Corn Maze Terror and 6 Corn Mazes for You to Try

Corn maze

Who had the bright idea of a corn maze anyhow?

The history of mazes( aka labyrinths) goes back thousands of years, but ones made from corn-not so very long ago.  At Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania,Don Frantz and Adrian Fisher designed and built the first corn maze in the US in 1993.  Mr. Fisher of Dorset, England is considered the world’s top maze designer, with 6 Guinness World Records, and numerous other awards- so, no slouch to corn maze patterns.

 

Corn Maze

Corn mazes are all the rage for fall. Get the family outside in the fresh air, good clean fun for all,yada,yada, yada.
Still, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it,right?

I’ve ‘enjoyed’ a corn maze trek  with a twist-Zombies!
Davison’s Farm in Falmouth, NS  host’s a Corn Maze every fall beginning in early September, and although I am not  a fan of being in a situation when I don’t know where the exit is-I decided to try out.
View the video below to see if I did find the exit.

And then, you can check the accompanying list of corn mazes to try one for yourself near you! Always CALL before you go to ensure the property is open.

Central Nova Scotia Corn Mazes 

Fresh Family Fun Corn Maze & Fear Farm
RiverBreeze Farms
Admission to Corn Maze
Admission to Fear Farm
Find It: 660 Onslow Road, Truro, NS
Phone: (902) 895-6541

Annapolis Valley Corn Mazes

Noggins Corner Corn Maze 
Noggins Corner Farm Market
Admission
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday -Sunday, Holiday Mondays (September 4th and October 9th): 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Find It: 100089 Hwy #1
Greenwich,NS
Phone: (902)542-5515

Evans Family Corn Maze
Admission
Open Daily 10-7pm
Haunted Mazes-Oct 22 & 29,6pm
Trick or Treat Maze Oct 30 5-7pm
Find it: 13808 Hwy 1, Wilmot,NS
Phone: 902-825-3878

Willowbank Farm Corn Maze
Willowbank Farm
Admission
Open Daily
Find It: 110 Starr’s Point Loop
( Exit 11 off 101 hwy )
Port Williams, NS
Phone: (902) 542-9153

Davison’s Corn Maze
Davison’s Farm
Admission
Open from noon -dusk Saturday & Sunday
Find It: 1119 Falmouth Dyke Road, Falmouth,NS
Phone: 902-798-0283

Cape Breton Corn Mazes

Hanks Farm Market Corn Maze
Hanks Farm Market
$4 pp
Find IT: 581 King Grove Rd
Sydney,NS
Phone:(902) 674-2646

Stay tuned for more frightful activities I’ll blog about during the month of October.
Have your own gory favorites?? Comment with the informations below!

Find Yourself a Romantic Fall Getaway in Nova Scotia

Romantic Getaway

Those long, lazy days are summer are gone. Gone.  All gone.

Although it’s not officially fall, the cooler days make me feel so much more energetic.  Time for routine! Time to get back at it-whatever ‘it’ may be.

Autumn need not be all work and no play, however.How could it be? All those crisp, cool mornings, wooly  sweaters, colorful pumpkins and the smell of wood smoke…sorta make a body want to cuddle up and eat  pie, you know.
I don’t know about the pie,but I do know that when it’s fall in Nova Scotia,the time is ripe for a cozy romantic getaway. I’ve listed a few for you to think about below, and the ones that are *recommended properties are ones I have personally visited and truly enjoyed.

Have at ‘er. If you have favorites of your own,list them in the comments below-and if you do go to any this fall-write and send pictures!

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TrailQuest is the New Game in Town

 

There’s a new game in town.In Kentville, that is and it will be spreading soon to nearby areas.

Trail Quest
The Quest begins!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That game is TrailQuest, a historic scavenger hunt created by young Daniel Duke of Port Williams. Duke recently spent time with his family living in the UK where such  hunts are beloved  by the masses.

I was given an opportunity to test drive Kentville’s version before it hit the market. Naturally, heat hater that I am, I choose the hottest, stickiest day of the summer and set out. From my rough calculations and the help of Map My Run, I figured it was over a 3 km walk to complete all the required walking for the scavenger hunt. So wear some good footwear.

Nope. I won’t give away any of the clues. But I will tell you that it is a great way to discover some historic facts about Kentville which I sure didn’t know. It’s a nice walk, and since it’s self guided, your pace is only dictated by the pace of your fellow hunters (it’s great for families, couples, whatever) and your own gait. (mine is slow) It took me about 2 hours to complete the route. But then again I needed to backtrack one section. (nope, not saying where)

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Stepping Back in Time-Ross Farm Museum

Ross Faem

New Ross is a small community nestled in the heart of southwestern Nova Scotia,  between the Annapolis Valley and South Shore. If you live near here, perhaps you know it- walked a trail, attended one of their Christmas Fairs, or enjoyed a community supper. There’s a very good chance you’ve taken the kiddies to Ross Farm Museum or just stopped in yourself. Even if you’ve been to Ross Farm before, there’s always some event happening, be it a Pumpkin Planting or a Lunenburg County Pudding & Sausage Making Demo, so there is a good reason to drop by Ross Farm. As if you need one.

We didn’t need a reason when we stopped in there recently on our way to Oak Island.

Ross Farm

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60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley

60 Things To Do When it Rains in the Annapolis Valley
Windsor to Annapolis Royal

Annapolis Valley
Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring. Maybe that’s the only thing you think there is to do on a weekend in the Annapolis Valley when it’s raining. I know, I know. We’re hardy folk and think nothing of hiking, swimming and even golfing in the rain.

But there are other options. Like  these

Windsor

Hockey Heritage Museum

Haliburton House Museum

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Facility Tour call:903-798-5841 for info

West Hants Historical Society  Closed Sunday & Monday

Fort Edward National Historic Site

Indoor Pool-Super 8 Hotel (waterslide) when not busy-call 902-792-8887.

Sainte Famille Winery
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Traveling with Grandkids This Summer? 10 Things You Need To Know

traveling with grandkids

Ok,so let’s assume you are not going to be packing a stroller and diapers, nor squeezing your vacation within the two weeks your grandson gets off work-although you could do either of these.
But for the sake of this blog, let’s say these grandkids are old enough to dress themselves-out of diapers and without a driver’s license of their own.

You do know what that means, right? It means  at that age,they will have opinions, expectations and  unique tastes.

Ignore this at your own risk. Seriously.

Now, you may be lucky enough to see your grand babies on a regular basis and from that, you know them pretty well. However, all bets are off when you are on the road.

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Check out Nova Scotia’s National Treasures This Year

On Canada’s 150th  birthday, why not take advantage of the free National Park  Pass and visit as many of these National Parks & Historic Sites in Nova Scotia as you can? Some have special events happening that I wouldn’t mind attending, in fact, I’m putting some of these on my calendar right now.

Cape Breton Island

Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck, Cabot Trail – Plan at least 3 hours to visit. The kid in you may want to take part in Tetrahedral Kite Workshop . $9.60 per kite. May 19 to October 30.


Cape Breton Highlands National Park
-hiking, camping, special events and weekly activities. One event that takes my eye is Learn to Lobster Boil  Wednesdays  from June 21 to the end of Aug. $44 per person. I hope you plan on several days to enjoy this beautiful park.  For access times for the Visitor Centre, click here

Marconi National Historic Site Glace Bay. Plan an hour or so to view the exhibits. Beware the steep cliffs. July 1 to September 4

Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site–  There are tons of daily activities, so -at least an entire day, please….19 and older? You may enjoy  Rum: The Spirit of Louisbourg . Drink, er, I mean taste rum daily from June 1st -Oct 15th $10.80 per person. Open daily from May 22 to October 15. Celebrate Canada"s birthday!

 

 


St. Peters Canal National Historic Site
–  Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenery and interpretive trails at this site. Bring your camera. Allow a couple hours on a pleasant day. Battery Provincial Park is nearby if you’d like to spend a night or two camping. Hours of operation differ according to season-check them here.

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Moi,Creative? Artist for a Day in Halifax

I’m always looking for new activities to write about, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design’s “Artist for a Day”event tweaked my interest.  Held  serendipitously the day before  Mother’s Day, it gives little and big kids alike an opportunity to  create something hand made.  Halifax is a pretty easy city to get around in, but if you aren’t a city driver, hop on Metro Transit and take a loooonng,  leisurely ride from to the downtown core.

 

Artist For a Day
We hopped on the bus, Gus

Artists were set up all along Marginal Road and inside the college. I tried my hand at card making.  People were lined up to try screen printing, black-smithing, charcoal sketching, jewelry making and more….
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Masstown Market-Serving Up Fresh since 1969

 

Masstown Market
Showcasing the local best

Masstown Market,just west of Truro at Exit #12 on the Trans Canada Highway, has been a favorite stopping place  for travelers since 1969.
We’ve been several times, and decided to take a drive up that way Easter Sunday.

The parking lot was packed-even more so than usual. While the garden centre was not yet open, but  as usual there was plenty of gawking to be done. Gift shop, local wines, beer and cider, produce section, deli, bakery and restaurant.
as well as a grocery section.

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