Map of pick-your-own strawberry farms in Ottawa

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Strawberry Season. Big, beautiful, juicy strawberries wherever you look. Photo by Lydia Bociurkiw.

Strawberry Season. Big, beautiful, juicy strawberries wherever you look. Photo by Lydia Bociurkiw.

Ottawa is surrounded by farmland, and many of the farms offer pick-your-own berry facilities. Strawberry season in Ottawa typically starts in late June / early July, and as of June 13 a few are set to open over the next few days.

Berry tips

  • Strawberry season in Ottawa usually starts in late June or early July. Check with your local grower for details, and always call first to make sure berries are in season.
  • Berries are best picked when the temperature is not too hot — early morning or in the evening. A cloudy day is also great. Look for plump, bright red and fully ripe berries.
  • Strawberries do not ripen after they are picked so avoid choosing berries with white or green spots. The size of strawberries is not important. All berries are equally sweet and juicy.


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(This post was originally published in June 2011.)


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4 Responses

  1. I used to go strawberry picking every year with my parents when I was a kid. I can’t wait to start the tradition with my family!

  2. Ellen Parlee says:

    You’ve provided some great tips here! One suggestion that I might add, since not everyone will go berry picking on a cloudy day, is to bring water! If it’s sunny out there, you’re going to have a hard time finding shade out there on the farm. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen and have a great time!

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