10 best (and closest) pumpkin patches to explore in the GTA and beyond

Toronto, it’s that time of year and it’s not too late to trek to the pumpkin patch to get your autumn haul of non-ugly pumpkins, or maybe plan for a trip next fall. We know baby pumpkins are the best for pumpkin pies and you’ll be able to find that at your local grocer, but for the best Jack-o’-lantern pumpkins, head to any of these 10 pumpkin patches.

We’ve ordered the list of 10 by proximity to Toronto’s downtown core. Remember that 150 km is included per trip (and $0.25 per additional kilometer).

1. Reesor’s Farm Market, 0.75 hours, 44 km
2. Albion Orchards, 1 hour, 56-62 km
3. Springridge Farm, 1 hour, 62-66 km
4. Hutchinson Farm, 1 hour, 63-69 km
5. Andrew’s Scenic Acres,  1.25 hours, 65 km
6. Downey’s Farm Market, 1 hour, 66 km
7. Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze, 1 hour, 70-82 km
8. Forsythe Family Farms, 1.25 hours, 80-85 km
9. Brooks Farms, 1-1.25 hours, 68-101 km
10. Pingle’s Farm Market, 1-1.25 hours, 77-110 km

For more information about each pumpkin patch, see below:

1. Reesor’s Farm Market
10825 Ninth Line, Markham, ON L6B 1A8
+1 905-640-4568
reesors.ca
Rating: 4.4

Pick your own pumpkins and check out Reesor’s corn maze. There are lots of ready-picked pumpkins in the farm market and town market. Also, apples, squash, carrots, lettuce,  oh my. You’ll love their cookies and fruit pies, too.

2. Albion Orchards
14800 Innis Lake Rd, Caledon East, ON L7C 2Y8
+1 905-584-0354
www.albionorchards.com
Rating: 3.9

Looking for more than a perfect pumpkin? Come experience farm-fresh produce and explore the bountiful apple orchards. Albion Orchards doesn’t charge for admission, only for apple picking. The pumpkin patch is open until Halloween, but come back to pick your next Christmas tree.

3. Springridge Farm
7256 Bell School Line, Milton, ON L9E 0N7
+1 905-878-4908
www.springridgefarm.com
Rating: 4.5

There are plenty of pumpkins to choose from:  Jack-O-Lantern, Cinderella, Ghost, and Knucklehead. But Springridge Farm also grows strawberries, gourds, and harvest honey from 1 million bees that live in hives beside their pond.

4. Hutchinson Farm
6202 Walkers Line, Burlington, ON L7M 0R3
+1 905-335-2515
www.hutchinsonfarm.ca
Rating: 4.6

Shhhh! Hutchinson Farm’s Great Pumpkin Art Silent Auction is a mainstay at the farm.  They have some talented graffiti artists on staff who’ve painted some amazing pumpkins this year. The farm is known for their exotic pumpkin varieties and heirloom garlic.

5. . Andrew’s Scenic Acres
9365 10 Side Rd, Milton, ON L9T 2X9
+1 905-878-5807
www.andrewsfarm.ca
Rating: 3.4

PWYC Pumpkins! Pay-what-you-can pumpkins are a hit at Andrew’s Scenic Acres. Get your Halloween pumpkins and propose your own price. And there’s free admission for the last weekend of October.

6. Downey’s Farm Market
13682 Heart Lake Rd, Inglewood, ON L7C 2J5
+1 905-838-2990
www.downeysfarm.com
Rating: 4.3

Downey’s Pumpkinfest opens daily from the end of September until October 31st from 10am – 5pm. Last admission at 4pm. There are wagon rides, farm animals, live entertainment, and an eight-acre corn maze!

7. Cooper’s CSA Farm & Maze
266 Ashworth Rd, Zephyr, ON L0E 1T0
+1 905-830-4521
www.coopersfarm.ca
Rating: 4.4

Cooper’s Farm and 10-acre corn maze runs until the end of October but they’re open on select Saturdays between November and May. They pride themselves in farming through natural and sustainable practices and ethically raised cattle.

8. Forsythe Family Farms
1025 Cragg Rd, Uxbridge, ON L9P 1R3
+1 905-887-1087
www.forsythefamilyfarms.com
Rating: 4.5

Take a walk through this family farm’s Sunflower Trail. The sunflowers have grown 8-12 feet tall and are at their peak bloom mid-September. Nothing says fall like a corn maze, which is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm. Fresh picked apples are available in their market with over five varieties as the season progresses.

9. Brooks Farms
122 Ashworth Rd, Mount Albert, ON L0G 1M0
+1 905-473-3246
www.brooksfarms.com
Rating: 4.4

For over a decade, Brooks Farms has hosted an awesome Fall Fun Festival that gets bigger and better every year: pumpkin cannon show, train rides, zip lines, bouncing ponies, playhouses, and slides. The last weekend of October is their infamous pumpkin smash!

10. Pingle’s Farm Market
1805 Taunton Rd, Hampton, ON L0B 1J0
+1 905-725-6089
www.pinglesfarmmarket.com
Rating: 4.0

Pingle’s Farm Market is celebrating 32 years of farm fun. Pick your own pumpkins and apples, have a wander through their corn maze, pet some farm animals, check out the pedal carts, giant slide, trike track, mini putt, pumpkin cannon show, giant sand pile, jump pad, and straw jump.

Did you know you can book a FLEX car through the Transit app?

Make your daily commute a bit easier by booking a FLEX car when you need it, using your Transit app.

Follow these 5 steps to make your first multimodal commute with carsharing, bikesharing, and public transportation.

Step 1: Open the Transit app and click on settings.

Step 2: Click on Communauto FLEX “sign in.”

Step 3: Enter your Communauto FLEX membership number or email and your password.

Your FLEX account is now connected to the Transit app!

Step 4: Search for a FLEX car near you.

Step 5: Reserve/book a car and you’re good to go!

Happy carsharing and we hope you get to where you’re going with Transit’s multimodal options!

4 places to visit this autumn to escape the city

Muskoka – 2.5 hours away

Photo credit: Discover Muskoka

Let the city fall away … (see what we did there) … and book a fall getaway to Muskoka for a romantic vacation in a naturally beautiful setting, or take the whole family for an autumn vacation at one of the many lakeside resorts.

Prince Edward County – 2.75-3 hours away

Photo credit: The Regent Theatre

Prince Edward County is known for its quaint inns, chalets, and wine tours. Get out of the city and escape to the Sandbanks Provincial Park and its towering limestone cliffs. Have a night at the Regent Theatre, a restored Edwardian opera house. Walk through Macaulay Heritage Park to take a gander at their local history through its 19th-century buildings.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas – 2 hours away

Check out Peterborough and the Kawarthas’ independent craft breweries, cideries, distillers, Feast On restaurants, and farmers’ markets. Watch the leaves change on one of their cycle tours or carve your own paddle at the Canadian Canoe Museum!

Collingwood – 2.5 hours away

Photo credit: Town of Collingwood

There’s nothing like a good walk. Once you arrive in your FLEX car, hit the pavement on foot with a self-guided discovery walk through Collingwood’s artistic, historical, architectural, culinary and natural features. Since you’re already walking, you could take a Good Food Stroll and discover the unique restaurants, bars, craft breweries, coffee houses and specialty food shops.

Planning your trip

We understand that planning your trips can be a bit confusing at first glance. Here are two scenarios to help you plan your next trip.

Scenario 1: You would like to have a car for three days for a family trip to Muskoka and estimate that you’ll drive it about 175 km there and back. How much will it cost you?

3 days = $50/day + 35$ extra day = $120
175 km x 2 = 350 km
150 km is included per trip and each additional km is $0.25
200 km x $0.25 = $50

Total cost: $120 + $50 = $170

Scenario 2: It’s grocery night. You walked to No Frills from work but would like to take a FLEX car home for your grocery haul. Canned goods are pretty heavy after all! It takes you about 26 minutes to get home because of the traffic and you drove about 5.7 km. How much will it cost you?

$0.41/minute = $0.41 x 26 min = $10.66
150 km is included per trip so you don’t get charged for the distance you drove!

Total cost = $10.66

But wait, you just signed up and have the first 30 minutes free for your first month. This trip is free!

Total cost = FREE dollars!

Enjoy the gift of FLEX with these relocation credits

This spring we’re launching “FLEX gifts.” You’ll now notice gift icons in the Communauto FLEX app. These FLEX gifts give you 30-minute credits when you block and use cars associated with it. You’ll help optimize the distribution of FLEX vehicles within the service area AND save money!

How does it work?

  1. Block a car displaying the FLEX gift pictogram.
  2. Use it to get to where you’re going. Release it in the service area identified on the map.
  3. The credit will automatically be applied on your trip (see conditions) and will be recorded in your reservation’s history.

Conditions

The relocation credit constitutes a postponement of the first 30 billable minutes of a trip. Therefore, you are still eligible for all of the other credits usually offered when using FLEX: blocking the vehicle for up to 30 minutes so you can get to it, 20 minutes credit for purchasing gas.

The credit is only granted if vehicle identified by the gift pictogram is selected and under the condition that the trip ends in the service zone.

The relocation credit cannot be combined with the (extended) launch offer of the “first 30 minutes free,” which new FLEX members are usually entitled. Either one or the other applies to the same trip.