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What's Happening at Serendipity Farm & Sanctuary?

We are open most days all year for visits, tours, llama walks and farm store shopping - ALL BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Thank you!

Admission for visits and tours is by monetary donation towards animal care and feeding (Cash, Credit Card, or Interac Email Transfer) which are accepted at our Farm and Sanctuary Store.

TWO levels of Haltered Llama Walks are now available for booking - Please see our "Llama Walks" Tab for full details. (Llama Walk Gift Cards are also available!)

We have an excellent selection of Alpacas available for sale at the moment.

Please note that we have NO LLAMAS FOR SALE at the moment.

All proceeds from the sale of our alpaca and llama fertilizer and compost are donated to The Lanark Highlands Food Pantry. These sales are now suspended for the winter - commencing again in spring 2021!

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Our "Nature Trails Llama Walks" continue in this year's fantastic mid-November 2020 weather!
"Marigold" with her mom "Olive" on a sunny October 2020 morning!

A very special young couple enjoying a llama walk - September 2020!

"Mila" and "Chilli" approving our 2020 Second Cut Hay - September 2020

At Serendipity Farm & Sanctuary Alpacas & Llamas our mission is to raise and care for healthy and happy animals; breed for quality alpaca fibre while maintaining strong bloodlines; and most importantly, recognizing the value and unique nature of each and every animal. We serve as a rescue sanctuary for llamas in need of a place to live safely and happily. We are also dedicated to providing information about, and promoting the benefits of, raising camelids in Canada.

Alpacas – An Overview

Alpacas are small animals of the camelid family (other members include llamas, camels, vicunas and guanacos). They were domesticated over 5,000 years ago by the ancient Inca civilization. Their fine cashmere-like fleece was once reserved for Incan royalty.

Alpacas produce fiber that is as fine as cashmere, soft, silky and much warmer than sheep's wool, while also wicking moisture away from the body. Alpaca fiber is lanolin-free making it virtually allergen-free! With the exception of mohair, alpacas produce the strongest animal fiber in the world. Their fleece comes in 22 natural colours, the widest assortment of colours of any fiber-bearing animal. Prized for its unique silky feel and superb handle, alpaca fiber is highly sought after by the textile makers of Britain, Europe and Japan.

Alpacas have a life span of 15 - 22 years. Adults weight 125 - 200 lbs and stand 34 - 36 inches high at the withers. Baby alpacas, called crias, generally weight 14 - 20 lbs at birth. Gestation is approximately 11 months. As a rule, alpacas are born during the day, usually between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Alpacas communicate through soft humming noises and a unique body language.

Today, in Canada, alpacas are raised for their exquisite fiber, and are enjoyed for their delightful personalities as well as the financial returns of raising and breeding them.

There are two types or breeds of alpaca, the huacaya and the suri, which differ primarily in the character of their fiber. The huacaya, the most common alpaca breed has a crimped or wavy fleece, whereas the suri has straight, lustrous fiber. In full fleece, the huacaya has a full, fluffy appearance, while the suri is elegantly draped in long, wavy locks.

Various worsted and woollen mills in Canada offer custom processing of alpaca fiber into various yarns, fabric and felt. Sweaters, blankets, mitts, socks, shawls, hats and duvets can be purchased through various home-based businesses.