WHERE TO PICK APPLES, FIND PUMPKINS, AND GET LOST IN A CORN MAZE IN NEW BRUNSWICK
‘Tis the season for apple orchards, pumpkin picking, and corn mazes, so we’ve gathered up the information you want to know on some of the best places in New Brunswick for fall family outings. Many sites include more than one attraction, so we’ve listed things based on geography.
(This post was updated late August 2020; please check the links to the original sources for the most up-to-date information and safety protocols. And please remember, many of these operations are cash only – be prepared!)
SOUTH EAST NEW BRUNSWICK APPLE ORCHARDS, CORN MAZES, & PUMPKIN PATCHES
Belliveau Orchard in Memramcook is open daily with lots to enjoy for the whole family. The Orchard’s apple u-pick has several delicious varieties to choose from, as well as a cafe, a winery, and a growler refill station with cider and local craft beers. A lovely chance to make family memories, pick up some healthy snacks, and even grab a drink for home. Get all your answers about times, costs, and more by calling 758-0295 or checking online. (The apple u-pick is scheduled to open September 11, 2020.)
Also located in Memramcook is Les Petits Fruits de Pré-d’en-Haut, a lovely farm overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch or pick one up from the farm stand. There is a picnic area, as well as a play area for children. The pumpkin u-pick is open weekends until Thanksgiving Day, while the orchard’s blueberry u-pick is open daily; call 758-0987 or check their Facebook page to ensure openings, based on weather.
There are lots of options for family fun at the Green Pig Market in Salisbury. There are mini corn mazes perfect for toddlers, as well as a larger maze; each are open daily. The main corn maze takes about an hour-and-a-half to complete, while the mini maze is full of activities for young kids and takes less than 30 minutes to walk through. Kids under three are free for the mazes, too, which makes this an awesome outing with the little ones! On most Friday and Saturday nights you can explore the maze by flashlight; and on certain weekends in October there is a haunted maze. The market also has a very popular pumpkin blaster and in 2019 has added a bounce pad and wagon rides on the weekends. Plus all the awesome goodies to buy at the market & a new cafe on site in 2020 to visit! This is a Pickle Planet family favourite, for sure! Follow along on their Facebook page for updates, and be sure to tell them you read about it here! (And make plans to visit next August for their annual Sunflower festival.)
Irishview Estates is opening its apple u-pick on Wednesday, September 23 & will be operating until mid-October. They feature honeycrisp, gala, & ambrosia apples and are open 10am until 6pm daily.
Boyle Family Farm is just a few minutes north of Moncton and features a family-friendly petting zoo open on the weekends.
La Fleur du Pommier, also near Cocagne, is another great apple orchard; they also have berry u-picks, too.
Uris Williams & Sons Apple Orchard is a family farm and apple orchard in Saint Antoine, which also grows pumpkins. You can pick your own or pick one up from the stand. Call 525-2376 or visit their Facebook page for details.
For something a little different, check out the Sunflower Maze at Trueman’s in Sackville. You can also enjoy a corn maze, sunflower u-pick, berry u-picks in season, and amazing homemade ice cream! We enjoyed amazing pumpkin spice ice cream, chocolate raspberry, and maple blueberry when we visited. A great family outing, for sure!
If you’re in the Sussex area, Hat Creek Farms has a pumpkin patch u-pick, a corn maze and wagon rides (with social distancing for 2020; open Saturdays and Sundays in September, 1-4pm). They also create a lovely backdrop each year for you to grab those perfect photo memories!
SOUTH WEST NEW BRUNSWICK APPLE ORCHARDS, CORN MAZES, & PUMPKIN PATCHES
The southern part of our province is filled with orchards; we’ve listed a few of the ones most often open to the public. Our apologies if we’ve missed any; let us know and we’ll add them!
Charlotte’s Family Orchard in Gagetown is known for its apples and pumpkins, but the farm offers much more produce for sale as well.
Also in the Gagetown area you’ll find Hazen Cameron & Son Farm, with apples, pumpkins, and more.
Apples, pumpkins, and more are also on offer at Gilbert Farm in Burton.
Fredericton Junction folks will be quick to tell you to visit Hall’s Orchard, where you can enjoy a visit with Cider Man and Apple Lady!
For an organic option, Sandow Farm has been certified such since 2013. You can find them in Keswick Ridge.
The Everett Family Orchard has been a tradition for eight generations, established in the late 1700s. You can visit this apple u-pick in Island View, just west of Fredericton. This is a lovely six-acre property with beautiful views and horses your family can visit. Updated times and details can be found on their Facebook page; they plan a mid-September opening for 2020.
River View Orchard in Keswick also has a long tradition of being a great place for picking apples, strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and more! You can also enjoy their corn maze and great atmosphere. (And if you go early enough, you’ll enjoy a wonderful sunflower field!)
You can’t help but want to grab a photo with Johnny Appleseed at his Keswick Ridge u-pick. Lots of great deals on pumpkins and more at the farm stand, too!
Bostwick‘s is another traditional apple u-pick visit for many families, located on the Kingston Peninsula.
Mackay’s Apple Orchard is a wonderful apple u-pick with a pumpkin patch, as well as home to Yip Cider. Located on the Saint John River, in Long Reach, this is a beautiful spot to spend the day! Opening for the season on September 5, 2020.
NORTH EAST NEW BRUNSWICK APPLE ORCHARDS, CORN MAZES, & PUMPKIN PATCHES
In Miramichi, Fletcher’s Farm offers a five-acre corn maze, a hay bale maze, wagon rides, pedal carts, animals, scavenger hunts and more! Check their Facebook page for hours and all kinds of fun events.
NORTH WEST NEW BRUNSWICK CORN MAZES
A fall tradition for many New Brunswick families is a trip to Florenceville-Bristol for the Hunter Brothers‘ corn maze and fall festival. Visit the maze and petting farm, enjoy hayrides, corn cannons, a jumping pillow, pedal kart track, giant slides, corn cabin, petting farm, spooky maze, straw castle, and many more fun activities; options and cost varies depending on the day and time. The farm now also offers a sunflower patch, too!
For all your apple picking adventures in this region, check out Dukeshire’s Apples – Orchard Shade Farms in Northampton. Apples are generally ready mid-September.
NORTHERN NOVA SCOTIA PUMPKIN PATCHES & MORE
Up for a road trip? Check out Truro’s RiverBreeze Farm, one of the Maritimes’ most popular corn mazes and pumpkin u-picks. Admission includes access to the corn maze, a giant jumping pillow, cow train rides (our toddler loved this!), laser tag, petting zoo, duck and pig races, pony rides, and more. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch or enjoy a haunted walk; check their site for all the details. It’s a busy spot, so plan accordingly. RiverBreeze Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays (and Thanksgiving Monday) and is a perfect stop if you’re traveling toward Cape Breton or Halifax this fall!
If there’s a great pumpkin patch or corn maze in New Brunswick that we’ve missed, be sure to let us know in the comments and we’ll add them to this list that thousands and thousands of fall-loving families like you are reading! For more apple orchards, check out this great post from the provincial tourism department, and for more on New Brunswick’s apple-growing history, check out the Apple Growers of New Brunswick.
Thanks to the talented Matt & Chera Yorke for the photos (and cover photo by Kristi Colleen). If you want to build your own Pumpkin Pallet Stand, check out our DIY tutorial! And for more fun ideas, be sure to read our Fall Family Bucket List!