Drive an hour out of Edmonton towards Millet and you’ll find Pigtopia, where not only pigs, but horses and goats, roam the land. No animals are harmed on the farm — their only jobs are to graze in the fields and get endless human cuddles. Seriously, that’s one the services Pigtopia offers.
The Pauls family moved to the farm in 2019 after their previous house had a fire, and they opened up their farm to families in 2020 to give families a place to go during the pandemic.
“We opened our farm to some friends in May of 2020 when the schools and playgrounds were closed,” says Angela Pauls. “It gave them a place to bring their kids to run off some energy and also visit with our animals too. The animals really flourished with this.”
Pigtopia’s services range from birthday parties and day camps to the cuddle club where anyone can volunteer to snuggle the pigs at the farm. The Pauls try to host as many events at the farm as possible including picnics, farm tours and markets.
If you’re looking for something to do with the family over May Long Weekend then check out Pigtopia’s Picnic & Scavenger Hunt. Bring your own lunch and have some family-friendly fun on the farm with the animals.
“Until you can come out and experience the peace and tranquility of Pigtopia, I think you are truly missing out,” says Pauls. “This happened by accident and it has been such a blessing these last 12 months. The animals love unconditionally and they know how to make you smile. The peace and quiet of the property really helps you connect with nature and animals.”
There are two separate time slots available for May 24: 10 a.m and 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased online.