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 in preparation for Halloween:
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 restaurant and squash museum. 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, on Sunday, Sept. 15 and every Sunday from Sept. 29 until Oct. 20, 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.
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. La Magie de la Pomme will also host a Pumpkin Festival from Oct. 12-14 from 11 a.m until 4 p.m. Many activities will be taking place over the weekend, including pumpkin carving and decorating. Approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
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. On select evenings in October, kids can pick pumpkins in a fun, and slightly spooky environment. Season starts mid-October from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
WEST OF MONTREAL
Le Verger Labonté
2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot
This Notre Dame l’Île Perrot 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 1 p.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.
2495 Perrot Blvd. S.
Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
Quinn Farm in Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot 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. 21st until the end of October and is offered every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Weekends between Sept. 21 and Oct. 14 are fall festival days, which means plenty of tractor and pony rides, live music, and more. Visit the website above for more information. Approximately 40 minutes from Montreal.
SOUTH OF MONTREAL
Vergers Pierre Tremblay et fils
375 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire
Near 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 acts as 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.
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, and you can sample many homemade products at the farm boutique. 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.
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. On weekends, weather permitting, kids can jump on giant inflatables. The farm’s speciality at their kiosk is sweet corn. Pumpkin picking is offered from the end of September through October, open Sunday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
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.
* Information updated August, 2019