Guest Post by Connie Hobbis
Did you know that BC has islands accessible to the public by bridge?
Right before well-known Emma Lea Farms, sits the Westham Island herb Farm formally ‘Ellis Farm’ of Westham Island in Delta. Established in 1916 (that’s 104 years!), it’s been owned by the same family that practically invented farming in the surrounding areas by horse and cradle scything since back in the early days.
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For me and my four- year-old, getting to this farm was just as fun as being here. The island of Westham off the tip of Ladner is only accessible by an old single-lane, wood-deck truss bridge aptly named Westham Island Bridge and has been up since 1909. With extensive refitting, they were able to preserve the original structure and it now acts as the main source of connection from the Island to the Lower Mainland. For all my fellow pontists out there!
How to Plan Your Visit
- farm on an island—rustic country buildings, a general store that carries a huge amount of locally grown fruits & vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, cut flowers & artisanal goods.
- 3 acre pumpkin patch that are still attached to their vines—enter off a mini corn maze walk, which adds to the excitement!
- the single-lane, wood-deck truss bridge that connects leaves the kiddos in awe.
Admission + Hours
Admission is FREE, you pay for what you pick/buy
Plentiful FREE perpendicular parking off the main road along the perimeter of the farm. Footsteps away if you park close to the main entrance.
- portable toilet on site with proper COVID precautions and social distancing rules in effect.
- no baby change table on site.
What to wear / bring
- rainboots and light coat
- water & snacks to keep hydrated, although the store has it all
- the epitome of shopping local all items grown or made right in BC
- a small farm w/ animals—large plaques with their names of each animal, very nice to walk through w/ the kiddos.
Westham Island Herb Farm and Pumpkin Patch
Connie Hobbis is a Vancouver Mom of two who enjoys adventuring with her kids around BC (& beyond). Follow her on Instagram at @buddycons