Ever since I discovered the Vermont Corn Maze one autumn day many years ago, I’ve been looking around for a solid corn maze to venture into in the Toronto area. Having experienced the poor excuse for a corn maze (i.e. too tiny) and the 5 to 10 acre ones, I sought out something really substantial and then I came across Hanes Corn Maze, which was 20 acres!
Eventually, I rounded up enough friends who dared to step into the maze with me just before the last week of October. They weren’t really willing to tackle it at night so it was just a day trip that started off with picking up everyone along the way.
We had arrived around 11 or so in the morning and it was exciting just to drive up to the lot. My friends were already gushing from seeing the giant wall of corn in front of us. To walk the corn maze and visit the farm animals cost us about $11.50 (CDN) per person which wasn’t bad at all.
As we paid to get into the maze, we were given a clipboard with a map. I had not realized it but there was a scavenger hunt with a puzzle to solve. It would make sense considering I could simply walk out of the maze pretty easily.
The gist of the scavenger hunt is this:
On the map of the corn maze, there are fields under the checkpoints where a participant has to jot down a code. Each code is revealed if you can locate the checkpoint. Once you collect all the codes — you exit the maze and try and solve the puzzle.
The tricky part is that not all the checkpoints are revealed on the map. Some are hidden away!
I have to say that the scavenger hunt was a lot tougher than I anticipated. A couple of my friends were beginning to give up because we were circling around trying to find the right checkpoints butkept encountering the ones we had already found. Using the map was actually making it confusing at times because of where we thought we were in the corn maze.
Eventually we began using the very edge of the corn maze as reference points and made it out — to some degree. There were a lot of families, teenagers, and kids who approached us about trading checkpoint codes, some were in the maze for 2 or 3 hours! I’ll leave that to your discretion. We only spent 1 and 1/2 hours thanks to our willingness to exchange a couple of codes.
After the maze, we were able to solve the puzzle and claim a small prize. Nothing major but it was nevertheless fun to achieve. Our eyes were however, trained on the bakery. It was a very small space and there were so many people lining up to pick up a pie or some other sweet goodies. I picked up a nice apple pie myself and a chocolate overload square (which was amazing).
This was only part of the day’s adventure! Hanes Corn Maze is quite close to the Spencer Gorge Wilderness area where there are a couple of nice waterfalls and we eventually satisfied our hunger at the Thirsty Cactus, a local pub and grill in the town of Dundas.