Christmas Greetings from Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast

News | December 20th, 2016


As we reflect on 2016, we have been so grateful for the many guests who have come through our door here at Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast. As well for the unique and wonderful experiences we have enjoyed while working on the farm.

We have been so humbled by listening to the cancer journeys many have shared as they have been walking through their treatment, as well as those who have physical disabilities and have come for a retreat stay. The time we share having breakfast around our kitchen farm table with our guests has given us the privilege of building lasting friendships.

Another highlight of our year was hosting day retreats-a great experience of learning, sharing, spending time with the animals on a tour of the farm, and enjoying the beauty of the Rockway Conservation area.

In the spring of 2017, we anticipate the arrival of our new lambs. This time of year is always a highlight for us! We will be sure to take lots of photos of our new additions to the farm.

It is such a gift for our guests to spend time with the animals. It is amazing how they seem to forget so many of the stresses of life when they enter the barn and spend some time with the lambs, alpacas, chickens and pigs. As one of our guests shares, “When a person goes through the cancer journey, you begin to look at life with a different perspective. The simple things become beautiful and you learn to see each day as a gift.”

We have included a few photos of the farm B&B as well, the bounty which we were able to grow in our garden this year. So many of our guests have enjoyed seeing where the ingredients of their breakfast have come from. Health, nutrition and locally grown produce are in such priority, which we strive to provided.

On a personal note, many of our guests have asked that we keep you updated on how our family is doing. We were so blessed over the last year to have two new granddaughters born. It is hard to believe Autumn and Hailey are already a year old. Jon, Nicolette & Autumn moved across the country to B.C. We are thankful they are adjusting well-they are living close to Jon’s family and are settling into their new community.

Phil & Anna are adjusting well to being new parents to Hailey and are settled into their new home here in St. Catharines.

Jake is in his 4th year of university for Business and accounting.

We look forward to the year 2017 with anticipation and thankfulness to be able to serve our community and to welcome many more guests who enter our door.

“Come stay with us and find rest for the journey.”

We wish you and your family a blessed Christmas

Your hosts,

Dave & Daphne Bakker

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Celebrating 3 Years Of Giving Back To Our Community

News | November 11th, 2016


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Running a Bed and Breakfast for people going through health concerns brings with it unique opportunities. As we celebrate our 3rd anniversary of Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast this year, we look back with thankfulness at the many experiences that have taken place over the course of time since we have been open and are excited to share them with you on our blog today.

We have met a wide variety of wonderful people who have stayed at our bed & breakfast. Their journeys have often been ones of suffering ,endurance, sorrow, and yet they are somehow able to see the joy and simple gifts life holds. As hosts, these individual guests have been an incredible example to us of what it means to overcome life’s challenges and the importance of valuing our relationships with friends and family.

To provide hospitality and walk alongside during their time of treatment or retreat is an absolute privilege!  The quietness of the countryside, the beauty of the Niagara escarpment and warm accommodations have been a gift to so many who have entered the doors of Haven Of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast.

4 highlights over the course of these past 3 years have been:

1. Building Relationships With Our Local Hospitals,Hospices,Wellspring Niagara and Chamber of Commerce
As you can imagine running a Bed and Breakfast specifically for those with health concerns requires partnering with local health organizations and business professionals to ensure that people are aware that accommodations are available. Since opening our doors we have had cancer patients, those requiring accommodations with disabilities, families attending local funerals, and people traveling through the Niagara Region stay with us.


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2. Support Group Retreats

We have been able to host several support group day retreats which included providing lunch for those in attendance, guest speakers , fellowship time and a tour around the farm.


3. Producing a Video Curriculum For Children

We had the unique privilege of having our farm and Bed and Breakfast be part of the filming location for a children’s television series LOUIS SAYS produced by Crossroads.

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 4. Niagara Life Centre Home Tour

During Christmas time we had the privilege of being part of the Niagara Life Centre home tour fundraising event. Our home was decorated from top to bottom with Christmas decor and many people from the community came through our door.

To all who have helped to make the dream of Haven Of Hope Farm B&B a reality again we thank you! We look forward together to another year, anticipating the gift of being able to give back to our community.

Continue to come back to our blog for all the latest of what is happening at Haven of Hope Farm Bed and Breakfast!

Your Hosts,

Dave & Daphne Bakker