Nanaimo-area corn maze turns into Island tradition

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WatchA popular October tradition is drawing generations of Islanders to a Nanaimo area farm. McNab's Corn Maze has been running for nearly 20 years and as Skye Ryan reports, the family running it hopes to keep sharing the farm for decades to come.

The rumbling tractors, squeals of happy children and a very well fed pet pig named “Pumbaa,” are drawing in thousands for another year at McNabs Corn Maze and pumpkin patch just outside Nanaimo.

“I like the pumpkin patch,” said seven-year-old Celia Rose Charles.

“It’s my favourite place to go.”

Since 2002 McNab’s has become a must-do on many families pre-Halloween lists.

Farm co-owner Murray McNab said he’s glad his parent’s family farm has been able to continue on like this.

“I think they’d be pleased with that,” said Murray McNab.

“Because a lot of young families come out and even when it’s muddy, they seem to love the mud.”

Attendance at the agri-tourism farm has been record-breaking year after year, and in 2019, as many as 18,000 are expected to take in the timeless fun down on the farm.

“It’s great to get these kids out of a remote community,” said visitor Peter Amos Sr.

“We’re from Nitinat Lake and its nice for us to get all these kids and come out to a corn maze.”

“And a lot of people are coming now that came here as kids,” said McNab.

“Now they’re bringing their kids.”

The McNab’s plan to keep running the corn maze and pumpkin patch for many years to come.

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