Meet The Adorable Beach Goats Of Prince Edward Island

Devon Saila with Wrecks

Devon Saila with Wrecks

Beach Goats

Goat yoga is so yesterday’s news. Now, the Beach Goats of Prince Edward Island want to hang out with you as you go paddle boarding or beach combing. They even go with visitors in search of oysters and play dress up for Halloween or just about any fun occasion. Located in Richmond an hour from Charlottetown in Canada’s Prince Edward Island, the furry residents of Beach Goats have been entertaining locals and travelers alike since the beginning of 2019. The sweet babies and their mamas are around year-round so you can visit or have them come to you for special events and celebrations. 

Owner Devon Saila said, “The reason we started Beach Goats was really simply because we saw the joy the goats brought to the few people we reached when we took them out with us and wanted more people to be able to enjoy them.” Saila runs the farm with help from her mom and her 11-year-old son. 

At any given time, there are at least 16 or so goats for guests to mingle with. Saila’s love for goats began when she was young, but it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she began obtaining them. It started with two twin baby boys named Captain and Jack, then came Sparrow (all with pirate-inspired names). “Then we started collecting goats like Pokémon cards,” Saila said. 

There are several ways you can spend quality time and make memories with the goats of Prince Edward Island while taking in the wonderful views of the island. Summertime means warm waters and pleasant weather where you can enjoy playing with the goats on the sandbars of the Northumberland Strait, go in search of oysters, try paddle boarding and end the day with a beach campfire. 

The goats love munching on seaweed and being around humans. It’s a common misconception that they hate the water. Saila shared, “My guys never got the memo and live for being on the beach and in the water. Granted they aren’t going to win any swimming contests, but they certainly can do it.” Of course, spending time with the goats around the water depends on the goats’ wishes. Since they have a higher body temperature than us, they find the water a bit chillier. 

During warm weather, you can come to the Beach Goats farm for Goat Experience Days on Wednesdays. In the off season, the farm is open every Saturday, though it is always available for private bookings any day. If you prefer the farm to the beach, you can go on a tractor ride, try milking a goat, give the babies treats or take a walk with them. You may even rent a small farm with fruit trees, chickens, and a vegetable garden in the summertime to experience farm life without all the work (someone will come to do the chores for you). 

Dori Symbalisty, who was visiting Prince Edward Island with her daughter this past summer, heard about the beach goats and one particular goat named Dory and she had to bring her daughter to meet her. She recalled, “It was a beautiful day and the goats were all on the beach and people were everywhere. We found Dory and my daughter fell in love. Later that afternoon Devon asked who would like to milk Dory and my little girl was over the moon to milk her. I think it was the best day of our trip!”

In the fall, you can take a refreshing hike along leaf-laden paths and share berries with the goats. For Halloween, you can go trick or treating at the Beach Goats Halloween Party and see the goats dressed up in fun costumes. The Beach Goats are available to come to you, too. And they come equipped with diapers so you don’t have to worry about messy visitors. 

These gentle animals have visited senior homes, day care centers, community groups and birthday parties. Saila shared, “I love seeing the therapy these goats offer.  Recently we went to a special needs group home and one of the residents never settled. He never sat, never interacted and when the goats came he sat still for a full hour just smiling at them. We’ve spent time with special needs children and the calmness and understanding and complete acceptance the goats offer is beautiful.” 

The best part of the farm is that these goats get to live out their lives with the family. Saila said, “We are so attached to each of them that it’s hard to part with them. They will live their lives out playing on the beach until the day they die. These guys are my family.” Though some goats are up for adoption because Saila can’t keep them all, she has a strict adoption policy and only gives them to loving families.  

In the future, there are a lot of fun activities in store for Beach Goats. Saila is planning on doing a pirate treasure hunt, a day camp and integrate paddle board yoga with the goats. 

 

 

 

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Goat yoga is so yesterday’s news. Now, the Beach Goats of Prince Edward Island want to hang out with you as you go paddle boarding or beach combing. They even go with visitors in search of oysters and play dress up for Halloween or just about any fun occasion. Located in Richmond an hour from Charlottetown in Canada’s Prince Edward Island, the furry residents of Beach Goats have been entertaining locals and travelers alike since the beginning of 2019. The sweet babies and their mamas are around year-round so you can visit or have them come to you for special events and celebrations. 

Owner Devon Saila said, “The reason we started Beach Goats was really simply because we saw the joy the goats brought to the few people we reached when we took them out with us and wanted more people to be able to enjoy them.” Saila runs the farm with help from her mom and her 11-year-old son. 

At any given time, there are at least 16 or so goats for guests to mingle with. Saila’s love for goats began when she was young, but it wasn’t until she was in her 30s that she began obtaining them. It started with two twin baby boys named Captain and Jack, then came Sparrow (all with pirate-inspired names). “Then we started collecting goats like Pokémon cards,” Saila said. 

There are several ways you can spend quality time and make memories with the goats of Prince Edward Island while taking in the wonderful views of the island. Summertime means warm waters and pleasant weather where you can enjoy playing with the goats on the sandbars of the Northumberland Strait, go in search of oysters, try paddle boarding and end the day with a beach campfire. 

The goats love munching on seaweed and being around humans. It’s a common misconception that they hate the water. Saila shared, “My guys never got the memo and live for being on the beach and in the water. Granted they aren’t going to win any swimming contests, but they certainly can do it.” Of course, spending time with the goats around the water depends on the goats’ wishes. Since they have a higher body temperature than us, they find the water a bit chillier. 

During warm weather, you can come to the Beach Goats farm for Goat Experience Days on Wednesdays. In the off season, the farm is open every Saturday, though it is always available for private bookings any day. If you prefer the farm to the beach, you can go on a tractor ride, try milking a goat, give the babies treats or take a walk with them. You may even rent a small farm with fruit trees, chickens, and a vegetable garden in the summertime to experience farm life without all the work (someone will come to do the chores for you). 

Dori Symbalisty, who was visiting Prince Edward Island with her daughter this past summer, heard about the beach goats and one particular goat named Dory and she had to bring her daughter to meet her. She recalled, “It was a beautiful day and the goats were all on the beach and people were everywhere. We found Dory and my daughter fell in love. Later that afternoon Devon asked who would like to milk Dory and my little girl was over the moon to milk her. I think it was the best day of our trip!”

In the fall, you can take a refreshing hike along leaf-laden paths and share berries with the goats. For Halloween, you can go trick or treating at the Beach Goats Halloween Party and see the goats dressed up in fun costumes. The Beach Goats are available to come to you, too. And they come equipped with diapers so you don’t have to worry about messy visitors. 

These gentle animals have visited senior homes, day care centers, community groups and birthday parties. Saila shared, “I love seeing the therapy these goats offer.  Recently we went to a special needs group home and one of the residents never settled. He never sat, never interacted and when the goats came he sat still for a full hour just smiling at them. We’ve spent time with special needs children and the calmness and understanding and complete acceptance the goats offer is beautiful.” 

The best part of the farm is that these goats get to live out their lives with the family. Saila said, “We are so attached to each of them that it’s hard to part with them. They will live their lives out playing on the beach until the day they die. These guys are my family.” Though some goats are up for adoption because Saila can’t keep them all, she has a strict adoption policy and only gives them to loving families.  

In the future, there are a lot of fun activities in store for Beach Goats. Saila is planning on doing a pirate treasure hunt, a day camp and integrate paddle board yoga with the goats. 

 

 

 

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