Decorative gourds are for basic witches.
And if the contents of our broom closet are any indication (scrunches, pumpkin-spice candles, Vinho Verde), you know we're ready to get out there to crunch the last of those leaves under our Uggs–and we hope you are too!
Here are four spots within and surrounding Winnipeg where autumn is amped for the whole fam jam.
A Maze in Corn – If peak fall flavour is pumpkin spice, then peak fall sound is that rustle of stalks and leaves as you navigate a maze of maize. A Maze in Corn really has it all come autumn, including its marquee corn maze that took us more than 20 minutes to navigate.
On top of that, you can reach the top of a hay bale pyramid; feed and/or interact with super cute goats, lambs and kittens in the petting zoo. You can go for horse-drawn or pony-pulled hayrides as the sun sets, which is every bit as charming as it sounds and all including in admission price for the corn maze.
Produce can be purchased within the Pumpkin Barn, including honey, sweet corn, a fine selection of squash, pumpkins and sunflower bouquets that were just harvested after the end of this summer’s Sunflower Expo.
Come nightfall, The Haunted Forest also comes alive for older kids and adults looking for a scare. Learn more about it in our scary October guide.
Know before you go: The website is updated daily with all the daytime farm fun that only takes place on weekends.
Aurora Farms – Kid you not, Aurora Farms is the GOAT when it comes to fun informative farm tours. This quaint vegetarian farm has been sustainably producing outstanding goat milk soap for years now and has also made a name for itself as a top destination for goat yoga too.
Families (and groups of up to 12) can book the one-hour Experience Aurora Tour in advance that gets you up close to its animals–which include horses, a mini donkey and so many goats–while also showcasing its gardens and how the farm’s products and are made and how sustainable farm practices are utilized. While you are there, you can also visit the Aurora Farm General Store where products can be purchased that were produced right on the farm, including that famed soap, alpaca yarn and skin care products.
Experience Aurora Tours can be booked here.
Deer Meadow Farms – Dearest readers, whenever we need a pick-me-up we just look at a picture of our little guy holding the fluffiest bunny we’ve ever seen at Deer Meadow Farms and all seems well in the world (see the gallery below).
This place is honestly cuter than watching an elderly couple holding hands over the dinner table. Your kids will relish its large petting zoo with its miniature horses, pigs, goats, calves, lambs and sheep, while its BunnyVille contains all these little enclosures for the world’s cutest puff balls to hide in.
Even the Headless Horseman would fawn over its wagon rides, which take you through the forested meadow and bring you up close to the tiny European fallow deer that you wish you could take home.
There’s also games, a licensed patio, a pumpkin patch and an impressive corn maze that you can also navigate at night–if you dare!
More of its jaunty offerings include Farmer Golf (a nine-hole mini golf course), the pumpkin patch (where you can purchase gorgeous and gigantic gourds) and Haunted Hayrides to the Forbidden Forest, which features massive, macabre sets within a 15-acre forest (so that last one is just for adults and older kids).
Daytime experiences are now only for the weekends, while it all wraps up at the end of October. For full hours, dates and tickets to the Haunted Forest, click here.
The Little Red Barn Micro-Sanctuary – What a heart-warming experience it is visiting this farm located right within Charleswood.
It’s a place where former farm animals go to gently live out their days frolicking and foraging while providing visitors thematic tours like the Children Compassion Private Tour and the Zen Bovine Cow Cuddling tour, with an emphasis on empathy. Farm residents include characters like Lucy the Pig, Ellie the Cow, Nigerian-pygmy goats Casey and Finnegan, hens with names like Matilda and Francis and big old Scotty, the Belgium Draft Gelding horse.