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 4 different mazes and patches, each unique and fun for the entire family.
Since 1891, this farm has been serving the community, and it just keeps getting better. Every year the corn maze is cut with a jaw-dropping design meant to be seen from an aerial view. This year, the operators of the Bose Corn Maze are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a maze featuring the Scouts Canada logo, to “honour the leaders, youth, and now children of past scouts”. The farms’ signature corn maze is open until October 14 this year, and those who like it extra challenging will love trying this at night. Guests bring flashlights and work their way through the maze in the dark. Once you’ve found your way out, a big fire pit awaits where you can roast marshmallows and make some well-deserved s’mores. Bose’s pumpkin patch is open until October 31, with rides every Saturday and Sunday.
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch
18507 20th Ave, Surrey
The Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch (aka Gabriel Farms) opens September 28, is open weekends throughout October and weekday afternoons from October 9 – 30, and offers all the autumn fun you can handle – like hayrides, 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 table centrepiece, even Martha Stewart would approve. For two nights only, October 19 and 26, make your way through the mini corn maze and be met by ghouls, clowns, zombies and more who haunt the maze in an attempt to scare you silly. The haunted maze is family-friendly but might be too scary for some.
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 hay maze for kids, plus a chicken coop, goat palace and pig hut so great for city kids to get acquainted with farm life. And hungry pumpkin hunters will appreciate the chance to grab a snack at the Pumpkin Café. Open daily from October 1 to 31, be sure and visit their haunted house too, if you dare.