With a shared love for agriculture and backgrounds in farming, owner Mark Muchka and his wife Deanna opened the maze in 2008 on the outskirts of southeast Calgary.
Although the Corn Maze opens for the season in June, Muchka said they usually attract more visitors in October, when they host their annual month-long Autumn Pumpkin Festival.
“On a weekend day [in October], if the weather is co-operating, we see anywhere between 3,000 to 5,000 people,” said Muchka.
In addition to the regular attractions, the Autumn Pumpkin Festival features mini-pumpkin decorating, pumpkin bowling, and the Great Pumpkin Explosion.
However, if your intent is to visit the maze while it’s in peak condition, Muchka recommends visiting mid-to-late August when the corn is at its maximum height and full density.
“The corn is actually shorter and less dense in October than what it is earlier in the season,” said Muchka, noting the maze’s average October height of 8.5 feet.
“In August, it’s green and thick like a jungle. But as fall weather sets in, the corn actually shrinks in size.”
Nonetheless, as long as the corn is over five feet tall, Muchka said maze-goers will have difficulty determining which path of the maze to take.
The Calgary Corn Maze also offers a wide variety of other farm activities that are family-oriented, yet fun for all guests.
“We have lots of playground activities for younger kids and stuff for all ages as well,” said Muchka, referring to attractions like the new miniature ride-able train, mini-golf, a potato sack slide and pedal karts.
One of the most popular attractions is the Jumping Pillows: Large, air-filled pillows that provide a unique bouncing experience for trampoline lovers.
“Our animals are another big hit,” said Muchka.
“Everybody loves animals.”
The petting zoo, which allows guests to pet, hold, and feed the animals, is home to ducks, bunnies, goats, sheep, miniature ponies, miniature donkeys, and pigs.
James Darker, a seasonal staff member, said he works throughout the maze and the Fun Farm, but his favourite part of the job is working with the animals.
“I probably like the goats the best,” said Darker.
“They’re really cute.”
Starting Friday evenings in late September, the Calgary Corn Maze hosts Flashlight Nights.
The difficult maze becomes even trickier after dark when guests use only a flashlight to navigate through the corn.
Sarah Walker has attended Flashlight Nights the past two years.
“I’ve never been during the day so I’m not sure how it compares, but it is a lot of fun doing the maze in the dark,” said Walker.
“There are definitely activities to entertain all ages [at the Calgary Corn Maze] and all sorts of things to do besides the maze.”