by Catherine Dunwoody
When it comes to outdoor activities geared to get you into the spirit of the changing seasons, it doesn’t get much more autumnal than this.
Fall is most definitely here, and getting lost in a zigzagging corn maze or choosing which big orange beauty to take with you from a pumpkin patch is part of the fun when it comes to living in or visiting BC – and especially in Surrey.
The city boasts 3 different mazes and patches, each unique and fun for the entire family.
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch
18507 20th Ave, Surrey
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch (aka Gabriel Farms) is open throughout October and offers all the autumn fun you can handle. On weekdays from 1pm to 5pm, and weekends 10am to 5pm, you can partake in a petting zoo, a mini corn maze, face painting, and a concession. U-pick pumpkins in many varieties including their famous Reds and Blues, plus gourds so pretty and perfect for your Thanksgiving centrepiece, even Martha Stewart would approve.
Rondriso Farms pumpkin patch has u-pick and pre-picked pumpkins, plus mini’s, gourds and winter vegetables for sale at their farm stand. Hayrides in a wagon take you to the patch, running weekends and weekdays throughout the month of October. Kids will love a chance to visit the cows and chickens in the barn.
The Great Pumpkin surely resides here. Admission includes tractor-pulled hayrides, a cedar maze, plus a chicken coop, goat palace and pig hut, so city kids can get acquainted with farm life. And hungry pumpkin hunters will appreciate the chance to grab snacks via the food trucks that will be on site. Open daily from October 1 to 31.