Canada: Western Edge, Best Corn Mazes and Fall Festivals for Families.
From Alberta to BC it’s time to celebrate the season. Taste sweet apple butter or corncob jelly; carve a pumpkin or stuff a scarecrow; play flashlight tag or chase the kids through the corn stalks; ride on a wagon full of hay or bob for apples; walk on a cranberry bog. The season has family fun written all over it. Forget the lawn; the laundry will wait. Take the kids and go.
Alberta: Lacombe, Kraay Family Farm Corn Maze.
(September - October) Kraay Family Farm has begun to truly define what a family farm is, and can be. This year the Kraay Family Farm offers visiting families a 15-acre corn maze and over 20 activities for families. Activities include mini golf, gemstone mining, a giant jumping pillow, pig races, a petting zoo, barrel train rides, a little "trike track," a pedel cart track, a "cornbox," a maze designed specifically for the littlest members of the family, numerous photo opportunities, a hay jump, tether ball courts, and a horse carousel. Bonus Points:
Giant-sized versions of popular games, including tic-tac-toe, chess and checkers, as well as super-sized slides. The Spider Web, a giant web which guests can jump, climb and roll all over. Other fun additions to the farm include a corn cannon and pumpin blaster, fire pits and loads of picnic sites. Wow!
The Kraay Family Farm has earned a Guinness World Record for the largest QR code (in maze form, of course) - wild! (Kraay Family Farm. Site 6, Rural Road 1, Lacombe, ALberta T4L 2N1. (403) 302-1709 or kraayfamilyfarm.com
British Columbia: Pitt Meadows, Hopcott Farms.
(September - mid-October) Each autumn Hopcott Farms is home to one of the largest corn mazes in the Pacific Northwest. The unique interactive maze within the 15-acre field of corn is created using GPS mapping making the result agri-art.
Highlights include the popular Lions "Goat" Bridge and the bee observatory plus creamiest ice cream and homemade fudge in BC. Enjoy a hayride with educating audio. Perhaps the most fun of all - pig painting and pumpkin bowling. Children age three and younger will be admitted for free but must be accompanied by an adult in all attractions. Bonus points:
Each October to celebrate Cranberry Day Pitt meadows has live entertainment, cranberry product tastings, and tours of the cranberry bog. Wait for it!
Visitors are encouraged to booming cranberries in the free standing, water-filled cranberry bog exhibit. (Hopcott Farms 13672 Reichenbach Rd. Pitt Meadows, British Columbia V3Y 1Z1. (604) 460-0603 www.meadowsmaze.com
British Columbia: Chilliwack, Chilliwack Corn Maze.
(mid-August - October) The Chilliwack Cornfield Maze takes over half of the 20-acre Chilliwack Farm every fall, and includes a massive indoor hay-bale maze and a hay jump, as well a corn (sand) box, fun pedal carts, a tricycle maze for the littlest members of the family, a pumpkin patch and a farm animal petting zoo. On the weekends there are hay rides and miniature train rides as well. Bonus Point:
Families looking to pick apples should head out to the Chilliwack Farm by mid-September. Make sure to check out the barn owl and corn harvesting display. Discovery:
The Pumpkin Patch features over 10 varieties of pumpkin and gourds and kids will love the giant jumping pillow and climbable spider web. (41905 Yale Road West, Chilliwack, British Columbia V2P 4J4. (604) 819-6203 or www.chilliwackcornmaze.com
Alberta: Calgary, Calgary Corn Maze, Petting Zoo & Pumpkin Patch.
(late July - October) The Calgary Corn Maze is a great place for family agri-fun. Families are invited to navigate through the giant corn labyrinths, mingle with friendly barnyard animals, bounce on giant jumping pillows, ride the cow train, zoom around in peddle cars, take aim with the corn cannons and pick their own pumpkins. Bonus Points:
Around Halloween, families can check out the Field of Screams, a spooky take on the annual corn maze. Flashlight nights are an extremely popular activity as guests love getting lost in the dark. Families should bring their flashlights and sense of direction...they’ll need both. (Calgary Corn Maze, 284022 Township Road 224, Rockyview, Alberta T1X 0J6. (403) 690-CORN or www.calgarycornmaze.com
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