Cooler temperatures and the vibrant colors of the changing foliage tell us that fall has arrived. However, pumpkins (and pumpkin spice lattes, of course) are synonymous with the season too. 

On the 26th of October, get ready to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. A sure sign that fall has arrived, pumpkins provide a canvas for creative jack-o-lanterns and act as the main ingredient in some delicious seasonal dishes. We’re talking about the pies, soups, bread, and drinks that find themselves on restaurant menus and kitchens at the turn of the season. Though they grow on every continent except Antarctica, pumpkins are unique as they come in several shapes and sizes. With more than two billion pounds of pumpkin produced in North America each year, there are plenty to choose from. In Canada, visiting a pumpkin patch is a fall tradition. Whether you’re looking to get some photos for your social media profile, décor for your home, or ingredients for food, we have recommendations on some unique pumpkin patches across the country.

Pick Pumpkins and Navigate the 12-Acre Corn Maze at Chilliwack Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm in Chilliwack, BC

If you’re looking for pumpkin patches near Vancouver, look no further than the Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm. For those looking to immerse themselves in the spirit of the season, there are few better places to visit. The highlight of this farm is the 12-acre corn maze that is re-designed in a new theme every year. It’s quite the challenge, so you’ll be given an interactive passport to help you along the way. In addition, this place is home to a host of other activities and amenities. Enjoy lunch in the picnic area, get up close and personal with animals at the petting zoo, catch some air on the giant jumping pillow, or visit tire town. Did we mention the pumpkins? You’ll have some decisions to make as there are over 15 varieties on-site. Not a bad predicament to be in if we say so ourselves.

Take in the Amusement Park-like Atmosphere at Calgary Farmyard in Calgary, AB

The Calgary Farmyard is one of the top attractions in Southern Alberta during the fall season. What makes it an ideal spot? It’s close to the city center and perfect for families. If you have kids, they’ll love this place, thanks to its over 35 attractions, including zip lines, pedal carts, goat walks, and even a potato sack slide. That’s not to say that it isn’t adult-friendly too. Grab your friends and tackle some of the 13-acres of corn mazes. Visit at night for an additional obstacle — traverse the mazes with nothing but a flashlight. Visiting after dark also allows guests to take in the magnificent light displays, creating a theme-park-like atmosphere. After an enjoyable day or night experiencing activities at the Calgary Farmyard, don’t forget to take some pumpkins to go.

Enter the Pumpkin Barn at A Maze in Corn in Saint Adolphe, MB

An approximately 30-minute drive from the Winnipeg city center is A Maze in Corn, located in the rural community of Saint Adolphe. What makes this place special? They’ve certainly got a few things going for them. While the pumpkin patches we’ve covered up until now have corn mazes – this one included — this farm also has a haunted forest. Yes, you read that correctly. Take a thrilling stroll through the woods, where you might encounter some creepy inhabitants. Be sure to bring an old pair of shoes and some warmer clothing depending on the weather conditions. 

Your visit will also likely involve picking out the perfect pumpkin. A Maze in Corn has you covered. Every year, they grow five acres of pumpkins. Visit the on-site pumpkin barn to pick out your favorite. 

A Complete Experience: Visit Downey’s Farm in Caledon, ON

One of the best pumpkin patches in Ontario is located just north of Toronto in the town of Caledon. This 215-acre farm has been owned and operated by the Downey family since 1920. It has come a long way since then. Fast forward to 1987, and the farm opened a roadside corn stand, which later led them to operate a farmers market from right inside their barn. Initially, the corn stands, and farmers markets were developed to help the five Downey children purchase hockey equipment. 

Today, Downey’s Farm is a popular yearly attraction for those visiting or residing in the Greater Toronto Area. Especially from mid-September to the end of October. That’s because they offer up some great fall photo opportunities, pumpkins, homemade goods, wagon rides, a small petting zoo, and even an 8‑acre corn maze. There are so many pumpkins to choose from — we think you might leave with more than you bargained for!

Explore a Variety of Naturally Grown Pumpkins & Apples at Verger Labonté in Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot, QC

At about a 40-minute drive from the city, Verger Labonté is one of the must-visit pumpkin patches near Montreal. Located in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, this orchard is best known for its apple picking. Come September, it also becomes home to a variety of pumpkins & squash. What makes them special? Their crop is grown without the use of chemical fertilizers or synthetic pesticides. That means you can feel more confident when using your picked items in your favorite fall food dishes. 

In addition to the u‑pick, those looking for a challenge will enjoy the on-site Halloween mazes.

Grab Pumpkins and Other Farm Fresh Goods at the Green Pig Country Market in Salisbury, NB

If you’re in the Moncton area, the Green Pig Country Market in Salisbury is a must-visit for pumpkins and other farm-fresh goods. Located about 25-kilometers outside of the city, they pride themselves on creating a feeling of community to go along with their locally grown farm-fresh goods. If it’s in season, then there’s a good chance they have it in stock. We’re talking about items like Garlic, potatoes, peas, sweet corn, zucchini, and so much more. Of course, in the lead-up to Halloween, visitors will also be able to pick up the perfect pumpkin for their spooky ensemble or favorite fall dish.

If you’re interested in exploring beyond the market, consider partaking in on-site activities. A favorite around Halloween is the haunted corn trail.

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