10 Ontario Corn Mazes Worth Getting Lost In
Fall fun in Ontario should include a good corn maze. We’re all ears when it comes to finding ones that pose a challenge and include other activities in the mix. Check out these corny picks—truly outstanding in their field throughout the province.
Courtesy Hanes Corn Maze
Hanes Corn Maze
For 23 years, human puzzle solvers have come to Dundas to navigate their way through Canada’s largest corn maze. Created by the Hanes family, this maze is spread over 8 hectares, and the corn stalk walls reach nearly four metres high, making finding your way more difficult. Along the way there are checkpoints, a puzzle to solve and prizes to win. Swing by the Tiny Shop Bakery to pick up pies made with seasonal fruit.
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Cooper’s Farm & Maze
Think you can navigate a 10-acre corn maze in the dark? Give it a try at Cooper’s Farm, north of Uxbridge, Ontario (although we won’t judge if you decide to pack a flashlight, of even visit by daylight). You’ll want to book tickets online in advance for the lights-out experience offered each Friday thoughout October. Bonus: Admission includes a you-pick pumpkin from the on-site pumpkin patch. Plan to spend a bit of time at the farm store selling pasture-raised meat, maple syrup and other local specialities.
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Pingle’s Farm Market
As part of its harvest festival (running until October 30), Pingle’s Farm Market, east of Oshawa, features a 3.2-hectare corn maze. To amp up the fun factor, there are also wagon rides, apple picking and farm animals like goats, bunnies and sheep to befriend. Kids love the playland area, where they can bounce on hay bales and whiz down slides. Food stations on-site offer quick bites when hunger hits.
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By day, Snyder’s Farm‘s corn maze (above) is sweet, innocent fun. By night, however, the labyrinth becomes part of Fear Farm, a suite of spooky experiences—six in all, including three haunted houses and a terrifying hayride. Located north of Woodstock, Ontario, the pulse-pounding adventure is suited to grown-ups and older kids, with parental supervision required for anyone under 18. This attraction is very popular among horror fans, so book tickets in advance.
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Courtesy Downey’s Farm
Until Halloween, visitors can explore eight kilometres of paths through an expansive corn maze as part of Downey’s Farm’s popular Pumpkinfest. Kids have plenty of ways to be entertained, from puppet shows and duck races to magician tricks and a low ropes course. There’s also an unmissable family photo opp in front of an impressive display of thousands of pumpkins. Pick up some kettle corn and pumpkin donuts for the ride back home (it’s a mere 45 minutes from Toronto).
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Strom’s Farm & Bakery
Boredom is not an option when you head to Strom’s Farm. Its corn maze has five kilometres of paths, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get good and lost. Each year, the farm chooses a local non-profit organization to support through the proceeds, so it’s all for a good cause. Once you’ve found your way through the maze, wind your way through other challenges, like rope and straw mazes.
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Courtesy Howells Farm
South of St. Catharines, Howells offers oodles of fall activities, including a corn maze that incorporates interactive games throughout the journey to the exit. Tire out the kids with a tractor ride around the picturesque farm, a giant 40-foot slide, tricycle track and sandboxes. Don’t leave without trying the pumpkin donuts, a local favourite for more than 20 years.
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Kustermans Adventure Farm
Located just west of London, Ontario, the Kustermans family-run farm offers next-level experiences throughout the year. Its fall festival, open Thursday to Sunday, is a great time to visit, thanks to a corn maze with a brand-new design, wagon rides, a playground and a myriad of kid-pleasing games. While you’re there, pick your own pumpkin for decorating or baking, and a jar of homemade jam from the shop on-site.
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Applewood Farm Winery
For more than 20 years, Applewood Farm has earned a reputation for its fruit wines and mead, but its corn maze is sure to win many fans, too. The business’s location in Seagrave (10 minutes north of Port Perry) has plenty to offer, including a massive corn maze stretching more than 40 acres. After adult visitors have found the exit, they can raise a glass to their orienteering skills with pumpkin moonshine or blueberry cider.
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Courtesy Ouimet Farms
Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Spread over seven acres, Ouimet Farms reinvents its corn maze every year with a new design, and some interesting twists, including a scavenger hunt. Families can search for mailboxes and hidden map pieces scattered throughout the maze. Located west of Ottawa, the farm specializes in “agri-tainment,” offering education and fun for families. Snap a photo of yourself in front of the impressive painted silo depicting the father of the farm’s owner, Andre Ouimet.
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