Adventures await at these Ontario farms where the fall harvest means celebrating with hayrides, haunted houses, pumpkin catapults, corn mazes, cider tastings, and more.
Here’s where to find wholesome fall fun just a short drive from Toronto.
Open to the public week-round, this farmland attraction features barnyard animals, a farm train, corn-maze, PYO-apples, pumpkin picking, gift shop, and activities for kids.
Address: 329 Richmond Street, Thorndale
Admission is $7.50 for a day of orchard-bound wagon rides, an animal barn, corn maze, and Straw Mountain at this farm less than an hour away from Toronto.
Address: 12416 McCowan Road, Stouffville
This Bowmanville orchard “has been growing apples since 1967 [and they’re] very picky!” The 12,000-tree orchard offers a multitude of PYO varieties as well as tours and wine and cider tastings.
Address: 6275 Liberty Street North, Bowmanville
When in season (summer) you can meander through the fields of lavender, but in the fall, visit the lavender shop and on-farm winery or check out events (posted to Facebook) like a walking meditation in the prairie grass labyrinth.
Address: 418 Concession 12 Townsend Road, Waterford
Join the weekend Fun Festival this fall at this Mount Albert farm offering Pig Races, and Pumpkin Cannons, as well as PYO-apples. Admission is $15 per person for the fall festival running September 8 to October 28, 2018.
Address: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
There’s a lot of buzz around this farm in Aylmer. Every fall, the heritage honey farm switches focus from sugar to spice with a Pumpkin Festival featuring pumpkin cannon, trebuchet, and catapult. Other attractions include an animal farm, Ontario’s largest glass beehive display, a honey gift shop, and more.
Address: 11302 Imperial Road, Aylmer
Located just under an hour north of Toronto, the farm famously hosts a slew of seasonal festivities each year including an elaborately designed, sprawling 10-acre corn maze.
Address: 266 Ashworth Road, Zephyr
Annual fall-time attractions include apple-picking, Pumpkinfest, wagon rides, a boo barn, a corn maze, a farm market, winery, play area, and more.
Address: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Caledon
Pick your own apples and pumpkins, get lost in the corn maze and fill up at the scratch bakery on weekends during harvest season (until October 28).
Address: 573 Parkside Drive, Waterdown
This farm market and cafe is hosting a day of harvest fun on October 27 featuring a s’mores bar, pumpkin carving contest, pumpkin painting, and of course, stocking up on prepared comfort foods before heading into hibernation.
Address: 17049 Winston Churchill Blvd., Caledon
This annual fall-time tradition invites guests to go for a romp, knee-deep in a cranberry bog. “Stylish” one-size-fits-all chest waders are provided so you can really make a splash! Not to mention, this bog doubles as a winery… so you know there will be wine when you’re ready to wind down.
Address: 1074 Cranberry Road,
Farm animals, wagon rides, a corn “maize,” and pumpkin picking are all available on weekends in October at this Hampton farm.
Address: 6325 Enfield Road, Hampton
The Fall Fun Festival kicks off September 29 and there will be an Amazing Pumpkin Smash on November 3-4. Don’t miss it.
Address: 544212 Clarke Rd., Ingersoll
Just under an hour from Toronto, Linton’s Farm Market is home to a sprawling farm market selling everything from homegrown veggies and fruit to cheese and jams and preservatives. But more importantly, you will find pick-your-own pumpkins, weekend wagon rides, a giant corn maze and a pumpkin cannon at Linton’s.
Address: 571 Raglan Road East, Oshawa
Free wagon rides from noon to 4 pm on Fall Festival Days in September and October, PYO-pumpkins, a demo dairy barn, farm-made ice cream, and a fully stocked farmers’ market are just a few reasons to visit Mapleton.
Address: 8548 Wellington Rd. #7, RR #1, Moorefield
This scenic family farm hosts a Fall Harvest Festival complete with wagon rides, corn maze, pumpkin catapult, barrel train, pumpkin patch, and more on weekends in October from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is $6 per person.
Address: 4074 Line 9, RR 2, St. Mary’s
Located just over an hour north of Toronto, Murphy’s hosts its annual Fall Festival offering wagon rides to the pumpkin patch, along with a corn maze, pumpkin cannon show and bakery serving homemade pies and desserts.
Address: 5163 Simcoe Rd. 10, Alliston
Honey Crisps, Red Delicious, and Ambrosia apples are available for picking from the second weekend in September. Go here not just for the apples, but also the pumpkin patch, wagon rides, corn maze, and massive farmers market.
Address: 1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton
Barely outside the city limits, visit this farm market for pumpkin picking, a corn maze and Insta-worthy opportunities with a giant straw scarecrow.
Address: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham
There’s no shortage of fall attractions at this farm. Not to be missed are the hayrides, five-acre corn maze, petting zoo, pirate ship, straw castle, haunted house, and poutinerie. Tickets are $14.99.
Address: 936685 Blenheim Road, Bright
If your fall bucket list includes wagon rides, pumpkin patches, and hot apple cider, then this farm in the Niagara Escarpment is the place to be. The annual Harvest Festival takes place every weekend (including Thanksgiving Monday) from Saturday, September 22 to Sunday, October 28. Admission is $13 per person.
Address: 7256 Bell School Line, Milton
A corn maze, pedal cart track, pumpkin slingshots, and food trucks are all part of the weekend fun happening at this farm in Guelph.
Address: 5089 Wellington Road #32, Guelph
See the colourful leaves on route to this farm nestled in the Niagara Escarpment. Fall festivities kick-off mid-September and include a massive corn maze, pumpkin patch, and farm market.
Address: 7388 Guelph Line, Campbellville
The Fall Rural Romp at Thatcher’s is Farms on September 29 from 11 am to 4 pm. Go for a day of live music and outdoor BBQ alongside pumpkins, straw bales, and more.
Address: 5727 5th Line Eramosa, Rockwood
Pumpkin Palooza is the perfect time to visit this Port Perry farm. In addition to PYO-pumpkins, enjoy wagon rides, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin carving, and a pumpkin-themed menu.
Address: 975 Durham Road 21, Port Perry