What do you do with seven acres of land and a whole bunch of sweet corn? If you are Murray McNab, you create a corn maze.
This is the 11th year that McNab and his brothers and sisters have operated McNab’s Corn Maze on Yellow Point Road.
Each year, more than 5,000 people visit McNab’s to make their way through the seven-acre corn maze, pick out the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, take a hay ride and pet the friendly farm animals.
“This time of year, we get quite a few school groups and non-profit groups,” noted McNab.
Halloween will be the last day that the maze is open for the season. The maze is open until 9 p.m., and many people like to try to find their way through the maze in the dark.
“I don’t know if we’re doing anything special for Halloween because it gets wetter and wetter,” said McNab. “A lot of it depends on weather.
McNab says they usually start selling pumpkins the weekend of Thanksgiving. He is hoping that next year, they will be open seven days a week throughout October.
The corn maze started because the McNabs had the land.
“We grew up here, and my son had started growing some sweet corn,” explained McNab. “We were just looking for something else to do with the land. We went down and saw the maze in Victoria and saw some on the Internet and thought we’d give it a try.”
McNab changes the theme of the maze every year.
McNab was hurt in an accident this spring, so his brother came up with this year’s maze, which says Mom in the middle to honour their mother , who passed away last year on Oct. 27. The McNabs planned to donate all the proceeds from admissions on Oct. 27 to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation in memory of their mother.
McNab runs the farm with his brothers and sisters, and he says his favourite thing about operating the corn maze is seeing happy children enjoying the farm and the fresh air.
“[It’s] seeing the little kids running around and kids that get to see a little bit about farming,” he said. “If they’re not sitting around a screen, that’s a good thing. Dad passed away a long time ago, but he was always thinking of doing something where kids could come and see us.”
McNab’s Corn Maze can be found at 4695 Yellow Point Rd. For more information, call 250-245-0666.