Falling for Fall Festivities: Ottawa's Perfect Pumpkin Patches

Big things happen with the start of the autumn season: back to school, getting back to productive routines, cooler nights, warm drinks (apple cider too, yum!) sweater weather and PUMPKINS!  There are so many things to look forward to  – colourful leaves, harvest, fresh starts, so many words can describe it. We don't want you to miss out on any of the fun so here is a list of some fun family-friendly pumpkin patches and apple orchards to adventure too on your weekends off. Grab your sweater and coffee, and lets hit the road for some adventures!

Proulx Maple & Berry Farm

After berry season, the Proulx Maple & Berry Farm, located just 30 minutes east of downtown Ottawa, is transformed into Pumpkin Fest. On weekends from the end of September to the end of October, the farm offers a Halloween playground, haunted houses and hayride through the “Mysterious Forest”. In addition, you can pick your own pumpkin from the patch, or choose one from one of the many pumpkin displays around the farm or at the boutique. Pick-your-own pumpkin option with event ticket.

Ferme l'Artisan Farm

Located east of Ottawa in the rural area of Prescott-Russell, Ferme l'Artisan Farm is a family-run farm that grows several varieties of both apples and pumpkins that you can pick or purchase. The farm also offers picnics in your own private orchard row—including a festive table filled with food and beverages—as well as live music and special events on select dates. Weekends only.  Pick-your-own available (apples and pumpkins).

Ouimet Farms Adventure

With its brightly-painted Popsil graphic mural of the “Farm Boy”, Ouimet Farms Adventure is hard to miss in Vankleek Hill, an hour’s drive east from Ottawa’s downtown core. The farm is known for its giant corn maze, family fun zone with pedal karts and giant jumping pillows, as well as their u-pick pumpkin patch. Weekends only. Pick-your-own available (pumpkins only).

Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm

Les Vergers Villeneuve not only cultivates blueberries, but other berries and fruit, including cherries, pears, grapes and apples. When you visit this historic farm east of Ottawa in the fall, you might be able to pick your own pears and apples. And you can always purchase their produce as well as fruit wines produced on site, schedule a tasting, or see what special events are offered. Pick-your-own available (apples and pears).

Millers Farm & Market

Take a tractor wagon ride, play in the corn mazes, and pick-your-own pumpkins and other seasonal produce at Millers Farm & Market, located just south of the lovely village (and Ottawa suburb) of Manotick. You might also see Petunia the bunny and Vinny the dog! Make sure to stop at the produce and garden centre to shop for farm-grown and local products, plants and décor. Limited programming on weekdays; full programming on weekends. Pick-your-own available (pumpkins and more).

Cannamore Orchard

Cannamore Orchard, about a 40-minute drive southeast of Ottawa, is known for its cow-train rides, giant mazes, pedal cars, as well as fruit picking. These family activities are offered on weekends only, but you can usually pick your own apples and pumpkins (stocks depending) any day of the week. Pumpkin picking may be limited during the Acres of Terror event running for the month of October. Pick-your-own available (apples and pumpkins).

Log Cabin Orchard

At the Log Cabin Orchard, you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins any day of the week (stocks depending). On weekends, don’t miss the assortment of delicious baked goods, apple cider and their specialty churros (fried apple cider sticks) at the café! This orchard is about 35-minutes south of Ottawa’s downtown core in the community of Osgoode. Pick-your-own available (apples and pumpkins).

Saunders Farm

Known for its Haunting Season and the largest collection of full-sized hedge mazes in North America, Saunders Farm is a popular autumn attraction located just 30 minutes west of downtown Ottawa. On weekends from late September to the end of October, you can visit during the day for family-friendly hayrides, games and entertainment, or wait until the sun goes down for spooky surprises during Frightfest. This 100-acre farm offers lots of pre-picked pumpkins for purchase, along with other goodies including local cider. Pre-picked pumpkins only.

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