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You can snuggle with dwarf goats on this farm near Toronto

The past few years has seen a growing trend sweeping across Ontario combining cuddly animals with leisurely activities.

And, with reports claiming that spending time with pets can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, these activities also offer a pretty powerful mental health boost as well. 

Located just one hour outside Toronto in Newtonville, Haute Goat is a farm that offers a popular Goat Shmurgle.

This experience will take you behind-the-scenes on the farm, where you will meet and mingle with the resident alpacas, chickens and horses, before moving on to the main attraction - the goats.

Nearly 25 Nigerian dwarf goats will explode out of the gates, dancing in excitement for the walk you will lead them on (with guides) through the rolling hills on the 200-acre property.

You'll spend about 45 minutes hiking through the flower fields with mini goats at your feet. Next comes the "shmurgling." This means, the goats will literally treat you like a climbing playground, resulting in cuteness overload and some pretty epic selfies. 

The session will then end with some delicious samples of local goat cheeses, or you can even add a yummy farm lunch to your afternoon. 

Goat Shmurgles start at a special pandemic price of $59 per person, or $199 for a family of four.

Please note that while Haute Goat is open and offering a number of different farm experiences, they do have a number of COVID-19 policies in place including screening at the front gate.

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