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When the chillier weather begins to make its way across Canada, it’s time to find the perfect Halloween pumpkin or get lost in a giant corn maze. (After all, spooky mazes and fresh gourds guarantee fall fun for everyone.) We’ve rounded up some of the best from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.
From the Calgary Corn Maze to the Edmonton Corn Maze, Alberta has no shortage of family-friendly fall activities. Located right in between both cities is the Kraay Family Farm. They have a pumpkin patch, plenty of games for the kids to play, and most importantly, their 15-acre Lacombe Corn Maze. Choose between different guiding “passports” and answer trivia for clues to make your way out of the maze.
The Chiliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm advertises itself as a “wholesome agriculture experience.” You can pick from 15 different varieties of pumpkin, or try your hand at a 12-acre interactive corn maze complete with challenges to help you make your way through. For the young folk in your family, there is also an indoor hay bale maze to explore.
Indeed, there is an impressive corn maze at A Maze in Corn, but with maze admission throughout October, you can also test your bravery by entering the Haunted Forest—which is like an outdoor haunted house. Additionally, the place is home to zip line tours (note, this is an additional $70) and is a proud pumpkin destination. They plant five acres of pumpkins each year and bring the harvest to The Pumpkin Barn, where you can find the perfect gourd. Once you’ve purchased a pumpkin, take a complimentary ride on the pumpkin train back to your car.
For 40 years, Strom’s Farm & Bakery began as a sweet corn farm, and they added pumpkins in 1996. Now, every autumn they host classic fall festivities with their five-acre corn maze, 18 pumpkin varieties, and wagon rides. Uniquely, the corn maze is designed with a community partner every year, and maze admissions go to support that organization. For 2018, Strom’s has partnered with the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
River Breeze Farm & Corn Maze boasts “farm fresh family fun” with unique attractions such as their Pigtucky Derby races, Barnyard Twister Spinning Vortex Tunnel, and Nascorn 500 Pedal Cart Track. Of course, they also have a more traditional 12-acre corn maze and pumpkin Upick. For the brave souls out there, plan a Fright Night at their Fear Farm featuring four haunted houses, two haunted mazes, and a terrifying backstory.
While they don’t have a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, the Green Pig Country Market does sell plenty of pumpkins and their annual corn maze is legendary. Their large maze (they have a mini one for kids), which has a different theme each year, takes about 1.5 hours to complete. If a corn maze isn’t exciting enough for you, shoot pumpkins into the air with their Pumpkin Blaster or partake in Zombie Wars Paint Ball—a night time trailer ride equipped with paintballs for shooting zombies—which is as spooky as it is fun.
Located 30 minutes away from Charlottetown, the Chuckwagon Farm Market and Belfast Corn Maze caters to families, office parties, and even stags and stagettes. Tackle one of three (dog friendly!) corn mazes before eating delicious ribs at the BBQ pit and shopping for local P.E.I. goods at the farm market, from fresh produce to local artisan crafts.
Created in 1989, this orchard is well known for its apple and pumpkin picking. Its corn mazes, come in three levels of difficulty—a 20-minute maze intended for those five and under, a 45-minute moderate maze, and a two-hour maze for adults and their accompanying children. Characters guide wanderers on missions to solve riddles and perform tasks among beautiful fall scenery.
Formerly known as Pumpkin Hollow, Happy Hollow is 15 acres of family friendly fun. It’s only open on weekends until mid-October, so be sure to plan ahead. Get lost in the massive corn maze before heading over to shoot ears of corn out of the corn cannon. When the excitement has settled, pick up a pumpkin or have tea with Penelope the Pumpkin Princess.
If you really, really love pumpkins, don’t miss out on Downey’s Farm’s Pumpkinfest celebrations. On weekends until October 31, you can catch live entertainment and numerous children’s activities, from face painting to building your own scarecrows. Get lost in 10 km of trails as you make your way through their giant corn maze and don’t forget to go pumpkin picking before you leave.