The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada


For over 20 years the Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC) has been on a 2 part mission to provide a loving & lifelong home to donkeys, mules & hinnies who are no longer needed or wanted, neglected and abused and to educate all visitors on humane and responsible animal care.

Their 100 acre property features a pond, nature trails, barns, paddocks, picnic tables, a learning centre, a gift shop and a memorial.  The property is so vast and full of natural beauty.

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Getting There:

The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada is located at . The closest major city is Guelph so it’s approximately an 1-1.5 hour west of Toronto.



  • Donkey Day is a paid-event per person and parking is included. (UPDATE: they no longer host Donkey Day, but do have regular days and hours you can visit)
  • There is no cost of entry on a regular Open Day of operation however donations are recommended and always appreciated.

 Photo Mosaic:


Important things to keep in mind:

  • Donkey Day is THE main annual fundraising event and remember that the DSC is 100% self-funded so give generously.
  • The Hours of Operation for Donkey Day and other Open Days vary throughout the year so check the website before you plan your next visit.
  • The DSC is also a working farm and part of a Foster Farm Network.
  • Many of the people you will see & meet are Volunteers so show them some love.
  • DO NOT make any jokes about “pin the tail on the donkey”. Tony got in BIG trouble for doing so..LOL! You have to see it to believe it.

 What you need to do & try:

  • Pack a lunch and enjoy it outdoors or on the picnic tables.
  • Explore the property on the walking trails.
  • Meet & Groom a Donkey.
  • Visit the onsite Gift Shop, Long Ears Boutique, to purchase a souvenir and help support the DSC. It’s a one-stop shop for all your donkey-branded merchandise!
  • Sponsor a Donkey.
  • Take a #DonkeySelfie but always ask permission to do so first.

Any visit to the DSC will leave you fulfilled with a sense of peace and appreciation for donkeys and what they do for local farmers, as well as an appreciation for the hard-working Staff and Volunteers.

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