The Kraay Family Farm’s corn maze features a bottle of insulin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its discovery. (Contributed photo)

Kraay Family Farm in central Alberta is now open

This year’s corn maze design celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin

This year’s corn maze design at the Kraay Family Farm in Lacombe celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.

“The corn maze features an insulin bottle, with the years 1921-2021 written within a Canadian maple leaf. It also features the work of JDRF – an organization here in Canada creating awareness for Type One Diabetes and supporting, connecting and funding the best Type One research around the world,” said Rachel Kraay, who owns the farm with her husband Reuben.

The Kraay Family Farm’s season officially began July 19 and will end Oct. 16.

Kraay said the family has a “very personal connection” to JDRF and the celebration of the discovery of insulin, which was discovered by researchers Dr. Frederick Banting and Charles Best at the University of Toronto.

“Our daughter has Type 1 diabetes and insulin literally keeps her alive,” said Kraay.

“We are very excited to work with JDRF to raise awareness about Type One Diabetes and the need to fund the research needed to make this relentless and horrible disease easier to manage and maybe one day find a cure.”

Anyone with Type One Diabetes will have free admission to the farm throughout the month of August.

The corn maze itself covers 15 acres of land and more than five kilometres of trails. In addition to the maze, there are more than 40 activities and attractions at the farm, including giant jumping pillows, pedal carts, farm animals, mini zip lines, a giant corn barn, slides, and an 18-hole mini golf course.

The Kraay family will host some special days over the course of the season, including Sunflower Days throughout August.

“We will make sure we announce the sunflower bloom on our social media and let our guests know when it’s a great time to come,” said Kraay.

For more information on the farm, visit

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