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Corn Maze. ©Julia Pelish Photography

13 Days of Halloween, No. 5: Spooky corn mazes in Manitoba

Scary corn mazes in Winnipeg – No one fears potato fields, but the ominous potential of a corn maze can fill the whole horizon. Rustling leaves, dark shadows and stalks like stakes poking up into the night sky. Whoever first came up with the idea of corn mazes figured out just how spooky fields of corn stalks can seem when you’re stuck and can’t find your way out.

At Amaze in Corn  just outside of Winnipeg in St. Adolphe, Manitoba, a haunted forest in the corn maze has been set up this Halloween and at Boonstra Farms, about a half hour drive from Winnipeg, their large Halloween Maze features a Tower of Terror complete with a fog and light show.

In Winnipeg, there are other spooky sights worth visiting this Halloween. At the Saint-Boniface Museum, Winnipeg’s oldest building first built in 1845, they like to repeat Il n’y a pas de fantômes (There are no ghosts.) The building was once western Canada’s first hospital, orphanage, school and seniors home. Louis Riel, who was a student at the school, is buried in the nearby cemetery. As if all that isn’t enough reason to suspect the building is haunted, consider also the mysterious sounds of singing nuns.

Another eerie place is Hamilton House on Henderson Highway, the former home of Thomas Glendenning Hamilton, a doctor and politician from the early part of the 20th century who held thousands of seances at his residence. One of those who attended a seance at Hamilton House was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. After arriving in Winnipeg, Conan Doyle, a spiritualist, remarked: “I came away with the conclusion that Winnipeg stands very high among the places we have visited for its psychic possibilities.”

Halloween Countdown in Canada
Day 4: Frightening Fort York

Day 3: The bloody Plains of Abraham
Day 2: Ghostly Edmonton
Day 1: Regina’s haunted Government House


Vicky is the worldly publisher of Vacay.ca. Having graduated from McGill University in Montreal, she has set about building a talented team of travel experts to deliver to you words and images of the very best places to see and experience in Canada. Based in Yorkville in Toronto, Vicky regularly jet sets around Canada — be sure to catch up with her when she's in your part of the country.

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