Pumpkin picking not far from Montreal

This is a great outdoor activity for kids and a nice way to spend a few hours surrounded by the beauty of the fall season

Pumpkin picking not far from Montreal

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October is jack-o-lantern season, so why not get the family out of the house and into the pumpkin patch! (This article was updated in September 2021 and please note vaccine passports are not required for this outdoor activity.) Here’s a list of places within driving distance of Montreal where you and your family can pick your own pumpkins:

Pumpkin picking not far from Montreal

NORTH OF MONTREAL

La Centre d’Interpretation de la Courge de Quebec 
839 Principal Rd.
St. Joseph du lac
450-623-4894
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal
Pumpkin picking until the end of October
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
centredelacourge.com

Beyond the pumpkin patch, you can also find a picnic area, playground and tree house for kids, as well as a squash market. Every Sunday until Oct.17, Le Centre D’Interpretation de la Courge will host local musical group Les Jacks from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With respect to Quebec’s health and safety guidelines, masks will be mandatory where social distancing can’t be maintained on the patch. No online reservation is required for pumpkin picking, but Le Centre d’Interpretation de la Courge will close off access to the patch if there are too many people already on site.

La Magie de la Pomme 
925 Fresnière Rd.
St. Eustache
450-623-0062
Approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal
Pumpkin picking until the end of October
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
lamagiedelapomme.com

This orchard offers more than 100 varieties of pumpkin and squash to pick yourself.  Visitors can taste homemade apple bread, visit a mini-farm, enjoy a tractor ride, play area and pick pumpkins. Masks will be mandatory indoors and on the tractor rides.

WEST OF MONTREAL

Le Verger Labonté 
2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
514-453-5379
Approximately 25 minutes from Montreal
Season starts beginning of October and runs to November
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend.
Access to the orchard costs $5.50
vergerlabonte.com

This orchard has a playground area, mini-farm, and corn mazes set up for kids of different age groups (some are short, some take a long time). This year, they have developed a new investigation game in their woodlot for those and over. Bring your own picnic. Until Oct. 15, it is possible to pick a pumpkin on weekdays with the purchase of an apple picking or corn maze ticket.

Due to the pandemic, the number of people allowed on site has been reduced and families must reserve online in advance.

Quinn Farm 
2495 Perrot Blvd. S.
Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
514-453-1510
Approximately 40 minutes from Montreal
Pumpkin picking until the end of October
Wednesdays through Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
quinnfarm.qc.ca

Quinn Farm has a barn full of animals to visit, a play yard including giant slides, tricycles and a cedar maze.

Due to the pandemic, families must make a reservation online before they go to the farm. The animal barn and play area are open, while the picnic area and food service are closed. Masks are mandatory in the store and on wagon and tractor rides. A two-metre distance has to be maintained and hand washing stations are available. Quinn Farm will not be hosting group tours or birthday parties this season.

SOUTH OF MONTREAL

Vergers Pierre Tremblay et fils
375 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire
450-347-6336
Approximately 40-minutes from Montreal
Pumpkin picking until the end of October
8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
verger-tremblay.ca

This pumpkin patch also has a playground, sandbox, games, tractor rides and a mini farm. Aside from pies, cookies and muffins, the on-site restaurant serves lunch with food like homemade soups and quiches.

Adhering to Quebec’s health and safety guidelines, sanitary stations have been put up throughout the orchard, employees wear masks at all times, and social distancing is required.

Ferme La Fille Du Roy 
1920 Rang St-Simon, Ste. Madeleine
450-795-3579
Approximately an hour from Montreal
Pumpkin picking through mid-October
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
lafilleduroy.ca

Situated on the South Shore, Ferme La Fille Du Roy offers families the chance to pick your own pumpkins as well as artichokes, squash, and ground cherries during the fall season. There is a decorated corn maze and picnic area on site.

Masks inside the boutique are mandatory. For now, you do not need to make a reservation before pumpkin picking.

La Ferme Reid Sabrevois 
485 Rte 133, Sabrevois
450-346-6867
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal
Pumpkin picking with tractor rides offered through October
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
fermereid.com

Pick your own pumpkin at Ferme Reid, which also boasts a picnic area, animal farm and playground for children. This year, it has three corn mazes (to suit little kids up to teenagers and adults).   The  farm’s speciality at their kiosk is sweet corn. On Oct. 30, crazy scientists will be going through the maze scaring courageous visitors.

Masks are mandatory in tractor rides and inside the boutique.

Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande
154 Rang de la Montagne, Rougemont
844-94POMME
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal
Pumpkin picking until end of October
8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
pmrhaltegourmande.ca

located at the bottom of Mount Rougemont, this is a popular spot to enjoy the fall colours. A tractor ride will take you to the pumpkin patch at Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande, where you’ll also be able to meet animals in a mini-farm, jump on a giant trampoline and walk through a corn maze. Aside from pumpkins, you can also pick apples, tomatoes and more. Well known for its homemade donuts and freshly pressed apple juice.

There will be a limit to the number of people who can enter the shop and there will be hand-washing stations throughout the orchard.


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