Before the pumpkin spice latte, there was simply the pumpkin.
And pumpkins have always been celebrated this time of year. A sign of Halloween, a sign of changing times, a sign of fall. Pumpkin patches start popping up around Ontario, as Torontonians visit the famous farms to pick their very own future jack-o’-lantern.
And while your local grocery store will carry some pumpkins, it’s much more fun to run around a farm and find your perfect pumpkin match. (And just think of all the gorgeous Instagram photos.)
So to help prepare you for both October and Halloween, check out these pumpkin patches around Toronto.
From picking out pumpkins to the Fall Fun Festival on weekends, Brooks Farms has been a seasonal destination for families for years.
Address: Brooks Farms, 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert, Ontario
Hours: Generally 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: Barnyard Playland: Weekdays during the fall $9.00 per person *(kids 2 and under free, excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
Fall Fun Festival: Weekends during the Fall & Thanksgiving Monday $14.00 per person *(kids 2 and under free, excluding Thanksgiving Monday)
Includes all our Barnyard Playland activities plus our Awesome Pumpkin Cannon Show, Pigs Races, Grandpa Hub Singalong, Specials Guests and More!
Pick Your Own Fields / Orchards: You pay for what you pick.
Only a couple days away from the official start of Fall! 🍊
Celebrate the bounty of the harvest each October weekend from Thanksgiving weekend till Halloween with lots of festive fun. It’s pumpkin picking time at Forsythe Family Farms.
Address: 1025 Cragg Road, Greenbank (Uxbridge), Ontario
Hours: Weekdays 10 am to 5 pm, Festival Weekends 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Admission: Weekday $3.50 per person, weekend and holiday Monday $5.50 per person.
Whittamore’s Farm is a large 220 acre fruit and vegetable farm nestled beside the Rouge River Valley in Markham. Choose from 1000s of pumpkins and become a kid again as you chase your friends through the Corn Maze and ride with them on a Wagon through the Spooky Forest.
Address: 18100 Steeles Avenue East, Markham
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Weekends & Thanksgiving Monday $13 per person, weekdays (reduced activities) $9 per person. A family of 4 on weekends & Thanksgiving Monday $48.
Known for their incredible apple selection, Dixie Orchards also offers a large variety of pumpkins and squash. Spend the afternoon around the pumpkin patch and pick out your perfect pumpkin for cooking or decorating.
Address: 14309 Dixie Road, Caldeon, Ontario
Hours: 10 am to 5:30 pm
Celebrate the harvest with the bright orange pumpkins at Albion Orchards. Signifying autumn in Caledon, the pumpkin patch is open to the public now and is the perfect place to pick out that pumpkin for all the pies.
Address: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon, Ontario
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: No entry fee for pick your own.
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It’s all about Pumpkinfest at Downey’s Farm Market! From corn mazes, to puppet shows and wagon rides, there is something for everyone at Downey’s – and of course, a ton of pumpkins to choose from.
Address: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton, Ontario
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Pumpkinfest until October 31, Weekdays: $9.00 per person, Weekends & Holiday Monday $14.00 per person. Weekend Family Rate $63.50 (2 adults, 3 children).
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A free pumpkin patch with a giant straw man calls your name this fall! Explore the patch to find your special pumpkin, and then head to the corn maze next to it for a challenging activity for the whole family.
Address: 10825 Ninth Line, Markham, Ontario
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 am to 6:30 pm
Admission: Free to enter pumpkin patch, $3 per person or $10 per family for the maze.
Check out the Farm Fall Festival at the Round The Bend Farm on Saturdays throughout October. Bring the kids, have fun playing in the mazes, climb the straw mountain, pet and feed some farm animals! And while you’re there, don’t forget to enjoy a wagon ride before picking your pumpkin.
Address: 16225 Jane Street, Kettleby, Ontario
Hours: Saturdays in October 9 am to 5 pm, holiday Monday 10 am to 4 pm
Admission: $22 per family of 4 or $6 per person.
The Stonehaven Farm Market is now officially open! Get your pies started here, at the pick you own pumpkin patch, free of charge to enter. Get lost in the giant corn maze, and hit the wagon for a ride.
Address: 7388 Guelph Line, Campbelville, Ontario
Hours: Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm, Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm, and holiday Monday 9 am to 5 pm
Admission: Free to enter the pumpkin patch, and $4.50 per person for the corn maze.
Not only does Hutchinson Farm have a pumpkin patch, it also has a pumpkin museum. That is correct! Their museum is open, featuring an international collection of exotic pumpkins and squash, all grown on their farm in North Burlington.
Address: 6202 Walkers Line, Burlington, Ontario
Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 6 pm, weekends 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays, but open on all holidays.
Admission: Free to enter the pumpkin patch
Although the pick your own pumpkin patch will be closed for the 2016 season, Orchalaw Farms still have plenty of pre-picked pumpkins available – a great thing for those in a rush! Drop in, grab your pumpkin and check out the pick your own apple orchard while you’re there. The farm is open rain or shine.
Address: 9726 Heritage Road, Brampton, Ontario
Hours: Weekdays 10 am to 5:30 pm, weekends 9 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Wednesdays
Admission: Free to enter.