Alberta, Canada family’s QR code corn maze recognized by Guinness World Records

An aerial photo shows the Kraay Family Farm's corn maze, featuring a giant QR code - linking users to the website for the farm.
Linda Hoang, CTV Edmonton |
Published Sunday, Sep. 9, 2012 |

A corn maze near Lacombe has been named the world’s largest QR code.

The Kraay family has been coming up with original designs for its annual Lacome Corn Maze for more than a decade.

The family says this year’s design – a giant QR (Quick Response) code – has just been certified from the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest.

“It’s officially a-maize-ing!” the family posted to the Lacombe Corn Maze Facebook Page.

“We got the official world record and the certificate for proof.”

The Kraay’s code is nearly 29,000 square metres.

When the code is scanned with a smartphone, it sends the user to the website for the Kraay Family Farm.

To prove the code works, the family flew over their farm in a helicopter and held a phone out the window to scan the code.

This is the 13th year for the corn maze.

In the past, the maze had featured country music star Paul Brandt, logos of the Edmonton Oilers and Eskimos, the Calgary Stampeders and Flames, outlines of Canada and Alberta, and last year they marked the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion tour with a likeness of Hansen.

The idea for this year’s QR code maze came when Rachel Kraay was reading a magazine.

“I was just relaxing, reading a magazine and saw a whole bunch of QR codes and I thought, you know, it looked a whole lot like a maze I wonder if we can make one,” Kraay told CTV News earlier this summer.

The Kraay family took the idea to a designer they work with each year – who jumped at the challenge.

The family compiled photos, videos and witness statements and sent them to Guinness to receive their certification.

According to the maze’s Facebook Page, plans are in the works for a party to celebrate the Guinness achievement.