Getting lost can be fun.
Just ask visitors who have temporarily lost their way at Meadows Maze.
The Pitt Meadows corn maze and activity facility, owned by Bob and Debbie Hopcott, is now phasing from summer to fall hours.
Until Oct. 14, Meadows Maze is open Monday and Thursday to schools and groups by appointment only, and to the general public Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Using a Global Positioning System (GPS), Meadows Maze’s 17-acre field of corn is transformed into a maze design. The design is different each year and incorporates two mazes with more than 6.3 kilometres of maze trails cut into nearly one million stalks of corn.
The average time to do the maze is one-and-a-half hours for each maze. The record time is 35 minutes.
“We’ve grown corn on here for 21 years,” Debbie said. “The previous owner sold us the land.”
Bob and Debbie researched corn mazes on the Internet then attended a corn maze conference in Wisconsin in 1999.
“We had four kids, they were teenagers, it was something for them to do, and all their friends, and that’s what we did,” Debbie said.
“We built it and got their friends all here, working.”
Since Meadows Maze opened in 2000, the Hopcott children (two boys, two girls) have all grown up.
In fact, Bob and Debbie’s youngest son, 27-year-old Brad, runs the maze.
The couple’s daughter-in-law Sarah, who is married to their other son Travis, has a hand in running the operation, as well.
“They’re taking over,” Debbie said. “They’re doing a really good job.”
The years haven’t taken away any of the corn maze’s appeal.
“It’s such a fun activity,” Debbie said.
“We searched on the Internet in Vancouver: where can kids go, with families to do an interactive activity? There really isn’t anything. It’s popular because it’s something to do as a family.”
Three mazes test different skill levels, with one designed for small kids.
Another features a new game this year, farm scene investigation (FSI), which revolves around who kidnapped Farmer Joe (“all the animals of the maze this year are the culprits,” Debbie noted).
The traditional maze features 12 stations.
Those who happen to get a little disorientated don’t need to panic, Debbie stressed.
“It [the traditional maze] is not that big, plus… we have ‘corn cops’ who are out there, finding them,” Debbie said.
There are plenty of other attractions for those who don’t want to navigate through the corn mazes.
Among the things to do at Meadows Maze are pig races, a petting zoo, Meadows Mountain, Corny’s hay pile, a bee observatory, a hay wagon ride, a barrel train, and a maze train.
Meadows Maze is just one aspect of Hopcott Farms. The corn is harvested and part of the operation is cattle, which supplies the farm’s meat shop.
“That’s my husband’s first love, is the cattle,” Debbie said.
Meadows Maze is very popular with school groups. Debbie said, the maze will see between five and six schools come through each day.
Meadows Maze is located at 13672 Reichenbach Rd. in Pitt Meadows. Visit meadowsmaze.com or call 604-460-0603.
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