It’s obvious that Tam Andersen has no problem getting ready for work each day. Her job title is “Director of Fun.” And as the owner of Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm in Bon Accord, Alta., she is responsible for dreaming up and implementing new ideas for her 35-acre property every year.
Originally homesteaded by a family from Michigan in 1896, and part of the Athabasca Landing Trail, the grounds are now home to a nursery and garden shop, pick-your-own strawberry patch, petting farm, corn maze, a Klondike ghost town and much more. Tam also runs a successful CSA program and hosts several events throughout the year, from Easter to Christmas, including a Fairy Berry Festival, Corn Fest and a Haunted Pumpkin Festival.
Here are some photos from a recent visit.
When I pull up and get out of my car, I find myself grinning from ear to ear. Because this is exactly the kind of place I would have LOVED to visit as a kid. There is a whole little village of fun, which you can glimpse in this photo through the entrance gate.