Canby is known as the "Oregon's Garden Spot" and Swan Island Dahlias is one of the main reasons for this well earned nickname. The farm bursts forth in acres upon acres of color each August through September, as the fields bloom with hundreds of varieties of these gorgeous flowers. There's even more to see along the farm loop, however.
TMK Creamery is a fun spot where you can meet their "cowlebrities" who happily pose for pictures when they're not creating the milk that goes into TMK's delicious cheeses, ice creams and other dairy deliciousness.
Fir Point Farms is just past the Canby limits, between Canby and Aurora. Activity here is at its peak during harvest season, but Fir Point is a year-round attraction. The country market is filled with local farm goodness, and the apple cider donuts they make year-round are practically an institution. Plus, you can meet all sorts of fun farm animals on their tours, including tree climbing pygmy goats.
Located at the confluence of the Willamette, Molalla and Pudding Rivers, Molalla River State Park has some beautiful, yet easy, hiking trails where you can spot a wide variety of native birds and other wildlife. There's an off-leash dog park for your best friend to burn some energy, as well as picnic grounds that are ideal for family togetherness activities. Fun tip: If you visit in late October, you'll most likely experience some pretty gorgeous leaf peeping opportunities.
Pat's Acres is a blast. There's just no other way to put it. From hardcore racers to people who have never gotten in a kart before, this go kart track gives you the opportunity to get in some laps fast laps in a park like setting. These karts can hit speeds of up to 50 mph on the straightaway, while also letting you dig deep into your turn, as you fight the g-forces to maintain your line. And on something this small, 50 mph feels a lot faster. The track also hosts drift racing events throughout the year where you can see some truly impressive displays of this poplar racing style. There is even a drifting school where you can learn how to do it yourself. All of this is handled by a professional team with safety being the most important aspect.
The Clackamas County Fair and Rodeo happens each year in mid-August and is filled with everything you would want from a fair. Thrilling carnival rides, fried everything, adorable animals, exciting exhibitions and of course, rodeo action each night.
The fairgrounds themselves are home to numerous other events throughout the year. The Clackamas County Scare Fair is a fun, Halloween themed event happening at the end of October. You can kick off your Christmas shopping at the Country Christmas Bazaar each November, followed by the Clackamas County Winter Fair in early December. Music lovers should clear their calendars for a pair of weekends in July, since Harefest happens July 8-9 and Wild Hare Country Festival on July 15-16. Those two music events are followed by the Oregon Bigfoot Festival and Beyond on July 29-31.
Hopping aboard the Canby Ferry is like riding on a time machine. In the early days, ferries were about the only reliable way to cross the Willamette River. Now only three remain operating in the state with the Canby Ferry being in service since 1914. Sure, you could take a bridge across the river on your next drive or bike ride, but why not take a leisurely cruise across the river where you can sit back and enjoy someone else handling things for a bit?
The Mt. Hood Territory Wine Trail is filled with small, family owned wineries throughout the area, and you can find some excellent stops around Canby. Two of then are conveniently located right next to each other, giving you the chance at a convenient pair of Wine Trail redemptions. St. Josef's Winery is one of Oregon's earliest wine growers and producers. That experience shows in everything they do, from their incredible wines to the beautiful grounds and tasting room. You'll think you've somehow been magically transported to Europe as you take in the views. And their line of sparkling wines are not to be missed.
Just past St. Josef's is Whiskey Hill Winery & Postlewait's Vineyards. They offer a truly authentic experience, as the man pouring your wine also planted the vines, harvested and very possibly drove the tractor to the tasting room. The tasting room is intimate and comfortable, while the grounds are simply stunning. A large barn can be booked for larger tasting events and is also very popular for weddings.
From toys and hobby items to antiques or high fashion, Canby has some great shopping options. Find art to add to your collection, or grab supplies to create your own from Art-O-Maddic. Find old classics and new favorite stories at The Book Nook, or browse the latest styles from Park & Lu Boutique. There are plenty of more options as well. Whatever you go for, definitely plan on coming away with some great finds.
After you've spent the day adventuring around Canby, you'll definitely need to refuel. Canby has some excellent dining options. From sweets at Baker's Prairie Bakery to handheld deliciousness at Wayward Sandwiches and beyond, you'll find all sorts of options around town.
Part gallery, part art supplies, Art-O-Maddic is a wealth for art lovers and artists alike. In addition to showcasing the work of local artists, they host numerous classes in their space. From painting to wood burning, collage to tie-dye, the classes are as diverse as they are fun. They also offer kids' classes, perfect to keep the young ones busy during their times off from school.
From adrenaline (and octane) fueled fun to experiencing firsthand why Canby is known as The Garden Spot, there's a lot to see and do in this small community just south of Oregon City. So grab the kids or some friends, make sure your camera is ready to go, and read up on these ways to find out everything Canby has to offer.