Sunday, October 4, 2009

edmonton's corn maze

Sometimes I just never get around to accomplishing a task, even when it has fun written all over it. The Edmonton Corn Maze just happens to be one of those things. The timing just never seemed right; work, vacation days, and weather closures are just some of the reasons. Finally though, after years of waiting, today was the day.

I picked up my friend Sarah who was game even with the cold weather, and headed out in search of corn. Located on the outskirts of our city, the corn maze changes each year to reflect a new theme. This year, Roar of the Rings, has the 15 acre crop of corn shaped into a larger than life curler.

The maze is made of two sections with 10 question posts to help you along the way. The posts will correspond with a question on the passport which answers will then send you right or left. You have a choice of 6 passport topics this year. Sarah opted for Finish The Lyrics, and gave me Believe It Or Not! I'm not going to lie, we shared the experience as it was a good way to double check our directions.

Oh which way to go! Is that a question post in the distance...

Some of the question posts were hilarious. We both enjoyed the corn dog immensely.

Some exciting facts about the maze;

  • There are over 5 km of trails in the maze.
  • The maze covers 15 acres.
  • The average time spent in the maze – 1+ hours.
  • The quickest the maze can be completed (honestly) – 20 minutes.
  • The maze is divided into 2 smaller mazes called Phases.
  • There is 1 bridge lookout located in the maze to help you gather your bearings.
  • There are over 1 million corn seeds planted in the maze.
  • For an extra twist, try the maze in the dark.
  • The corn will grow to be at least 9 feet tall.
There is a bridge in the middle of the maze where you can look out from. It provides a great view of the grounds, but it isn't high enough to see the maze's theme. The best part of the bridge for me was watching people mill around lost. You can hear people yelling the whole time. Expect a lot of MARCO...POLO, if you go.

After 35-40 minutes, Sarah and I made to the end. It honestly felt quite a bit longer, but I think that may have to do with the combination of cold wind, drizzling rain, and runny nose. Even though we came prepared with coffee's in hand, I'm glad we didn't end up spending longer out there. To think, some people spend hours in there!

If the maze isn't entertaining enough, there is always the pedal-carts and petting zoo. As well, a few picnic areas equipped with metal fire pits are available to roast up dogs and make an afternoon of it. Even with the cold weather, a lot of people were out roasting goodies.

If it was a bit warmer, I suppose waiting for a bag of fresh air popped popcorn would have been a little more enticing.

The corn maze is open until October 17th, so you still have a couple of weeks to visit. If you miss the maze and are OK with a bit of a scare, part of the maze and adjacent farm are transformed into the Farm of Fear.

26101 SH 627
Spruce Grove, AB T7Y 1B3
(780) 288-0208
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 4pm – 9pm
Saturdays: 10am – 9pm
Sundays: 1pm – 5 pm

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