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05 Oct, 2017

Ottawa giveaway alert: win tickets to Saunders Farm!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: - Ottawa for kids|Easy ways to make kids happy|Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

It’s October out there, but it certainly hasn’t exactly felt like it, has it? I, for one, have been in my happy place, weatherwise. I feel so energized! This weather makes me want to go out and DO IT ALL. It’s the perfect time to get outside and catch up on family time! Not too hot, not too cold, and NO BUGS. (Well, flying, biting bugs anyway.)

I am very happy to bring you the latest news AND a giveaway from Fishbowl patron, Saunders Farm.

Saunders 26th haunting season features the largest new attraction in five years. It’s called THE COVEN (I honestly got goosebumps typing this out right now) and it’s a witch-themed indoor and outdoor experience in which thrill-seekers explore a swamp, a forest, and an old witch’s house. (CUE, THE SHIVERS) The Coven will be open during the daytime as a Witches Village and at night as a full-blown Haunt.

There is a lot of other new stuff going on too:

  • The Canada 150 Corn Maze. The corn maze attraction is in a four-acre field and features games, puzzles and an impressive observation bridge. Check out this video of the maze (or should it be maize – haha!) but make sure you watch to the end. It will blow your mind.
  • Bunnyville: an adorable bunny-filled town. I repeat. BUNNY.TOWN.
  • An all-new puppet show written and produced by Ottawa’s off-Broadway New York star, Ben Durocher.
  • A new original stage show called “Archie in Love”
  • New street theatre shows around the Farm
  • Two new jumping pillows! Saunders replaced both pillows and I’m told the new ones are extra bouncy!
  • New expanded pedal cart track
  • **Expanded routes** on the daytime and nighttime Haunted Hayride (a favourite of ours!)
  • A very rare Friday the 13th eeks-travaganza!

Thanks to Saunders, I have two pairs of admission tickets to give away to TWO lucky winners. You have one week to enter because I want to make sure you get them before Friday the 13th. :)

  • This giveaway is for two pairs of tickets and will be awarded to two different winners.
  • In order for your entry to qualify, let me know (a) if you’ve been to Saunders before and (b) the first thing you’re going to do once you get there if you win.
  • One entry per email address please!
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • I will draw one name using Random.org at noon EST on October 12, 2017. I’ll contact the winners via email, who can pick up their tickets at the Saunders ticket office. The name of the winners will be posted here as well. So please check back!

This is not part of the entry, but I really recommend you subscribe to the Saunders Farm e-newsletter. It’s a great way to find out about ticket deals and special events!

Over to you. Good luck! Happy Thanksgiving! And happy haunting!

78 Responses to "Ottawa giveaway alert: win tickets to Saunders Farm!"

1 | Ar

October 5th, 2017 at 4:35 pm


Yes, I have been, but not for several years now. Would love to go back to Saunders farm and go on the haunted hayride

2 | Brenda A

October 5th, 2017 at 9:24 pm


We have not been for quite a few years as it’s on the pricey side. We have never been during the Halloween season but I pour over their website at this time of year!

I remember loving the mazes and the jumping pillows!!

3 | Lynn

October 5th, 2017 at 9:35 pm


Awesome place – we did our 10th daughter’s birthday there, right before halloween. We need to go again, but I want to go to bunny town!

4 | Leacy O'Brien

October 5th, 2017 at 9:42 pm


We had a wonderful time there on the weekend with our grandsons. We’d go again anytime!

5 | Meg

October 5th, 2017 at 9:44 pm


We’ve been before, but only once for Halloween’s. would love to go again!

6 | Leacy O'Brien

October 5th, 2017 at 9:45 pm


And this time we’d take in the shows & the Witches Village. As always, the Haunted Hayride did not disappoint and the boys really loved feeding the bunnies.

7 | Shannon

October 5th, 2017 at 9:59 pm


I have been to Saunder’s Farm before but not for at least 10 years! The first thing that I would do is check out the Canada 150 corn maze. It looks like so much fun!

8 | Rebwcca

October 5th, 2017 at 10:28 pm


We’ve been to Saunders before! The kids will want to go on the giant pillows and bunny town!

9 | Wendy Hickman

October 6th, 2017 at 1:36 am


I would take my little Grandaughter Lillian as I took my 14 yr old Grandaughter many times
Definatly want to see the Bunnies???

10 | Mary Jaekl

October 6th, 2017 at 7:20 am


I have never been as my kids are quite small and we thought it sounded too intense. But bunnies sound pretty awesome as does the maze.

11 | Sherri

October 6th, 2017 at 7:34 am


We haven’t been there in years but would love to go back. Sounds like the first stop for my girls would be the Bunnytown!

12 | Angela M

October 6th, 2017 at 8:04 am


We use to go at Halloween but now go to their farm dinners. My kids now go on their own every year for Halloween. Although I’m a chicken, I’d really like to check out the cemetery scare zone.

13 | andrea tomkins

October 6th, 2017 at 10:38 am


This entry is being posted on behalf of Tara Ouchterlony:

“We have never been to Saunders Farm. The first thing we’d do (after assigning our meeting spot, in case of separation) is dash to a corn maize, the kids are desperate to try one!”

14 | Michelle

October 6th, 2017 at 11:55 am


Hi-yes I went to Saunders Farms during Haunting Season for my first time last year! The first thing I will do is the haunted hayride :).

15 | joy

October 6th, 2017 at 12:50 pm


I have been to Saunders before. The first thing I would do is jump on the bouncy pillow (is it still open?) or, buy and eat some fudge… thanks for the chance :) Happy Halloween!

16 | Amber

October 6th, 2017 at 6:34 pm


I have been to Saunders before. The first thing I would do would be to try amd get through the maze with my girl. :)

17 | kathy

October 7th, 2017 at 1:12 pm


Never been to saunders before! Would love to see Bunny town!

18 | Jonah Lusby

October 7th, 2017 at 1:17 pm


I’d love a good fright this October! Saunders farm is an annual tradition for me and I always visit the barn of terror first!

19 | Kyra Blake

October 7th, 2017 at 1:19 pm


I have been to Saunders Farm a couple times in the past. The first thing I will do if I win the tickets is get a cinnamon and sugar beaver tail. :)

21 | Connie Paris

October 9th, 2017 at 6:55 pm


We’ve only been once, but the bouncy pillows were a huuuge hit, so I’m guessing that’s where we’d head first!

22 | Connie Paris

October 9th, 2017 at 6:56 pm


We’ve only been once but for sure we’d head straight to the bouncy pillows!

23 | Jenn

October 9th, 2017 at 8:02 pm


I haven’t been in a few years so would love to check out all the new (and old) attractions with my kids who are older now and might be ready for the haunted hayride…and the corn maze….and the new bouncier pillows!!

24 | Jan

October 9th, 2017 at 10:02 pm


I’ve been before but many years ago now and always with kids. I’ve always thought it would be fun night for the adults to have some fun! Highlights will be the maze and the haunted hayride!!

25 | Jennifer

October 10th, 2017 at 10:24 am


I visited Saunders farm several years ago, but have been wanting to take the kids! I think they would head straight for the jumping pillows and play structure! Thanks. :)

26 | Emily

October 10th, 2017 at 10:26 am


I am fairly new to Ottawa and have never been to Saunders Farm but as soon as I heard about the Fright fest I knew I had to check it out! The first place I would head to would be The Coven or Zombie Paintball!

27 | Tracy

October 10th, 2017 at 10:45 am


I have been to Saunders many times and the haunting season is my favourite time of year to go. First thing we do when we get there is get in line for the haunted hayride – always a fn and memorable time.

28 | Jess

October 10th, 2017 at 10:45 am


We’ve never been! I’m sure the kids would love it. We’d have to check out bunny town first!

29 | Grace

October 10th, 2017 at 11:00 am


I went years ago prior to having kids. I’d love to go back with them now. We’d likely hit up the maze first as they love running around.

30 | Alicia Robblee

October 10th, 2017 at 11:07 am


I have never been to Saunders Farm!! I would love to take my 3 year old. He is crazy about Halloween this year. The first thing we would do is check out the jumping pads. I’ve seen pics online and it looks like so much fun!!

31 | Samantha h

October 10th, 2017 at 11:08 am


I went when I was little over 10 years ago. First thing I would go on is the hayride. I remember there was a dinosaur in the bushes and then people chasing the back with chainsaws.

32 | Jennifer van der schee

October 10th, 2017 at 11:13 am


It’s been about 7 years since we went to Saunder’s Farm, but this year we have a spainish exchange student living with us, so she’s never been, of course.
Bunny town? I love bunnies!! That would be the first place I would go. The others can run around the maze, but I’ll just hang out with the bunnies, thank you very much.

33 | Jenny

October 10th, 2017 at 11:14 am


Yes, I’ve been to Saunders Farm, that haunted hay ride was memorable eek! on my next visit, I’d head straight to the jumping pillows.

34 | Elise M

October 10th, 2017 at 11:24 am


I have never been, but the haunted hayride has always sounded like a lot of fun to me!! Fun contest!

35 | Dawn

October 10th, 2017 at 11:42 am


Yes, we have been before and lived it! We somehow have missed the shores each time due to rain or cranky kids, so that’s what we do first!

36 | LK

October 10th, 2017 at 11:56 am


I’ve never been to Saunders farm before but would love to go! I’d start with the corn maze and then have a bounce on the bouncy pillows – sounds like so much fun!

37 | Lil

October 10th, 2017 at 11:59 am


Never been before but love the idea of hanging out with a bunch of bunnies! I’m always up for a cuddle. And then a scare on the haunted hayride. Then back for a bunny cuddle… you know.. to recover from the scare :)

38 | Andrew S

October 10th, 2017 at 12:02 pm


I have great memories of Saunders Farm as a kid! I’d love to see how its changed.

39 | Christie M

October 10th, 2017 at 12:13 pm


I have never been to Saunders Farm but would to take my family. The first thing we would try would be the bouncy pillows – then most definitely the Bunny Town.

40 | Melanie Rushworth

October 10th, 2017 at 1:06 pm


I’ve never been to Saunders Farm. I would like to try the maze.

41 | Vhari

October 10th, 2017 at 1:15 pm


Hello. My family and I have never been before. If we were to win the first thing that we would do would be the daytime haunted wagon ride.

Thanks :)

42 | Barbara Dundas

October 10th, 2017 at 1:21 pm


Timehop reminded me over the weekend that we’d been a couple years ago and that my daughter had tried the coffin ride. (You couldn’t pay me enough.) My first stop would be the stage show.

43 | Chantal Forsyth

October 10th, 2017 at 1:47 pm


I have never been to Saunders Farm, I would like to go check it out and see it with my daughter

44 | Tiana

October 10th, 2017 at 3:47 pm


I have never been but I’ve wanted to bounce on those pillow things for ages. AGES!

45 | Natalie Finlay

October 10th, 2017 at 3:49 pm


I would love to get spooked at Saunders. The haunted hayride is the first on the list. I haven’t been.

46 | Hollan

October 10th, 2017 at 4:05 pm


BUNNY TOWN! My little gal turns 1 on Halloween. Seems like a fitting place to take her to enjoy some fall/Halloween themed fun. I’ve been once before with residents from the group home I work at and it’s a blast :)

47 | Anna

October 10th, 2017 at 6:34 pm


How do I say this – we’ve lived in Ottawa for over 20 years, and raised our 15-year old son here. We have NEVER been to Saunders! Yes, this is a bit embarrassing.

Just this year he expressed an interested in going for the Halloween activities, that hay ride would be the first thing on the agenda.

48 | Trish Caron

October 10th, 2017 at 6:45 pm


I’m haven’t been in the past years.. but I’m sure the first stop for us is the jumping pillows! Or Bunnyville!

49 | Sarah Loftus

October 10th, 2017 at 8:40 pm


I’ve been to Saunders before, yes, and the absolute first thing I would do is get in line for the Haunted Hayride! So so fun!

50 | Jacquie

October 10th, 2017 at 8:41 pm


We have been there before and loved it. I would run straight to the bouncy pillows and my kids would roll their eyes mortified at their embarrassing (but ecstatic!) mother.

51 | Meghan

October 10th, 2017 at 8:57 pm


Love Saunders farm would love to take my twin toddlers

52 | lisa bolduc

October 10th, 2017 at 8:58 pm


I have gone back when I am a teenager. I am a big scaredy cat. now that my son is i think he will like all the daytime activities. we are planning on going with our big family this Sunday

53 | Sarah Johnston

October 10th, 2017 at 10:07 pm


I would love to take my 2 kids through the maze and then bunnytown! Saunders farm sounds amazing and with the Canada 150 I feel they would have gone the extra mile. My kids and I have never been to Saunders and would love to go! Amazing of you to offer these tickets!

54 | Carolyn

October 10th, 2017 at 10:19 pm


Still haven’t been and now that our kids are older, they can endure the scarier bits – we’d have so much fun! Would love to win the pass!

55 | Aleta Moher

October 10th, 2017 at 10:42 pm


I’ve been once a few years ago..I’d love to go back with my daughters!
I think the first thing we’d try is the Canada 150 maze. It looks incredible!!

56 | Kimberly Patriquin

October 10th, 2017 at 11:50 pm


Yes, I’ve definitely been there before and the first thing my 3 kids will want to go to is the jumping pillows! Remind me again, can adults jump too?! ?

57 | Jonathan Bourgeois

October 10th, 2017 at 11:53 pm


I’ve been there before. Depending on which entrance we go through we’ll likely stop at one of the play structures first. But I definitely want to check out the maze!

58 | Sofia

October 11th, 2017 at 10:11 am


Hi Andrea – I have definitely been before (not in the last 5 years) and mostly for the haunted-house and hayride, but this year I would like to go with my 6mo baby girl to see all the bunnies!

59 | Shannon Barlow

October 11th, 2017 at 10:19 am


It’s a family favorite, we love it there! First atop will be the haunted house then jumping pillows! Thanks for the chance!

60 | Tiffany

October 11th, 2017 at 10:24 am


We haven’t been before! We’d head for the maze first with our toddler.

61 | Molly

October 11th, 2017 at 1:49 pm


Bunnies. I am entering for the bunnies. My daughter would love that!

62 | Krystal Walters

October 11th, 2017 at 2:09 pm


We have been before my daughter was born and I bet she would love it as much as her big brother! We would go right for the jumping pillows and then check out the bunnies!!

63 | Jeanine Rochefort

October 11th, 2017 at 2:17 pm


Yes I’ve been with my kids who are adults now. I’d go to maize first…

64 | Meghan

October 11th, 2017 at 3:04 pm


I have taken my two girls many times. I would give the tickets to my 16 year old who would take a buddy she has from the best buddies program. They would love the haunted house!

65 | Stephanie

October 11th, 2017 at 3:10 pm


I’ve never gone before so the first thing I would do is the corn maze (although I want to try everything)!

66 | HollyStar

October 11th, 2017 at 3:27 pm


I have been to Saunders before but it has been a few years. I’d head over to try the new extra bouncy jumping pillows with my boys then grab a hot cider and wander the corn maze.

67 | Stephanie

October 11th, 2017 at 7:27 pm


I’ve never been to Saunders Farm but would love to take my kids!

68 | Pamela Lawler

October 11th, 2017 at 9:57 pm


Hi, I have been to Saunders before, once 6 years ago for maple syrup festivities with our then 2 yr old and infant and a few times with my students over the past 20 years. It would be so fun to go back this fall my kids. The first thing we’d do is go in the Maze. I wonder if the giant trampoline is still there.


69 | Katie

October 11th, 2017 at 10:17 pm


We have not been YET. I’ve heard about the bouncing pillows and that sounds like fun. I also want to eat yummy food, which has been recommended.

70 | Roxanne

October 12th, 2017 at 3:04 am


I would take my son to see the bunnies! We haven’t been, this would be his first year he would enjoy the farm.

71 | andrea tomkins

October 12th, 2017 at 9:53 am


This entry is posted on behalf of Randi, who emailed the following:
“I would love to win tickets to take my kids to Saunders Farm. I have taken them before, but it’s been several years since our last visit. The first thing we’d do? Tough one!! There’s so many fun and cool options, but I’d probably push for the hayride, which just has a way of bringing out the kid in all of us! Thank you. Randi”

72 | Dave

October 12th, 2017 at 10:37 am


I have been to Saunders before, last year was the 1st year we went and it was awesome.

The first thing I will be doing once I get there if I win the tickets will be the Barn of Terror!


73 | Jewel

October 12th, 2017 at 10:43 am


I’ve been to Saunders and I would love to win these tickets so I can go again this year!

If I win the tickets the first thing I will be doing is the Haunted Hayride!



74 | Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie

October 12th, 2017 at 11:40 am


I’ve never been. If we go we’d bring my toddler and run to see the bunnies!

75 | Karlis Bouse

October 12th, 2017 at 11:47 am


Hey – would love to give the kids a good Halloween scare!!

76 | stella

October 12th, 2017 at 11:53 am


We have never been and would love to take our baby. First stop is bunny town as she loves animals! !

77 | andrea tomkins

October 12th, 2017 at 12:54 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. Stay tuned for the winners!

78 | andrea tomkins

October 12th, 2017 at 12:59 pm


We have winners…

Comment #60, Tiffany, who wrote: “We haven’t been before! We’d head for the maze first with our toddler.”

Comment #28, Jess, who wrote: “We’ve never been! I’m sure the kids would love it. We’d have to check out bunny town first!”

Congratulations Tiffany and Jess! Please check your email. Enjoy your visit to Saunders Farm!

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