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Visit our sheep, goats, pigs and rabbits!

Nelson, CanadaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

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Animal experience hosted by Debra

60 mins
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

WE'RE DONE VISITS FOR THE FALL AND WINTER....starting up again in MAY 2021 :)
We'll meet the animals in the small animal enclosure (2 bunnies) and the large animal enclosure (2 goats, 2 sheep, and 2 pigs) and we'll spend time hand feeding the animals and petting them. Some are shy, but others are pretty friendly. I can tell you each animals history of how he/she arrived here. If Newton is in a good mood he might do some jumps for us (he's working on his goat agility training) If all guests are over the age of 8 we can also take the goats and sheep out for a walk up the road if you like - they are leash trained! The sanctuary visit is a simple experience...just come connect with our animals, go for a little walk with the goats and sheep, and feed them all some treats :) Your visit can be as long or short as you like. This is a fantastic kids experience and is geared toward kids but adults can participate as well. Money raised from this experience goes toward animal feed and care.
Please note: toddlers are welcome on the farm but this experience is best suited to kids ages 3 and up. We've found the under 3's sometimes scare the animals with loud shrieks or sudden movements. Kids under 3 have also sometimes been afraid of the animals.
Other things to note
You'll be walking over uneven terrain. There is a bathroom in the main residence that guests can use. No cell or wifi service. Children that make loud sudden noises or movements will scare the animals. This is a calm activity.
WE'RE DONE VISITS FOR THE FALL AND WINTER....starting up again in MAY 2021 :)
We'll meet the animals in the small animal enclosure (2 bunnies) and the large animal enclosure (2 goats, 2 sheep, and 2 pigs) and we'll spend time hand feeding the animals and petting them. Some are shy, but others are pretty friendly. I can tell you each animals history of how he/she arrived here. If Newton is in a good mood he might do some jumps for us (he'…

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Meet your host, Debra

Host on Airbnb since 2015
  • 11 Reviews
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I grew up in Nelson on a small hobby farm. My love for animals has led me to rescue rabbits, lambs and goats. In 2019 I started Rixen Creek Micro Farm Sanctuary! Being micro we only have a few animals. We're slowly expanding but for now its just 8 animals. Our animals are here for life (most were saved from slaughter) to be loved and cared for...they are not used for meat, milk, or wool.
The goats and sheep are often out in public - at the beach, dog park, Baker street, birthday parties...they try to inspire folks to try plant based meat and dairy alternatives since they themselves are meat rescues (and this is where my passion, expertise, and experience lies) . But the farm visit experience does not need to include this topic unless you're curious about it. We just want folks to come and have fun meeting the animals!
I grew up in Nelson on a small hobby farm. My love for animals has led me to rescue rabbits, lambs and goats. In 2019 I started Rixen Creek Micro Farm Sanctuary! Being micro we only have a few animals. We're slowly expanding but for now its just 8 animals. Our animals are here for life (most were saved from slaughter) to be loved and cared for...they are not used for meat, milk, or wool.
The goats and sheep are often out in public - at the beach, dog park, Baker street, birthday parties…
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Where you'll be

Our sanctuary is 10 minutes drive west of Nelson in a rural neighborhood of hobby farms. Its a a beautiful 2 acre property of forest, creek, yards and gardens.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Cate
September 2020
Great little sanctuary farm that my 3 year old warmed up to fairly quickly! ... she loved feeding the animals and even did her best goat impression climbing the stairs and over the goat jump with Newton! >heart<
Christina
September 2020
Our experience with Debra was amazing. It was so awesome to interact with the different animals. We also got to see close hand how Debra cares for the animals while learning a bit of animals history and where they came from, which was eye opening. Towards the end of our experience, we were given the opportunity to walk the different goats and sheep up the street. The whole experience was surprisingly relaxing to say the least. We loved every minute of it.
Our experience with Debra was amazing. It was so awesome to interact with the different animals. We also got to see close hand how Debra cares for the animals while learning a bit…
Elliott
July 2020
This experience was awesome! Better than we could have possibly expected. Debra is an incredibly interesting and open person with lots of knowledge and inspiring ideas. My partner Helen and I felt very welcomed by Debra and really appreciated the extra time she gave us and mini tour of her property as we had many of the same interests. Debra has a beautiful property with lots of wild flowers and trees. The animals are really friendly and well looked after. They are actually so lucky to have been given a new ‘cared for’ life experience by Debra. We loved feeding and petting the animals and highly recommend this experience to both children and (bigger children) - adults (like us). You will not be disappointed with this experience and at such great value for money. Thank you Debra. :)
This experience was awesome! Better than we could have possibly expected. Debra is an incredibly interesting and open person with lots of knowledge and inspiring ideas. My par…
Heather
August 2019
Such a fun sweet little family date! Debra is so thoughtful and patient and really made us feel welcome even with our two excited boys after a rainy night...she made it such a fun private time for just us, we loved it!
Nick And Sarah
September 2020
Debra has a wonderful property and a deep love for her animals. It was nice to have her share that with us!
Trish
September 2020
Wonderful experience for me, my husband and our little kid. Good time with the animals and the host. Would recommend this interaction

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 8 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

    Bring footwear and pants that can get dirty/muddy. Clothes suitable for the weather that day.