It's time to get excited Montreal, because we have the ultimate summer day trip lined up for you.
Have you ever seen those gigantic labyrinths in the movies and thought to yourself: "I could escape that, no problem."
Well now's your chance to put your survival skills to the test by losing yourself in a massive corn maze.
Less than half an hour drive from Montreal you'll find Le Verger Labonté. Not only do they have apple picking, they also have treasure hunts, pumpkin picking in the fall, outdoor games, picnics and of course labyrinths.
Don't feel like getting lost all day? Luckily the orchard has 3 different sizes and difficulties of labyrinths.
There's the small fenced-in maze for the younger crowd, where adventurers hunt for lost objects.
The medium maze offers a slightly tougher challenge and lasts about 20 minutes.
The final and largest maze is toughest challenge of all and can take up to 90 minutes to complete.
The layouts vary every year, so you never know what they'll have in store for us this year. Here are some of the layouts we've seen in the past.
Warwick is a small town just a couple of hours outside of Montreal in the Centre-du-Québec region. Located at the foot of the Appalachians, Warwick has plenty of breathtaking sights to see. The town also has an adorable city centre with antique shops and historical tours.
Saint-Zénon is a picturesque community in the Lanaudière region located on the edge of the Mastigouche Wildlife Reserve. The region is one of the best-preserved natural landscapes in the province, dotted with small lakes and waterfalls. It's around 2.5 hours from Montreal.
Frelighsburg is a historic village in the Eastern Townships around 1.5 hours from Montreal. Not only does this sleepy town have some truly spectacular natural landscapes, but also some lovingly preserved architectural heritage.
If you're a Quebec metalhead, you're probably quite familiar with Montebello. Whether you like metal or not, you'll definitely enjoy the quaint and sleepy town which just so happens to have one of the most prestigious hotels in the world.
One of the farthest places from Montreal on this list is also one of the most beautiful. Located at the entryway of the Saguenay peninsula, L'Anse-Saint-Jean is an absolutely spectacular small town with scenic views. If you have a chance, you must visit!
Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your trip.
There are plenty of places to wander amongst the corn stalks near Montreal — both during the day and after dark. Whether you're looking for a wholesome family activity or a Halloween-inspired fright night that'll make you scream in terror, there's something for everyone.
Many farms have online reservation systems while others don't require reservations, so check the websites thoroughly before heading out!
Price: $8 per adult during regular hours or $15 per adult on Friday nights
When: The farm's opening hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays or 7 p.m. on weekends. For Friday nights at the farm, doors open at 6 p.m. and the last departure is at 9 p.m. with the site closing at 11 p.m.
Address: 7901, ave. Marcel-Villeneuve, Laval, QC
Why You Need To Go: This cornfield is 3.5 hectares – the equivalent of five football fields — and the maze brings you into the heart of it. You could check it out during the day, but adrenaline junkies looking for a fear factor will want to go Friday night when the labyrinth stays open after dark.
The price of your ticket also gets you access to bonus activities like tractor rides, u-pick sunflowers and zinnias fields, campfires with marshmallows, and a mini animal farm, depending on when you go.
Why You Need To Go: Thie farm has not one, not two, but THREE corn mazes to explore, each fitting this year's theme: London 1886, mysteries and investigations. "This season, take to the streets of 1880s Victorian London with Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson," the website describes.
In addition to the mazes, and outdoor investigation games for all ages, there's also a separate murder mystery game you can take part in.
Your ticket includes access to the corn mazes, farmhouse, picnic area, tractor rides, apple picking area (bag of apples excluded in the price) and more.
When: Friday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Address: 30, Montée des Quarante-Deux, Sainte-Julie, QC
Why You Need To Go: According to the Labyrinthe Galaxie website, it has "one of the largest outdoor mazes in the world" with a total area of 48 acres — the equivalent of about 20 rugby fields. The gigantic corn maze in the heart of Ste-Julie offers four different options for landscaped trails: 1 km, 2 km, 3 km, or 5 km.
"The most seasoned scout in you is bound to get lost in this colossal maze," the website says. "Feeling corny will never have felt so good!"
When: Wednesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (last entry at 4:15 p.m.)
Address: 1305, ch. Laliberté Rawdon, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: The 6-hectare cornfield has around 8 km of trails cut into it — all designed, according to the website, "to make you lose the north." The current edition has a cinema theme but will be decorated for Halloween throughout the month of October.
When: 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays (but hours do vary depending on the day so check website for details)
Address: 560 69e Avenue Saint-Zotique, QC
Why You Need To Go: This place is Halloween heaven or, as the website calls it, "the most original pumpkin village!" Not only do you get access to a corn maze, but there are also houses made of pumpkins, a u-pick pumpkin patch, and multiple fall photo booths where you can snap the perfect Insta shot. The idea of the corn maze is to find King Corn, the master of the maze, who will guide you on your journey.
When: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 24
Address: 63 Main St. W., Vankleek Hill, ON
Why You Need To Go: The 7-acre corn maze is Walt Disney World themed this year, in honour of the Orlando amusement park's 50th anniversary. If a trip to Florida isn't possible right now, why not take these mazes for a spin? The labyrinth can be completed in three different ways so you get to choose your own adventure.
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. & Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (between September 24 and October 30)
Address: 11, rang du Trait-Carré, Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, QC
Why You Need To Go: This giant corn maze is decorated for Halloween and turns haunted at night. Your ticket gets you access to the whole site. In addition to the labyrinth, there are sunflower trails, pumpkins and squash fields. Bring on the fall fun!
Each Friday night, starting at 6 p.m., you can test your courage by getting lost among the winding corn stalks.
The cornfield is 3.5 hectares – the equivalent of five football fields — and the maze brings you into the heart of it. So you'll need to be brave as you navigate many twists and turns with only a flashlight to guide you.
After you've been found your way out of the corn maze and had the fright of your life, you can wind down with a fire and marshmallows that are included in the price of your ticket.
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.