Canadians’ love of pumpkins is well known. No matter what province you’re from, a pumpkin festival is celebrated everywhere.
Here are the top picks for where to get the greatest gourds and prettiest pumpkins this autumn.
1. Smoky Lake’s Great White North Pumpkin Fair
Smoky Lake is a little Alberta town, situated about 90 minutes northeast of Edmonton. The love for pumpkins of this town is so much that it erected a year-round tribute to them. You should visit this town at the annual festival where you can find pumpkins that starts around noon. But if you’ll wait around until 5:30 pm, as you can watch a giant pumpkin of over 1,000 lbs dropped from a crane onto a car.
2. Armstrong’s Harvest Pumpkin Festival
In Armstrong, British Columbia will start with a pancake breakfast, followed by pumpkin weigh-ins. Using homemade catapults, trebuchets, and, slingshots, teams would have to hit a target using basketball-sized pumpkins. The real heroes here are the Armstrong Girl Guides, who have been given the task of cleaning up the field post-launch.
3. Upper Canada Village Pumpkinferno
Here you won’t see pumpkins aflame, but rather carefully lit from within by candles. You can watch the beautiful sight of 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins glowing along a kilometer-long path in a 19th-century setting. It will leave you feeling happy for the shorter days and darker nights.
4. Black Fox Distillery’s Pumpkin Smash Fundraiser
Saskatoon’s Black Fox Distillery conducts several autumn-themed events (including its pick-your-own pumpkin event every weekend entire September). But the most famous of all is the Pumpkin Smash Fundraiser. At this festival, thousands of people gather to watch three giant pumpkins stuffed with piñata-style goodies dropped from 100 feet onto a car.
5. Port Elgin’s Pumpkinfest
This event is held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, Port Elgin, Ontario and markets its pumpkin festival as “one-of-a-kind” and “unique.” In this festival, the highlight, of course, is the giant pumpkins that are there on display, but another famous event is the celebrity seed-spitting contest.
These are some of the most popular pumpkin festivals where you could find giant pumpkins along with many other attractions.