As summer transitions into autumn in Canada’s capital, the region welcomes seasonal fun at local farms. These countryside gems often offer pre-picked or pick-your-own (u-pick) apples and pumpkins, plus giant mazes, hayrides, picnics and other activities. Whatever your fall traditions, you can get your fill of pumpkin patches and apple orchards at these lovely farms in the Ottawa region. (Apple season typically runs from mid-August through September, and pumpkin season from late September through October.)
Note: Advanced ticket purchase or reservation may be required for some activities, and some programming may change. Please confirm details with individual businesses and stay informed on the current COVID-19 situation in Ottawa.
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. Every weekend from September 19 to October 31, 2021, 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 both apples and pumpkins. This year, their eight varieties of apples are only available for purchase at the boutique. But you can pick your own pumpkins (choose from more than 15 varieties) starting at the end of September. Plus, on weekends from September 18 to October 2021, the farm is offering picnics in your own private orchard row, including a festive table filled with food and beverages. Pick-your-own available (pumpkins only).
Ouimet Farms Adventure
With its brightly-painted Popsilo 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. The farm is open on weekends until October 24, 2021. Pick-your-own available (pumpkins only).
Les Vergers Villeneuve and Blueberry Farm
Les Vergers Villeneuve not only cultivates blueberries, but also other berries and fruit, including apples. Although u-pick apples are not available in 2021, you can still visit this historic farm east of Ottawa (verify hours) to purchase their fruit wines produced on site, or to schedule a tasting. Pre-picked apples only.
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. Pick-your-own available (pumpkins and more).
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 pick your own apples and pumpkins (stocks depending) any day of the week. Don’t forget the Acres of Terror event running for the month of October. Pick-your-own available.
Log Cabin Orchard
At the Log Cabin Orchard, you can pick-your-own apples and pumpkins any day of the week (stocks depending). And 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.
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 September 25 to October 31, 2021, 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.