Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard that Toronto opened up it’s first cat cafe last week. Sadly, the long lines have kept me apart from Toronto’s hottest felines, so I decided to hit visit the next best place, The Riverdale Farm. Sure, I didn’t get to have coffee with a cat, but I did get to pet a horse which was pretty darn cool.
Riverdale Farm is located at the edge of Cabbagetown, which is only a quick 15 minute streetcar away from campus. The farm is comprised of 7.5 acres of cute animals, scenic pathways, gorgeous ponds, and ruins from the old Toronto Zoo which occupied the grounds from 1894 until it relocated to Scarborough in 1974.
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved visiting petting zoos and fun farms, and Riverdale reminded me a lot of those experiences. As silly as it sounds, spending the day hanging out with barnyard animals and walking through the gorgeous paths of the farm really helped alleviate the exam-season stress that I’ve been feeling lately.
The farm is every day all year round, from 9am – 5pm, and admission is always free.