Pumpkin patches © Pexels/James Wheeler
There’s one true sign that fall is here—pumpkins! As the festive gourd finds its annual spot on our porches and makes its way into our kitchens, try your hand at picking your own pumpkin and getting festive this year.
Across Ontario, there is an abundance of farms to visit that offer pick-your-own pumpkins and amenities that are fun for the whole family and will keep you coming back year after year.
1974 Concession Road 2 West, Lynden
At the family-owned Merry Farms, you can not only pick out the perfect pumpkin for the season but also challenge yourself to a corn maze. A wagon ride will take you across the 176-acre pumpkin and Christmas tree farm where you can enjoy family fun activities and take home the perfect pumpkin to carve. There are more than 30 activities to enjoy, including a tractor pull, pumpkin bowling and so much more.
The Hanes Corn Maze
#1001 Highway #5 West, Dundas
Starting in late September, the Hanes Corn Maze opens its pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins. After you’ve got the perfect pumpkin, try to beat the Hanes Corn Maze or mini mazes, and of course, get a handmade treat from the Tiny Shop Bakery. The namesake corn maze is carved into 20 acres of 12 foot tall walls of cornstalk. Can you find your way out?
Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm
7705 Schisler Road, Welland
Warner Ranch and Pumpkin Farm has everything you need for autumnal decor and food—browse through pumpkins, colourful gourds, corn stalks, hay bales and so much more. The pumpkin patch is filled with every shape and size, including giant pumpkins. Visitors can also enjoy a petting zoo, horse-drawn hay rides, tractor rides and more.
Nature’s Bounty Farm
651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry
Cathy and Marvin purchased the 100-acre farm in 1980, and after years of nurturing their crops, they opened to the public in 1993, offering apple and pumpkin picking. In their pumpkin patch, there are a variety of pumpkins of different shapes, sizes and colours. The couple also explains that some of the pumpkins are perfect for pies and soups, while others make for a festive addition to your porch in the fall.
Andrews Scenic Acres
9365 10 Side Road, Milton
Open year-round, Andrews Scenic Acres has 165 acres of farmland to explore. Throughout September and October, visitors can pick pumpkins, gourds, apples and squash during the harvest season. On the escarpment countryside, Andrews offers walking trails, wagon rides, straw mazes and so much more for the perfect afternoon out with the family.