strawberries here, all with their own kind of sweetness. You’ll even find their strawberries and other fruits in various restaurants all over town, which definitely speaks about the quality of their crops.

Also, don’t be surprised to see jam sessions while strawberry picking. They invite local artists to play at the farm to serenade the guests for a memorable experience.

Pro Tip:
Live performances will usually be available in the summertime. But check their upcoming events if you want to have a little jam session after picking strawberries.

Shouldice Berry Farm

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Address: 2901 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON K2C 3H1, Canada (complete list of locations)

Contact: No phones, in-person only

Operating Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: $10 per 2L basket, $20 per 4L basket, $25 per 6L basket

If you’re looking for an easy-to-reach strawberry farm, Shouldice Berry Farm is just a 20-minute drive from the downtown area. And with four locations in the capital, driving to their farms has never been easier.

Starting around June or July, they’re open daily until August – or when the strawberries are all picked out. There’s no admission fee here, too, so just pay what you pick at the farm.

There’s also no no extra charge for the buckets! Just bring a box to put your strawberries in after paying, or if you prefer an easy process, you can bring your own containers marked as 2L, 4L or 6L.

Pro Tip:
Bring cash if you’re going to the Woodroffe and Richmond farms because they don’t accept debit card payments. But their Merivale and Bells Corner locations accept both debit and cash.

Foster Family Farm

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Address: 2203 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 7L9, Canada

Contact: 613-851-3903, [email protected]

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: Varies per weight, may depend on the year

For over 50 years, Foster Family Farm has provided quality strawberries in Ottawa, selling their crops at various roadside fruit stands across the city for easy accessibility. Wholesale strawberries are even available here—time for baking, anyone?

But don’t worry because they don’t run out for pick-your-own season. With 25 acres dedicated to fresh strawberries alone (with plans of expanding), anyone living in or around Ottawa can get their summer fill.

Visit their socials to get updates regarding the U-Pick strawberry season. They even give updates about which farm is available or has the most harvest!

Pro Tip:
Bring cash when picking strawberries at the farm. While they accept debit, cash is the preferred choice and the easiest way to pay.

Avonmore Berry Farm

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Address: 16365 4th Road, Avonmore, ON K0C 1C0, Canada

Contact: 613-346-5414, 613-346-2336

Operating Hours: Mid-June to October 31, Monday – Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are extended during picking season and subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: $17 per 4L basket

Avonmore Berry Farm continues to expand, currently with 20 acres of strawberries. No wonder it’s a popular kid-friendly place because there’s a tonne of space to roam around.

Families will have heaps of fun because there’s a play area for the little ones, with sandboxes, swings, slides, and hay mows. Meanwhile, adults can shop at The Pantry, where you can taste homemade goods with ingredients harvested from the farm.

But that’s all before harvesting large, sweet, and good-quality strawberries. So grab your hats and get your hands dirty because pick-your-own starts at the height of the season in mid-June and lasts until July, just before they start pre-picked strawberries.

Pro Tip:
Remember that parental supervision is required in all play areas. It’s recommended to visit it after strawberry picking.

Rochon Gardens

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Address: 1101 York’s Corners Road, Edwards, ON K0A 1V0, Canada

Contact: 613-821-3245, [email protected]

Operating Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Sunday: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: Depending on the weight, prices may vary per season

From downtown, take a short 25-minute drive to Rochon Gardens for some of the best and juiciest strawberries in the Ottawa area. Being close to the urban core means you get to visit as soon as the strawberries are ripe and ready for picking.

The strawberries here are large, bright red, and delicious. Expect to get lots in under 10 minutes at the strawberry patch if the harvest is bountiful, but it will still depend on Mother Nature.

If you are unsure about the hours since they do change depending on several factors, don’t be shy and give them a little nudge on Facebook. It’s the social media page they’re most active at.

Pro Tip:
Sometimes, the strawberry season doesn’t last quite as long. If you missed out on U-Pick, you can check out their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program and get a wide selection of fruits and vegetables bi-weekly from May to October.

Beckwith Berries

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Address: 9961 Cavanagh Road, Carleton Place, ON K7C 0C4, Canada

Contact: 613-253-4171

Operating Hours: 

  • Monday – Friday: 8:00 am 8:00 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability.

Price: $2.20 per lb

A strawberry farm close to the city is Beckwith Berries, which produces mouthwatering sweet berries that will get you to purchase more baskets. There are different varieties that are ripe at various times, so there’s something sweet every day for the season.

It’s also pretty affordable since they have good strawberries, and they weigh by the pound instead of by the basket. The strawberry patch also has enough space for kids and adults that it doesn’t feel crowded, sometimes even on weekends.

An important note to remember: the farm only accepts cash. Make sure you have enough money with you since there are no fixed prices per bucket.

Pro Tip:
Check their socials during picking season because they sell day-old strawberries for a discounted price. These are great for jam-making or if you want to make strawberry desserts.

Ferme d’Orléans

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Address: 1399 St Joseph Blvd, Orléans, ON K1C 7K9, Canada

Contact: 613-830-1303

Operating Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability. Pick-your-own is open on Mondays.

Price: $17 per 4L

Ferme d’Orléans is so close to downtown you only need to be on the road for less than 20 minutes. It’s great for a quick trip any day of the week, so head on to the strawberry field, just at the corner of Bearbrook Road and St. Joseph.

Strawberries are the best around the middle of June until July, even later than that if the weather permits. There are different varieties available here, and the majority are pretty large but equally delicious.

Their farm is easy to spot on the road—just look for the red and white tent of the fruit stand. There’s also a nice parking area with enough spots, even on weekends.

Pro Tip:
Since strawberry season is pretty quick, pre-picked boxes are available if you missed out.

Courges & cie

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Address: 59 Chem. Myre, Gatineau, QC J8R 3C7, Canada

Contact: 819 663-0089, [email protected]

Operating Hours: Friday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm

Hours are subject to change depending on weather conditions and fruit availability. Activities are by appointment.

Price: $16 per 4L (subject to change)

If you’re looking for a family-oriented activity, a must-visit is Courges & cie in Gatineau. The best part? Their farm is organic and grown without pesticides for fresh and healthy eating.

Their main offering is U-Pick, and they have a lot of crops that come in different varieties. There’s something to pick every week, and with their sweet strawberries, you can make jams and baked goods.

Strawberry picking at this spot comes with perks besides delicious fruits. There’s a play area, mini farm, and tasting activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Pro Tip:
You can inquire about tasting activities, which they host every weekend. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll get to have some delicious strawberry-filled goodies!