Autumn is upon us, which means it’s time to put the spotlight on the season’s favourite activity – pumpkin picking! This fall visit a pumpkin patch to find the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o’lantern and your favourite pumpkin pie recipe. Whether you want to share this classic tradition with your kids or relive your own childhood, be sure to pick one of Canada’s best pumpkin patches for your annual pumpkin excursion.
Downey’s Farm – Caledon, ON.
Downey’s Farm has it all, all year round. But during the fall weekends Downey’s becomes one of the best outdoor playgrounds in Ontario. As soon as the fall hits Caledon in mid-September, Downey’s opens up for their annual Pumpkinfest. A month and a half full of the best fall family-friendly activities. From pick-your-own-pumpkin, wagon rides, farm animals and even live entertainment this farm will not disappoint you.
The entrance fee is $16 and includes access to all Pumpkinfest activities. There are additional activities for the kids such as build your own scarecrow, paintball range and pony rides that they can enjoy for an additional fee.
Wander through the corn maze, tour the estate winery or head to the family fun play area. No matter what you like to do, you can find it in the high-energy atmosphere at Downey’s Farm!
Brook’s Farms – Uxbridge, ON
Brook’s Farms is one of the most popular pumpkin patches near Toronto. This local farm has become a fall ritual for city and country-dwellers alike. During this season, Brook’s hosts their annual Fall Fun Festival in celebration of the harvest season. The festival is packed with seasonal activities for the entire family including farm animals, zip-lining, a corn maze and of course pumpkin picking.
In the fall, this Uxbridge pumpkin patch is open Mon-Fri 9 am – 6:30 pm, however, the Fall Fun Festival activities are only available during the weekends.
Saunders Farm – Ottawa, ON
This pumpkin patch near Ottawa sets itself apart from the rest due to its world-famous mazes. Saunders is home to 10 hedge and puzzle Mazes making it the farm with the largest collection in the World! During the fall season, the farm comes to life through their Haunted Season where you can find the spookiest activities for everyone in the family.
Their pumpkin patch tour wagon ride is one of their most popular family-friendly activities in the fall. Take a hayride to tour the farm and pick your perfect pumpkin!
Quinn Farm- Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, QC.
Pick your own pumpkin, squash and apples at this pumpkin farm near Montreal. A fall highlight is their Fall Festival which happens every weekend from mid-Septemeber to mid-October. Entrance fee to the farm during the Fall Festival is $10 and it includes access to the farm, pony rides and live music.
If you have kids, make sure to stop by the animal barn. Every weekend during the Fall Festival, the farm offers tours guided by friendly farmers that show you around and explain everything you need to know about the animals living at Quinn.
Kayben Farms- Okotoks, AB
This 10-acre farm is located 10 minutes south of Calgary and it is a fun option for families looking to do some outdoor activities near the city. During their annual Fall Festival, they offer pumpkin patch access, wagon rides, face painting, games and a lot more.
An activity that keeps families coming back every year is their Fall Mini Photoshoot. If you are interested in getting a family portrait, this 15-minute session costs $100 per family and it includes access to the Fall Fest events and farm. At the end of the photoshoot, you’ll receive 4 edited images to take with you. Make sure to book an appointment beforehand.
Richmond Country Farms – Richmond, BC
This family-fun destination is located just 30-minute drive south of downtown Vancouver in Richmond. The farm specializes in pumpkins and it is a key distributor of the crop around BC, making it one of the biggest pumpkin farms in the province.
The Pumpkin Patch celebration at Richmond Country Farm starts right on Thanksgiving weekend and it is their biggest event after the Summer season. During this time the farm offers wagon rides around the patches, farm animals and live music. This kid-friendly attraction is enhanced by characters like Polly Pumpkin and Korny Corn, who will make your trip even more fun!
Admission to Pumpkin Patch at Richmond Country Farms is $11 during weekdays and $14 if you visit on the weekend or a holiday.
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