Ag Tourism - Frequently Asked Questions

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 What is Agri-tourism and how can I find out more about this industry?
Agri-tourism is a mix of two of Alberta’s top industries – Agriculture and tourism. In our highly urbanized society, agri-tourism has gained popularity. It presents the tourist with an opportunity to experience Alberta’s rural communities and activities such as farm tours, farmers markets, festivals, trail rides and much more. You can obtain more information and ideas about this industry by visiting the Alberta Agriculture web site or calling Alberta Agriculture New Venture Specialist at 310-FARM (3276).
About Alberta Agri-tourism

How do I start a business doing Farm Tours?
The first thing to consider is why would someone want to pay to visit your farm; what is unique or different? Once you have determined what attractions you have, you next need to be sure that you and your family do not have a problem with strangers on your farm and that someone in you family likes to entertain. More detailed information is available through the link below.
Providing Farm Tours

Where can I find information about starting a Bed and Breakfast business?
Before starting a Bed and Breakfast you need to check with your family to be sure that everyone is all right with having strangers in their home. Your next step is to check with your local municipal office, health authority and fire department to find out their regulations pertaining to bed and breakfast businesses. The Alberta Bed and Breakfast Association (ABBA) has an inspection standard sheet, which gives you a lot of information and will assist you in creating a quality Bed and Breakfast.
Country Vacation Enterprise

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Prepared by Kathy Bosse, Ag-Info Centre, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

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This information published to the web on July 21, 2003.
Last Reviewed/Revised on April 27, 2017.