Canby is a lovely city in Clackamas County, Oregon, located just east of the city of Barlow. The city, which is named in honor of Civil War General Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, is located along the banks of the beautiful Willamette River near the former Aurora Colony 19th-century utopian settlement. Each year, the city hosts the annual Clackamas County Fair, which takes place over a week in August. Several of the nation's most acclaimed nurseries and flower growing companies are located within the city, including Swan Island Dahlias, the host of the nation's largest annual dahlia festival.
1.Swan Island Dahlias
Swan Island Dahlias is the United States' largest dahlia growing company, in operation in the city of Canby for nearly a century. The farm, which was originally founded on Swan Island, moved to its location in Canby in the 1940s and is overseen today by married duo Nicholas and Linda Gitts. It produces the flower industry's largest full-color dahlia catalogue, specializing in new hybrid varieties and cultivating over 15,000 seedlings each year. 40 acres of beautiful farmland is covered with more than 370 varieties of dahlia blossoms throughout the blooming season, open to the public during the months of August and September. Each year, the farm hosts the United States' largest dahlia festival, showcasing more than 400 carefully-crafted dahlia arrangements and offering six days of festivities.
995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-266-7711
2.St. Josef's Vineyards and Winery
St. Josef's Vineyards and Winery is one of the largest producers of estate wines in Oregon, originally planted in 1978. Today, the winery specializes in food-friendly wines meant to enhance all meals, sold at budget-friendly prices. Grapes are grown at five estate vineyards, all of which are maintained via sustainable methods without the use of pesticides, chemicals, and irrigation practices. Visitors can stop into the winery's lovely public tasting room, which is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout the morning hours, and sample favorite wines like the company's Estate Cuvee Pinot Noir, Barrel-Reserve Kitara, and KB Reserve Cabernet and Merlot. Seasonal winemaker's dinners are hosted throughout the year, along with a Sunday Summer Music on the Pond live music series.
28836 S Barlow Rd, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-651-3190
3.The Canby Ferry
The Canby Ferry is an historic cable ferry line connecting the cities of Aurora, Wilsonville, and Stafford via the Willamette River. The ferry service was founded in 1914 and has continued to operate historic passenger cars into the 21st century, offering service for pedestrians, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. As one of three remaining ferries on the Willamette River, the ferry service can transport up to 49 passengers at a time, with room for vehicles and bikes for an additional fee. Visitors can ride aboard the lovely M.J. Lee II cable-guided vessel, which is powered by an underwater cable and overhead line electricity. It is named in honor of Millard Jerome Lee, the first child born in the city of Canby following its incorporation in 1870.
4116 N Locust St, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-650-3030
4.Whiskey Hill Winery and Postlewait's Vineyards
Whiskey Hill Winery and Postlewait's Vineyards are a small family-operated winery located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, specializing in classic estate-grown grape varietals and high-quality red and white wine blends. The winery is located just a short drive from both Portland and Salem, nestled into gorgeous vineyard lands utilizing the unique terroir of the Willamette Valley region. Delicious wine varietals sold throughout the year include Pinot Noir Rosé, Marechal Foch, and Leon Millot. Visitors can stop in at the winery's delightful tasting room on weekend afternoons for wine flights and tasting experiences. Complimentary tastings are offered with each bottle purchase.
29510 S Barlow Rd, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 971-338-9142
5.Secret Garden Growers
Secret Garden Growers are one of the Willamette Valley's top specialty nurseries, showcasing an extensive collection of rare, uncommon, and heirloom plants from around the world. The nursery, which was founded in 1998, specializes in plantings that thrive in the climate of the Pacific Northwest, showcasing lovely demonstration gardens highlighting mature plants in natural settings. Visitors can peruse the nursery's gardens and view plants meant to grow in every climate and terrain setting in the world, with a focus on perennial and shaded woodland plantings. A far-reaching selection of vines, shrubs, grasses, trees, and bog plants are also showcased.
29100 S Needy Rd, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-651-2006
Pat's Acres is a local institution go-karting racetrack in the greater Portland area, originally established in 1965 on 43 acres in the city of Canby. The racetrack, which was founded as an employee activity center by Pat Sabin, has historically hosted music acts such as the Mamas and Papas and Paul Revere and the Raiders, in addition to offering go-karting experiences for visitors of all ages to enjoy. National championship karting races are hosted at the venue throughout the year, including races as part of the Superkarts! National SKUSA ProMoto Tour. Drivers as young as 14 can take to the wheel behind rental go-karts, including elite vehicles like Sodikart GT 5s. Other onsite activities include a full onsite paintball course.
6255 S Arndt Rd, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-266-7287
7.Ebner's Custom Meats
Ebner's Custom Meats is a delightful local butcher shop and restaurant in Canby, owned and operated by Mike Ebner. Visitors can build their own premium meat packages at the shop, featuring selections like premium black Angus beef, flavored sausages, and other all-natural locally-grown meats. The shop's delicious deli menu features fresh-made hot and cold sandwich options, available for takeout or dine-in at lunch throughout the week. Diners can choose from menu favorites like classic tuna melts, reuben sandwiches, patty melts, and BLTs, complemented by gourmet selections like three-cheese grilled cheese, homemade chicken salad, and barbecue beef hoagies. Vegetarian sandwich options are also served, stuffed with ingredients like avocado, cucumbers, and Dijon mustard.
272 N Grant St, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-266-5678
8.The Human Bean of Canby
© The Human Bean of Canby
The Human Bean of Canby is a popular drive-through coffee chain originally founded in Ashland, Oregon in 1998. Today, the chain offers a number of locations throughout the Portland area, including a location in Canby. Friendly, experienced baristas serve up a wide variety of espresso and coffee beverages, including favorites like Mexican mochas, salted caramel lattes, and fresh cold brew coffees. Diners can also choose from excellent tea and caffeinated beverages, ranging from chai lattes and yerba mates to flavor-infused Rockstar energy cocktails. Fruit and protein smoothies are served up as non-caffeinated options, alongside kid-friendly beverages like frozen hot chocolates.
318 SW 1st Ave #1, Canby, OR 97013, Phone: 503-263-2326
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