October is jack-o-lantern season, so why not get the family out of the house and into the pumpkin patch!
Here’s a list of places within driving distance of Montreal where you and your family can pick your own pumpkins:
NORTH OF MONTREAL
La Centre d’Interpretation de la Courge de Quebec
839 Principal Rd.
St. Joseph du lac
Le Centre d’Interpretation de la Courge in the lower Laurentians is a sure bet if you’re looking for that perfect pumpkin to carve. Beyond the pumpkin patch, you can also find a picnic area, playground and treehouse for kids, as well as a squash market. The indoor bistro is closed for the season but their outdoor bistro will be offering squash chips, soup, wine and beer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Moreover, every Saturday and Sunday, the staff will be on hand to help you with recipe ideas, and teach you everything you want to know about gourds. Additionally, every Sunday until Oct.18, Le Centre D’Interpretation de la Courge will host local musical group Les Jacks from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The season runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 31 and it is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal. Admission is free.
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.
This orchard is on Ferme Dubeault & Fils offers more than 100 varieties of pumpkin and squash to pick yourself. Upon arrival, children will be welcomed by Princess Api, the farm’s mascot. They can then taste homemade apple bread, watch a puppet show in the magic castle, visit a mini-farm, enjoy a tractor ride, face painting, and pick pumpkins. Pumpkin picking is offered September through October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
Because the patch is busier on the weekend and social distancing is harder, masks will be mandatory on site at all times, indoors and outdoors, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. During the week, masks are mandatory in indoor spaces and on tractor rides. This year, the annual Thanksgiving weekend Pumpkin Festival will not take place.
EAST OF MONTREAL
Le Verger du Flanc Nord
835 Rouillard, Mont St. Hillaire
Located in Mont-St. Hillaire, at Verger du Flanc Nord people can pick pumpkins, bring a picnic, or have fun in the play area. Furthermore, kids can go on tractor rides and check out the animal farm, while adults can enjoy the terrace and artisanal ice ciders. Season starts mid-October from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
For the 2020 season, masks will be mandatory inside and on tractor rides. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer as well as their own table cloths if they plan on using the picnic area. On Oct. 16 and 17, as well as Oct. 23 and 24, kids can pick pumpkins in a fun, and slightly spooky environment, for 30 minutes between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
WEST OF MONTREAL
Le Verger Labonté
2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
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). Bring your own picnic. Season starts mid-October and runs to November, hours are 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 will cost $3. Approximately 25-minutes from Montreal.
Due to the pandemic, the number of people allowed on site has been reduced and families must reserve online in advance. Until Oct. 13, it is possible to pumpkin pick on weekdays with the purchase of an apple picking ticket or a corn maze ticket. As of Oct. 17, pumpkin picking tickets will be available online.
2495 Perrot Blvd. S.
Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
Quinn Farm has a barn full of animals to visit, a small maze made out of bales of hay, and sausages on homemade buns from the barbecue. Pumpkin picking runs from Sept. 19 until the end of October and is offered Wednesdays through Mondays between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Visit the website above for more information. Approximately 40 minutes from Montreal.
Due to the pandemic, families must make a reservation online before they go to the farm. The animal barn and parts of the play area are open, while the picnic area will be open at half capacity. Masks are mandatory in the store and on wagon and tractor rides. A two-metre distance has to be maintained and hand washing when coming in and leaving the site is mandatory. Visitors are asked not to eat the fruit they pick on site. Unnecessary touching of objects, such as equipment on the farm or products in the store, is discouraged. Also, only one person per family will be allowed in the store at any given time. Unfortunately, Quinn Farm will not be hosting schools or birthday parties this season.
SOUTH OF MONTREAL
Vergers Pierre Tremblay et fils
375 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire
This pumpkin patch also has a playground, sandbox, games, tractor rides and a mini farm, where you can visit Basil Tremblay, a beloved donkey that is the farm’s mascot. Aside from pies, cookies and muffins, the on-site restaurant serves lunch with food like homemade soups and quiches. The pumpkin patch is open until the end of October, during which time you can pick pumpkins everyday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Approximately 40-minutes from Montreal.
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. Plastic sheets have also been added to all tractor rides.
Ferme La Fille Du Roy
1920 Rang St-Simon, Ste. Madeleine
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. Moreover, guided tours are available. Pumpkin season runs from mid-September 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.
Usually, Ferme La Fille du Roy offers samples of many homemade products at the farm boutique, but because of the pandemic, tastings will not be allowed this season. 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
Pick your own pumpkin at Ferme Reid, which also boasts a picnic area, animal farm and playground for children and a corn maze. On weekends, weather permitting, kids can jump on giant inflatables. The farm’s speciality at their kiosk is sweet corn. The farm is open Sunday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pumpkin picking is offered daily from the end of September through October, from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
As required by Quebec regulations, masks are mandatory in tractor rides and inside the boutique.
Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande
154 Rang de la Montagne, Rougemont
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 strawberries, apples, tomatoes and more. The Orchard is open from mid-June until the end of October. The period of time for pumpkin picking is from mid-September until Halloween and between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
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.
* Information updated September, 2020