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    TOP    News :  Regional:  The Back Fence       

The Back Fence

Ontario Corn Maze


It started out as a project in commemoration of Ernst and Nelly Hofer's 20th Anniversary and their respective 40th birthdays. The end result? A giant corn maze which is now headed for the Guiness Book of Records.

The Corn Maze incorporates the Ontario Coat of Arms and the maple leaves are filled with sunflowers and stalks of corn.

Nelly tells how the maze was built to give the people visiting and families a chance to come out to the country and enjoy the morning or afternoon together The maze takes approx. 40 minutes (50-60 if you get lost) and has been set up to be a fun experience. The rows between the corn are wide and comfortable to walk through.

For those a bit more daring, you can opt to see the maze from above by plane at a cost of $28 for two.

For teens, on Saturday nights, flashlights are proided and they can go through the maze in the dark, with the facilities closing at midnight.

There is something to do for every age. There is a playground with lots of picnic tables and interesting elements for the younger kids to enjoy.

Inside the barn you'll be amazed at the history developed in illustrating the use of corn and sunflowers. Here you will also find great recipe books, pickled corn and even children's books.

This 3.5 kn phenomenon is a grand opportunitiy for moms, dads, grandparents and kids of all ages to hone their orientation skills for a good laugh and a great day in the country.

This is a wonderful educational opportunity and the Hofers are now being contacted by schools to arrange bus trips for their students. Displays have been designed with various grades in mind. As well there are signposts throughout the maze with agricultural questions and answers which keep the kids running from sign to sign.

When asked if they would do it again, Nelly hesitates for a moment saying "it is a tremendous amount of work, but we are considering it because of the tremendous joy we have had in building it and in seeing the faces of the many families that keep coming out."

There are also great bakeries and other places to visit in the immediate area which Ernst and Nelly enthusiastically steer you to.

A 25 minute drive from Guelph - north on #86 to Perth Road 121 - turn left, until you reach line 80 and then left on Road 128 until you come to the Hoffer's farm! A beautiful drive through Mennonite country.

Check out Maize sites:
Cornfield Maze - over 200 North American maze sites

Ken Russell - Publisher

The Back Fence
Guelph, Ontario, CANADA

 

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