For the past fourteen years, Leduc and area residents know when fall is approaching as that is when the Amazing Corn Maze begins to welcome visitors. From early August until Thanksgiving, people have the opportunity to wander for an hour or more among the field of seven-foot tall corn. The corn grows tall because it is designed to be cattle feed. The plant concentrates on growing tall as opposed to developing a cob. The cobs themselves are bitter and chalky tasting to humans, but just right for cattle.
Phil Hein and his wife Kerri decided in 2001 that a corn maze might be a good way to supplement the farm’s income while providing an interesting activity for families. Each year they use their experience to add to the maze and to keep the maze fresh from one year to the next.
Each year a new message is cut into the cornfield in the spring. This is done with the use of GPS and a lawn mower when the corn is barely 12 inches high. The maze generally covers 11 acres, and takes from an hour to an hour and a half to walk and to solve the message that lies within the maze. You are given a list of questions at the beginning and when you reach each of ten marked points, you answer the question. If you answer correctly, it will help guide you in the right direction.
The maze is for anyone that likes to walk and solve puzzles. The farm also has an area where children have an opportunity to see some of the farm animals that include baby goats and llamas. Families can also take advantage of the horseshoe pit, a play area for children, and a picnic area in which they can enjoy sitting around a campfire with marshmallows, hot dogs and popcorn!
The maze is open daily until September, when it will start closing on Mondays. There is an entry fee for those two years or older. Visitors are encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations for the Leduc & District Food Bank.
The Maze is located eight minutes south of Leduc City on Highway 2A and two minutes east on TWP 484.