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A Rainy Day at Saunders Farm

Saunders Farm is a bit of an “must do” experience in these parts. While our family almost always makes a visit during the Christmas season to pick a tree, the Fall Festival is actually the Farm’s most popular time of year. This festival has been running for 21 years and during this season Saunders Farms has up to 165 employees on board to help make it happen.

Despite the rainy day, we made the drive out to Saunders Farm yesterday and met up with a group of friends. In total, there were eight kids, ranging from age 10 right down to age three. And every single one of them had a blast!

The Farm has built a number of fantastic play structures in wood for kids. Here, the mateys can play on the pirate ship!

@coffeewithjulie Pirate Ship at Saunders Farm

There are plenty of stands with a full variety of drinks and snacks, as well as a large indoor eating area. But this was Stella’s favourite!

@coffeewithjulie Fudge Shack at Saunders Farm

A great deal of time was spent running full-speed through the mazes. I think there were five mazes in total … I lost track! Due to the rainy weather, some muddy wipe-outs took place. Thankfully it wasn’t any of the adults though.

@coffeewithjulie Running in Mazes at Saunders Farm

There was also an excellent bit of theater. The actors were clearly well-trained and put on such an entertaining show. Although, I have to admit my favourite part of the show was when they broke into a Gangnam Style dance!

@coffeewithjulie Theater at Saunders Farm

The piece de resistance for the kids is to finish off the day by going on the infamous Haunted Hay Ride. It’s spooky and fun … but it’s the mild “day time” version for younger kids, not the super spooky version that comes out after dark. But don’t tell that to these kids who were so scared that they were ducking and covering both their eyes and ears – ha! (No nightmares were had last night, thankfully.)

However, the piece de resistance for me was going back to my girlfriend Jacqueline‘s place and sitting in front of the fire with a nice glass of Australian shiraz.

@coffeewithjulie Good friends good times

How about you … have you been able to make the best of this rainy, dreary weather? If you’re from the Ottawa area, did you make it out to Saunders Farm this year?


  1. My hubby used to dress up like a skeleton and wander around playing accordion at Saunders Farm!  Can’t wait to go back there once we have kids – it looks like you had a great time!

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