For those of us looking forward to the colder season ahead, few things give us all those fall feels more than pumpkin-picking on a crisp autumn day – possibly with a pumpkin-spice latte in hand? So read on and take note of the not-to-be-missed pumpkin patches on our list and get ready to indulge your inner kid in a hayride or two while you’re there!
Why it’s special: this 215-acre farm has been family-owned and operated since 1920. In 1987, they opened a roadside corn stand, which led them to later convert their dairy barn into a farmer’s market. In 2018, Downey’s Farm will celebrate 25 years of business, and if you’re looking for a glass of vino to cheers them – no worries – Downey’s Farm also has an award-winning winery!
What you’ll find: TONS of pumpkins on the patch, delicious homemade goods inside the market, wagon rides, farm animals, live entertainment, and an 8-acre corn maze, just to name a few!
When to go: PumpkinFest at Downey’s Farm begins September 23rd and runs until October 31st from 9am to 5pm for the farm market and 10am to 5pm for their kids’ play area.
Le Verger Labonté Orchard
Why it’s special: this orchard offers over 20 varieties of pumpkins to satisfy even the most critical pumpkin-picker!
What you’ll find: best known for their apple-picking, you’ll find much more than just pumpkins at this orchard, but that doesn’t mean they skimp on the fall fun. Just in time for the spookiest of holidays, toward the end of October, Le Verger Labonté Orchard will open evening mazes. And while their Halloween-themed mazes might not be kid-friendly, they also boast three spectacular corn-mazes, designed for children to complete at three levels of difficulty.
When to go: during the months of September and October they are open Monday to Friday from 1pm to 6pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.
Chilliwack Corn Maze and Pumpkin Farm
Why it’s special: each year, Chilliwack’s 12-acre corn maze is re-designed in a new theme to challenge and delight visitors. It's one of the biggest attractions at this farm.
What you’ll find: over 15 varieties of pumpkins to pick, indoor hay maze, farm animals and an evening flashlight-maze for adults!
When to go: they open August 17th, open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 9pm, and on Sundays and holidays from 11am to 6pm (closed Mondays).
The Chuck Wagon Farm Market
Why it’s special: featuring PEI's largest corn maze, this farm is chock full of fresh, green corn.
What you’ll find: giant board games (think Jenga and Connect Four), farm animals, a barrel train ride, giant slides and big Gerbil wheels, and more!
When to go: Already open daily from 11am to 6:30pm. For more info visit The Chuck Wagon Farm.
Why it’s special: the only pumpkin patch we know of with a pumpkin cannon show, it’s guaranteed to be as fun as it sounds (held weekends and Thanksgiving Monday during the Pumpkinland season).
What you’ll find: thousands of pumpkins to choose from and a wagon ride through Whittamore’s “spooky forest” that’s guaranteed to bring out the kid in everyone.
When to go: Pumpkinland opens September 16th this year, and runs until October 31st, operating 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Aldor Acres Family Farm
Why it’s special: hitch a ride on the hunt for that perfect pumpkin in a tractor-pulled hayride that taxies you out to the patch.
What you’ll find: 15 varieties of pumpkins spread out over 20 acres, petting zoos, a “farmacy” for fresh homemade goodies and pig races – you heard that right, pig races!
When to go: the Aldor Acres Fall Harvest farm runs from September 23rd to October 31st from 9am to 5pm daily.
Eagle Creek Farms
Why it’s special: offering more than just your average maze, this farm's maze is grown from 100,000 sunflowers!
What you’ll find: cool mazes (there's also a corn maze, a patio maze and a tree maze) plus pumpkins to pick.
When to go: Open September and October, 7 days a week from 11am to 5pm. For more info visit Eagle Creek Farms.
The Green Pig Country Market
Why it’s special: the Green Pig also plays host to the Salisbury Corn Maze with various maze options, haunted corn trails, flashlight nights and more as well as Zombie Wars where you’ll board a 20-person paint gun-equipped trailer that will take you through the woods and on the hunt for zombies looking to come aboard!
What you’ll find: let’s not forget why you came, as The Green Pig Country Market boasts not only pumpkins, but countless other farm-fresh goods to give you all the fall feels.
When to go: The Green Pig Country Market is open Sunday through Thursday from 9am to 7pm, and open until 8pm Friday and Saturday.
Why it’s special: outside of all the pumpkin-themed fun, Rounds Ranch is, at heart, a ranch. Did someone say pony rides? Yep. Pony rides!
What you’ll find: while their annual Pumpkin Mania event does come with an admission fee, there is no additional cost for pumpkins, and you’ll have access to pumpkin-themed events like pumpkin bowling, pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin toss games and more.
When to go: Pumpkin Mania at Rounds Ranch begins September 23rd and runs until October 29th (weekends).
Storm’s Farm and Bakery
Why it’s special: you’ll love the 6-acre corn maze with over 4.8km of paths, and if that doesn't tire you out, there's also human Foosball to keep you busy.
What you’ll find: aside from the fall-themed fun at Strom’s Farm, there’s also a market and bakery to explore while you chomp down on their delicious sweet corn, picked fresh throughout the day!
When to go: open weekends September 23rd to October 29th from 9:30am to 5:30pm.
The Dill Farm
Why it’s special: did someone say giant pumpkins? There'll be plenty of photo opps at this farm, so bring your cameras.
What you’ll find: roughly 40 different types of pumpkins, squash, gourds, apples and corn stalks. You can also shop candles, soap, handmade ceramics, preserves and other items. Plus, don't miss the annual Pumpkin Regatta where giant pumpkins are turned into boats!
When to go: Open daily September and October, from 9am to 6pm. Also open Thanksgiving and Halloween. For more info visit The Dill Farm.
Why it’s special: take a hayride to Snyder’s “Western Town” and enjoy the music and sights along the way.
What you’ll find: aside from a 10-acre pumpkin patch at Snyder’s Farm, take a turn at their brand new straw maze - and if you’re up for it, the 2,500 square foot haunted house that’s been deemed too scary for kids (brave adults, step right up!).
When to go: open in September from 10am to 5pm and in October from 10am to 7pm (weekends only) and during weekdays in October from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Richmond Country Farms
Why it’s special: a real working-farm, this pumpkin patch is the real deal. What you’ll find: wagon rides, an animal farm, countless pumpkins to choose from and a live band make Richmond Country Farms the ultimate fall-day destination.
When to go: the pumpkin patch opens October 7th. Weekend hours are 10am to 4:30pm and 9am to 1:30pm on weekdays.