A Visit to the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm

Two handsome kangaroos lounge in the shade at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna British Columbia
Two handsome kangaroos lounge in the shade at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna British Columbia

With only two days in Kelowna on a 7 day British-Columbia adventure I was looking for a short hike or daytime adventure that was close to Kelowna and my hotel. I saw a pamphlet for the Kelowna Kangaroo Creek Farm and thought I’d give it a try…I was so glad I did the place was fantastic! It’s just outside of Kelowna and is a privately operated kangaroo farm and they have more than just kangaroos, they have goats and emus and other strange creatures and I won’t say too much because you have to go there and see for yourself!

A mother kangaroo with an albino joey peeking out of her pouch!
A mother kangaroo with an albino joey peeking out of her pouch!

I got to hold a little baby joey and she was such a little softie, the farm employees careful pass around little plush pouches with the baby kangaroos inside and they snuggle up and licked anyone who held them! They were so cute and cuddly, the kids loved it! There were mini goats roaming around munching on shoots and leaves and the large open field full of kangaroos lounging in the shade was lovely!

Cuddling a baby joey at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna BC
Cuddling a baby joey at the Kangaroo Creek Farm in Kelowna BC

We saw an albino kangaroo which is very rare the guide said there is only 1 in 10,000 kangaroos who are albino so it was nice to be able to pat one and they have such lovely little eyebrows!! They do look a bit like big white rats but there’s nothing wrong with that!

Watching them all hop about in the open grass and not being afraid of people was a great experience.

This albino kangaroo is very rare! Only 1 in 10,000 are all white like this sweetie!
This albino kangaroo is very rare! Only 1 in 10,000 are all white like this sweetie!

We even saw a mama kangaroo with a little albino joey in her pouch! They seem like very gently creatures and it was something I won’t forget. I only had an hour to visit the kangaroos but will go back again next time and try and bring a friend, its a great place for families and good times! The entrance is by donation and the farm recieves no government funding, it’s not a kangaroo rescue just a place created by true animal lovers! You should give at least $5 per person and by the time you’ve held a joey and patted a true to life “Skippy” you’ll want to give even more on your way out! Great place for photos!

There are some more photos at the Kangaroo Creek Farm Website

This little joey was so cozy in her plush little pouch and on her face was a big happy smile as the kids cuddled her.
This little joey was so cozy in her plush little pouch and on her face was a big happy smile as the kids cuddled her.

There are portable toilets on the site and a place to have picnics but it is a farm and not a provincial park so expect some dust and mud and smells and try and keep it clean and don’t litter. I hope they can keep operating as it was a super experience!

This all white kangaroo had lovely eye lashes and cute little pink eyes!
This all white kangaroo had lovely eye lashes and cute little pink eyes!

If you are going to Kelowna here are some hotels

The website of the farm is here: http://www.kangaroocreekfarm.com/index.html

 

Moncton Highland Games

This herd of highland sheep was scurrying away from the sheepdog, going right where the dog wanted the sheep to go!
This herd of highland sheep was scurrying away from the sheepdog, going right where the dog wanted the sheep to go!

Went to the Highland Games in Moncton to start the Summer with something different and despite the rain and a muddy field we had a good time. If you like bagpipes and bagpipe and drum bands this was the place for you…luckily we had earplugs and they came in pretty handy! We watched the 16 pound hammer throw and some other highland game that looked like the kilted lads were tossing huge oversize olives on toothpicks. We went to the archery demonstration and did your Koh-Lanta challenge, DD was hitting bulls eyes right away but I was missing balloons and getting an arm bruise from my bowstring due to poor technique but it was fun! Next was the sheep shearing demonstration which was very interesting!

We saw a demonstration of the sheep shearing, and it was incredible to see how relaxed the sheep was as she was handled!
We saw a demonstration of the sheep shearing, and it was incredible to see how relaxed the sheep was as she was handled!

The way the sheep shearer handled the sheep and how the sheep was very calm about the whole experience basically rolling around  in the position the farmer was guiding her without even trying to escape. It was amazing to see how much wool comes off one single sheep. The farmer explained how they get about $1.50 per pound for sheep wool which is about the same price as 30 years ago. After the sheep shearing we had a sheepdog demonstration where an amazing dog and master team guided and controlled a group of four sheep. It was amazing to see how smart the dog was and you could see in her eyes the intelligence! After that we visited a couple of the genealogy tents to look for familiar names and family crests…for the day we decided in honor of the Scottish peoples to become Mac DD and MacDAMI for the afternoon!

MacDD was hitting the target right away! She looks like she's right at home with her bow and arrow and could easily survive in The Hunger Games!
MacDD was hitting the target right away! She looks like she’s right at home with her bow and arrow and could easily survive in The Hunger Games!