It’s always a thrill when an unexpected and delightful surprise also includes an opportunity to see something you’ve never seen before, and to learn about a subject previously unfamiliar.
Several days ago, while on a mini vacation to Manitoulin Island, my friend and I discovered a small advertisement in a tourist guidebook about the Noble Alpaca Farm (www.noblealpacafarm.com) located at 224 Scotch Line in the community of Sheguiandah. Having travelled north from M’Chigeeng along Highway 540, we actually caught a very fleeting glimpse of a side road named Bidwell – and could have turned eastward then. However, the location is easily accessed from Highway 6 just south of Little Current.
Glen Totman drove into the driveway seconds behind us – and greeted us warmly though we were not expected. Their brochure, which I now have in hand, does say please call ahead. This is a destination not to be missed – and one of the most inspiring. Rochel Totman creates all of the items in their gift shop, and also takes custom orders. I did some Christmas shopping early!
A most endearing little baby alpaca was cavorting around the fenced paddock area – and their personalities, as described, are truly enjoyable. This little cria’s name is Brittany and she will soon be greeted by other newborns within days.
Glen Totman told us that within 10 days of an alpaca giving birth, it begins a sort of humming sound, almost continuously. The unborn youngster of course hears this – and at birth the cria recognizes its mother then, and forever after, by her hum.
When you visit beautiful Manitoulin Island do try to visit the Noble Alpaca Farm. You’ll find that Glen and Rochel Totman’s interesting business is truly humming along!