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What's Happening at Serendipity Farm & Sanctuary?

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

Haltered Llama Walks for up to 7 people are available for booking - Please see our "Llama Walks" Tab for full details. (Llama Walk Gift Cards are also available!)

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

Donations can also be made at any time by Interac E-Transfer to:

Alpaca Beans Fertilizer and Compost Manure pick-up are both available now - please call us in advance!! (All proceeds from the sale of our alpaca and llama fertilizer and compost are donated to The Lanark Highlands Food Pantry.)

We try to maintain sanctuary space available for rescues at all times - please contact us anytime if you have an animal needing our help.

Please support our Farm and Sanctuary work by donating to our GoFundMe campaign at:

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"Allie" growing rapidly .... and getting cuter each day - October 2021!
"Pepper" with her beautiful new daughter about 2 hours old - born August 18, 2021!!

Our "Dolly" Llama relaxing on a very hot August 2021 afternoon.

Guests returning from a really enjoyable llama walk - July 2021!

"Centauri" enjoying a hill view of "his property" !! :) July 2021

Some of the Alpacas Boys enjoying a meal of fresh hay! May 2021

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.