Tourist Stop in Sicamous, British Columbia
If you ever drive through Sicamous, British Columbia, I encourage you to stop at the D Dutchmen Dairy, an operating dairy and great "free" tourist attraction.
The D Dutchman Diary
The D Dutchman Dairy was established in 1978 by Chris and Nellie Dewitt, and is a popular tourist attraction in the north Sushwap area of British Columbia, just to the north of Mara Lake. It is right off of Highway 1, and offers ice cream as well as a few other points of interest. It is free to walk around the grounds which are open daily.
Across the road you may find a fruit stand which is also worth checking out for delicious BC fruit, something the Okanagan is famous for.
The barns at the D Dutchmen Dairy are usually open for tourists, do check for signs to indicate otherwise in the event one should be closed. Some people may be overwhelmed at the smells inside some of the barns especially if they are not use to farm smells, but over all the fresh air keeps things smelling pretty good considering. Do watch your kids to make sure they do not enter any pens where the animals are.
What to See at the D Dutchman Dairy
You many want to look around in the diary buildings, then go for ice cream (or other treats that they sell in their store), before walking around and looking at the outdoor animals.
When I visited the Dairy they had a camel, llama, horses, donkeys, and several birds, in addition to the dairy cattle. In the barns you will find some dairy cattle, and on one barn you will find the calves. The calves are taken from their mothers in order for the milk to be collected from the cows. They are fed separately but are friendly and enjoy the company.
Do not feed your ice cream, or cone, to the animals. The calves will lick hands and suck on fingers if allowed, generally speaking they will not bite.
About D Dutchman Ice Cream and Products
The D Dutchmen Dairy is a small scale operation which allows the staff to pay more attention to detail, freshness, and quality. The dairy products are processed right away, making them fresher than you will find elsewhere and you can definitely taste the difference.
As an added note, Highway 1 from Sicamous to Revelstoke is loaded with great tourist attractions along they way, including a great go-kart place where you can run each other off the track, and Sky Trek Adventure Park.
The D Dutchman Dairy Website
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