Ready to break the Guinness record

Ready to break the Guinness record

After four months of hard work and sweat, the world’s largest maze, equivalent to 55 football pitches, is officially complete and the Quebec designer is back in his quest for the Guinness Record.

• Also read: [VIDÉO] The La Pocatière labyrinth is now the largest in the world

• Also read: The largest labyrinth in the world is in La Pocatière

• Also read: 8 crisp anecdotes that happened in the giant labyrinth

• Also read: A colossal labyrinth in Bas-Saint-Laurent

The Grand Labyrinthe Kamouraska was suspended for two years due to the pandemic and is open again to visitors along Route 132 in La Pocatière until Halloween.

For the 7th edition, Luc Pelletier snatched the corn cobs out of our hands bit by bit on 21 kilometers of trails. The maze is 63 hectares in size.

“For people in Quebec and Montreal, you could say there are 11 IKEA stores in my maze,” laughs the man. “I’ve lost 10 pounds, which is healthier than a hot dog eating record,” he jokingly adds.

Failed attempt in 2019

Luc Pelletier, the designer of the maze.

With kind approval

Luc Pelletier, the designer of the maze.

This isn’t Luc Pelletier’s first attempt to get his performance into the Guinness Book of World Records. In 2019, he believed the game was won, but his 71-acre maze failed to meet certain standards set by the famous organization.

There was no dead end on his route and the paths were not all the same size. This time the designer has put all the odds on his side and hopes that his project will be recognized as the largest corn maze in the world.

The certification process takes three months, explains Luc Pelletier, who has just started the process.

“We’ve already started filling in the paperwork,” he confirms, adding that the photos, plans and measurements of the maze must be provided in particular.

He admits that one maze in the United States is 110 acres but was made with farm machinery and doesn’t meet Guinness requirements. As of 2014, the 60-acre record was held by a California developer.

thousands of visitors

The maze is divided into five parts including part number 2 which is right in the heart of the cornfield.

With kind approval

The maze is divided into five parts including part number 2 which is right in the heart of the cornfield.

Between 10,000 and 20,000 visitors from all over Quebec enter the labyrinth every year. It is divided into five parts, making it accessible to everyone.

“It’s family. You do one part at a time and you can stop at any time. People come with their backpacks, water bottles, snacks and spend an afternoon on the trails,” says the father, who brings his wife and two small children to the project includes.

A serious challenge

Only 10% of people manage to complete all the stages of the maze, which takes at least two hours to complete. So it’s 90% of the “lost” who return without having accepted the challenge.

“The shortcut has never been used so often,” says Luc Pelletier, proud of the level of difficulty of his course, which is littered with dead ends and wrong turns.

For several years, other farmers in the province have been building labyrinths in the corn fields. In Sainte-Julie, in Montérégie, the Labyrinthe Galaxie extends over 48 hectares.

Do you have any information about this story that you would like to share with us?

Do you have a scoop that might be of interest to our readers?