The North Okanagan is in full harvest season right now. With Thanksgiving and Halloween approaching, there are lots of pumpkins available locally. Going to a pumpkin patch to pick out your own pumpkins is a wonderful Fall activity. Whether you’re looking for a small family farm, a tractor-powered tour, or an organic option, it’s available in the North Okanagan. Check out these Okanagan pumpkin patch locations!
1. The Armstrong Pumpkin Patch
Now this really is the quintessential pumpkin patch! The Armstrong Pumpkin Patch is located in the countryside between Vernon and Armstrong on a family farm. If you are looking for a truck full of reasonably-priced, orange jack-o-lantern style pumpkins, complete with the small farm experience, this is the place. Bring cash to pay for your pumpkins and clear out lots of space in the trunk! You might end up with more pumpkins than you planned for, as well as a few gourds, squash, and decorative corn stalks.
Days: October 1-31
Hours: Dawn til Dusk
Address: 642 St. Anne’s Road, Armstrong, BC
2. Davison Orchards Country Village
The Davison Orchards pumpkin patch has all the bells and whistles. It’s pretty much the theme park of pumpkin patches in our area. This will probably be the most expensive pumpkin patch experience on this list, but it is definitely the only one where your child can meet the Pumpkin Princess! Davison Orchards also includes a bakery, large gift shop, farm market, playground, and small animal viewing corral (which is free).
Visitors cannot drive to the pumpkin patch. A tour is available from the orchard for a fee ($4 for the ride only, $9 to pick one pumpkin). Visitors are transported in adorable orchard crate carts, pulled by a John Deere tractor, to the orchard’s pumpkin patch. Additional pumpkins are available for sale at the farm market. The pumpkins on the tour are the orange jack-o-lantern type, but there are many other varieties available at the market, including the ever-popular white ghost pumpkins, the tiny mini pumpkins, and many types of delicious culinary pumpkins.
Days: Weekends, Holidays, and Tuesdays in October (see list of dates here)
Hours: Varies, generally 10 AM – 4 PM (see hours for individual dates here)
Address: 3111 Davison Road, Vernon, BC
3. Green Croft Farms
The organic, low-key option for a pumpkin patch experience is Green Croft Gardens, a Certified Organic family farm. Green Croft operates a pumpkin patch on the honour system. You pick your own pumpkins and then place your cash into a little un-manned booth. They offer many different kinds of pumpkins, including larger ghost pumpkins than available elsewhere, and also the beautiful, rich, red cinderella pumpkins. This is also the only location I’ve found selling scarified pumpkins, which have messages written in the pumpkin’s skin. Bring cash, and note that the pumpkin patch is located approximately 2 km from the main farm store (near the intersection of Meadowview Road and Riverbend Road).
Days: End of September – End of October
Hours: Dawn til Dusk
Address: 42 Meadowview Road, Grindrod, BC