Published on October 11th, 2017 | by Miriam Porter
Apple Picking for the Family: The Best Apple Orchards to Visit in Ontario.
Everyone loves Ontario apples! Whether you are a fan of apple pie, apple cider, applesauce, apple butter, or fresh crisp and juicy apples straight from the tree, these Ontario orchards are the place to be. So put on your favourite apple picking outfit (Overalls are back in style and farm hats are always cool), find an empty basket, and plug in one of these Ontario orchards to your GPS and head out on an apple road trip adventure with your family.
Albion Orchards in Caledon will fulfill all your apple picking and eating dreams with their own Country Market that is open daily throughout the fall season. They grow many apple varieties in their orchards that are native to Ontario and their crops vary annually with the weather. In previous years apple varieties have included Ida Red, Red Delicious, and Northern Spy. With trees as old as forty years they offer some of the best pickings in the province, so it’s no wonder families from the GTA flock to the farm. The market sells a huge variety of pies, including three different apple options, which you can wash down with a tasty cup of fresh apple cider.
The belief behind Carl Laidlaw Orchards is that spending time in an orchard is magical and valuable and that it’s important to know where your food comes from. This family owned farm started their ‘pick your own’ business back in the seventies and it continues to flourish partly due to the charming country experience they provide for their guests. They grow over twenty varieties of apples (and three types of pears for all you pear lovers) in 100 acres in the Credit River Valley in Brampton. For a completely unique experience you can also bake an apple pie right at the farm. Kids will love jumping in the hay barn, playing with toy tractors, and the wagon ride into the glorious apple orchards. They are open on weekends from now until the end of October.
For a nice weekend road trip consider a drive to 100 acres of hilly countryside of the Oak Rides Moraine. Located between the small towns of Brooklin, Uxbridge, and Port Perry, Nature’s Bounty produces over twenty varieties of apples with approximately 14,000 trees. There are lots of apples to pick so get ready to roll up your sleeves and get busy filling up your baskets. This family run farm also has several kinds of fresh squash, a corn maze for the kids to enjoy, an obstacle course, and delicious hot or cold apple cider for a drink after all your hard work picking apples.
Their name alone should assure you there are lots of apples at Apple Land Station. But if not, take a road trip to Dorchester and see for yourself. What started out in 1986 as an apple crop sold from a picnic table has grown into a huge apple orchard complete with train ride that takes you out to the pasture, corn maze, sand mountain, bakery, store, and fresh apple cider. There are pick your own Gala, Cortland, and Macintosh and an engineer will teach your family the correct way to pick apples. This kid friendly farm is open for apple picking until October 31.
Still popular after all these years is Chudleigh’s in Halton Hills. This orchard is perfect for families as they have so much to offer apple-picking enthusiasts. They have a giant hay maze, sand pit, scenic tractor wagon rides, and a nature trail to explore. With a history dating back to 1967 this family owned farm attracts visitors looking for apples and fresh apple pie from across the country. They sell tons of scrumptious desserts made in their own bakery a few minutes down the road, or pick your own apples and bake a special dessert at home. Apple picking is available daily and check their website for specific apple varieties such as Macintosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and Granny Smith. There is definitely an apple for everyone at Chudleigh’s so bring your appetite.
Are you looking for more fall fun adventure? Check out the Fall-ready Guide for helpful tips.
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