When the corn maze reaches head height on me, it’s adventure time for Elle, aka Little Miss Independent Explorer. Summer sun, bugs, dirt, the unknown lurking around every corner…that sounds like her idea of a grand adventure. I’m just the trusty sidekick holding the sunblock and oohing whenever she points out a ladybug.
Yes, COVID changed our summer plans. (Bye, Kelowna. Hello, Alberta camping.) But that’s not why I’m looking up local corn and sunflower mazes within Alberta. Elle’s a toddler. Frankly, I prefer taking a dozen little trips and letting her soak up all the new experiences available here in Edmonton to a single big trip she won’t remember five years from now, which brings me to the corn maze.
Corn Mazes for Halloween and Sunflowers…
Corn mazes aren’t just for fall. Most of ours open in late June or early August. Corn and sunflower mazes offer wide, packed earth paths with picnic spots. After a few hours of navigating around the dead ends, we can visit the rabbits at the petting zoo or go for a hayride. There are also games, farmer’s markets, and other outdoor family activities.
Just be aware, some venues may discontinue hayrides due to social distancing guidelines.
Elle’s Alberta Corn Maze Shortlist
- Address: 26171 Garden Valley Road, Spruce Grove, AB
- Driving Time from Edmonton: 35 minutes
- Price: $13 ages 12 and up, $10 ages 4-11, and free for children under 4
- Opening Day (perhaps call to confirm due to COVID rules): July 28, 2020
- Activities: Corn Cob Express ride, spud guns, Farmcade games, pedal carts, bouncy castle, picnic areas and fire pits, farmers market with both treats and produce, petting zoo, u-pick sunflowers
- Address: Site 6 Box 9 Rr 1, Lacombe, AB
- Driving Time from Edmonton: 1 hour 23 minutes
- Price: $14.29 for ages 3 and up. Some activities require additional tokens.
- Opening Day (perhaps call to confirm due to COVID rules): July 17, 2020
- Activities: Grain Train ride, Chicken Show, miniature golf, jumping pillows, pig races, kiddie maze, carousel, mini crooked houses, giant games, concessions, and a zipline
- Address: 104051 Range Rd 224, Lethbridge County, AB
- Driving Time from Edmonton: 4 hours 45 minutes
- Price: $10 per adult; $4 children ages 6 and up; Free for children under 3
- Opening Day (perhaps call to confirm due to COVID rules): June 26 (petting zoo only) and July 31 (corn maze)
- Activities: 4 mazes—Big Maze, Trivia Maze, Scavenger Maze, and Hedge Maze—a petting zoo with ponies and bunnies, cow train ride, a 40-foot slide, and a playground with a giant sandbox
My Pick for Elle’s First Corn Maze Adventure – Edmonton Corn Maze
When I typed “Edmonton Corn Maze” into Google Maps and discovered it was only half an hour away, I knew I had found the one to beat. That’s close enough for us to get home in time for dinner. Their mazes also have stories behind them. Last year, they paid tribute to Stollery Hospital. Although I don’t know this year’s theme yet, I look forward to telling its story while Elle tugs me down the corn rows. We’ll pack a picnic lunch with plenty of goldfish crackers and raspberries and nibble while listening to corn rustle in the wind. She’ll scrunch up her nose and giggle while feeding the animals at the petting zoo. We’ll pick sunflowers for the kitchen table and maybe get a few ears of fresh corn for the grill. All in all, it promises to be another perfect father-daughter day in the sun.
Now, I need to pick a day and check the corn maze hours. They vary by time of year. I hope you have as much fun as we will!