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Ontario’s Best Apple Picking Spots

One for the basket, one for me. It’s a time honoured tradition, one that affords many delicious opportunities to explore Ontario’s rural places at your own pace.

We’ve gathered up some of our favorite pick-your-own spots into a nice little list for all you apple-loving bakers. Take an afternoon, visit a farm and pick your own this season!

In Season Now: Apples 

Applewood Farm Winery, Stouffville

12416 McCowan Rd, Whitchurch-Stouffville     applewoodfarmwinery.com

Applewood Farm has been in the same family for over 40 years, and their expertise shows in the way they run their business. There is something for everyone at this farm, including tractor rides to the orchards, a playground for the little ones, and now, a farm winery.

Dixie Orchards, Inglewood

14309 Dixie Road, Inglewood     dixieorchards.com

Dixie Orchards has over 23 types of apples for you to choose from.But it doesn’t stop there, once you’re done picking apples for the day, spend some time exploring their corn maze, sipping apple cider or perusing the farm bakery.

Bonus: They often throw BBQ parties on the weekends.

Carl Laidlaw Orchards, Brampton

9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton     carllaidlaworchards.ca

This is the place to go if you’re looking for a day of apple picking, but also if you’re looking for more than just pick-your-own. There are wagon rides, toy tractors, a hay barn (with a barn beam walk activity inside), a sunflower field, roasted hot-dogs and buttered cobs of corn, plus – and this is our favourite part- you can bake an apple pie right there on the orchard using the apples you just picked!

T&K Ferri Orchards, Clarksburg

496415 Grey County Rd 2, Clarksburg     tkferriorchards.com

In addition to being a stop along The Apple Pie Trail, TK Ferri Orchards has a lot to offer. When you’ve picked as many apples as you can fit in your baskets, spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the famous, on-farm pressed, Grandad Jack’s Apple Cider.

Chudleigh’s, Milton

9528 Regional Rd 25, Milton     chudleighs.com

If you haven’t been to Chudleigh’s before, we suggest you pack your family in the car and head out there ASAP because this farm is a tradition for many families for a reason.

During the harvest season there are lots of activities for both adults and children. In addition to apple picking there are tractor rides, scarecrow-making, and homemade apple pies for the taking!

New for 2018: This year Chudleigh’s has introduced Cider Nights at the farm which features live music, a hard cider bar plus delicious bites like mac n’ cheese and cheese blossoms.

Mountain Orchards, Mountain (just outside Ottawa)

10175 Clark Rd, Mountain     mountainorchards.ca

Purchased by the Lyall and Hobson families in 1973, Mountain Orchards has been running a pick-your-own operation for decades, and plans to continue doing so for decades to come! After you’ve picked all the apples you can carry, spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful forest trail, or getting lost in the corn maze.

Nature’s Bounty, Port Perry

651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry     naturesbountyfarm.com

This beautiful farm looks exactly how it’s name suggests. Enjoy the views of the property while you pick from over 10 different varieties of apples. Afterwards you can attempt their obstacle course, or relax and enjoy some fresh apple cider.

Bonus: They just hosted their first Dinner in the Orchard, an event they plan to host several times a year.

Stay tuned for more ‘Where To Pick Your Own.’