Riverdale Farm is a working farm located in Toronto's downtown Cabbagetown neighbourhood. Visitors to our 7.5 acre property will get a first-hand taste of farm life, from raising livestock (cows, pigs, sheep, goats and chickens) to the year-round handwork and craft programs in The Meeting House. The property features flower, vegetable and herb gardens, as well as wooded areas and ponds connected to the city's rich ravine system. We are a popular community meeting place for families from across Toronto and beyond.Watch video of the Farm
Admission is FREE! Open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, including on public holidays. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Riverdale Farm is updating the Simpson House!
While the exterior of the house will remain untouched, work is scheduled to begin in January 2018 on the creation of a new Welcome Centre with updated facilities that will serve as a much-needed discovery hub designed to enhance the Riverdale Farm experience. The Riverdale Farm Stewardship Group is leading the planning for the new Centre, which is scheduled for completion in the fall 2018. Visit the Riverdale Farm Facebook page for progress updates. While work is underway, you are welcome to use the washrooms in The Meeting House.
Accessible & Family Friendly:
The farm is wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. Baby change tables are available in the Meeting House and the Simpson House washroom. (Please note that until mid-2018, Simpson House will be undergoing renovations and unfortunately won’t be accessible while this work is being completed.)
A lovely green space:
Riverdale Park West is adjacent to the Farm, and is a lovely picnic spot in the summer, with plenty of shade and a wading pool. To book a picnic table for your event or gathering, please contact 416 392-3188 for more information. During the winter, the Park offers some of the city’s best tobogganing hills. The Don River Valley Park to the east of the Farm provides access to the city’s ravine system, extending from Pottery Road into downtown Toronto.
A real working farm:
As we're a working farm and not a petting zoo, feeding of the animals is not permitted. Direct interactions with livestock and animals must be supervised by Farm staff.
Dogs or pets of any kind (service animals exempt), bicycles, in-line skates, foot scooters, ride-on toys and vehicles are not permitted on the property.
Groups & School vists:
Unplanned group or school visits may impact your group's experience at the Farm. We ask that you book ahead and discuss your visit with staff to ensure the best visit possible. Parking is limited to local City streets. Buses are able to pick up and drop off on Winchester St. To schedule a group or school visit to the Farm please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.Schedule a group or school visit
By TTC (subway, bus, or streetcar):
From Line 1, go to College subway station, and then board streetcar number 506 Gerrard St eastbound to Parliament St. Get off and cross Parliament. Walk one traffic light north to Winchester St. Walk approximately 10 minutes east to the Farm.
From Line 2, go to Castle Frank subway station, and then board bus number 65 southbound. Get off on Parliament at Winchester St., cross Parliament, and walk approximately 10 minutes east to the Farm.
No matter which part of the city you're coming from head to Winchester St. Bike racks are available, but please remember, bikes are not allowed on the farm property.
The nearest major intersection is Parliament and Carlton. From Parliament and Carlton, drive north one traffic light, and then turn right onto Winchester St. Continue on Winchester until you reach the Farm. Street parking is available but limited. Please ensure you check city signage upon arrival and before leaving your vehicle.
June 4 – October 15 (3pm-7pm)
The Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market is back!
Now run by the RFSG, the Cabbagetown Farmers’ Market will run every Tuesday, June 4 – October 15 (3pm-7pm) in Riverdale Park West. Visit cabbagetownmarket.ca for more information.
Daily farm activites:
Chat with the staff during daily chores that may include animal feeding, horse grooming, egg collection or mucking out the stalls, pens and paddocks.
Daily event at
Riverdale Farm hosts a daily farm demonstration, where the farmer presents a different animal to visitors in the Lower Francey Barn. Visitors are then free to ask questions. Check out the chalkboard at the entrance to Francey Barn to find out which animal the farmer will introduce on the day of your visit.
Visit the Barns:
The Francey Barn houses horses, cows, goats and sheep when they're not outside in the paddocks. Head over to the Pig and Poultry Barn and meet the animal residents.
Riverdale Farm is a working farm located in Toronto's Cabbagetown. Walk along the trails and point out the chickens, horses, goats, and more.