Apple season is here! What better way to celebrate the return of fall’s favourite fruit than with a family day trip to pick your own apples?
We’ve rounded up a handy list of pick-your-own apple orchards in the GTA to help you find and plan your apple-picking adventure. Don’t forget to call ahead!
Need a little inspiration for some tasty ways to use up your apple haul? The Foodland Ontario website offers an extensive list of recipes to try. Just select recipes by ingredient. (Foodland Ontario is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.) Another great resource is the Ontario Apple Growers guide to apple varieties, with seasonal availability for each.
Just 45 minutes outside of Toronto, Albion Orchards offers a dozen different varieties of apples, which your family can pick from trees that are up to 40 years old. Open weekends only.
14800 Innis Lake Rd., Caledon; 905-584-0354
Andrews’ Scenic Acres boasts 165 acres of fruits and veggies, with half an acre dedicated to apples. The farm also features a market, farm animal corral, free hayrides and a cornfield walk.
R.R. 5 / 9365 10th Sideroad, Milton; 905-878-5807
This family farm has a little something for everyone. Kids can enjoy a wagon ride on their way to pick from the nine different varieties of apples available, while parents indulge in some of the farm’s award-winning apple wines.
12415 McCowan Rd., Stouffville; 905-642-4720
Located an hour east of Toronto, the Archibald’s is a 40-acre apple orchard offering 13 different varieties of apples. In addition to the pick-your-own orchard, you’ll want to stop by the apple market for fritters, dumplings, and fresh-pressed cider. Yum!
6275 Liberty St. N., Bowmanville; 905-263-2396
In addition to offering five delicious varieties of apples for picking, Brooks Farms is all about having fun! With 10 acres devoted to the outdoor Barnyard Playland, your little ones are guaranteed to have a blast. There are also plenty of delicious treats to be found in the farm market and bakery.
122 Ashworth Rd., Mount Albert; 905-473-3920
Start your trip to this lovely Brampton orchard with a sample at the tasting wagon, then head out to pick from 20 varieties of apples (and three types of pears!). Once your picking is done, head over to the barn for some hay jumping and beam walking, and stop by the barn market for a little shopping. You’ll also find barbequed hot dogs and fresh roasted corn on weekends.
9496 Heritage Rd., Brampton; 905-456-2095
No list about apple-picking hot spots would be complete without Chudleigh’s! This famous Halton Hills farm offers 20 different varieties of apples for your family to pick and enjoy. Swing by the children’s play area to wander through the straw maze, go for a pony ride, and visit with some friendly farm animals.
9528 Regional Rd 25, Milton; 905-878-2725
Sheep and chickens and rabbits, oh my! In addition to an orchard with 23 varieties of apples (most of which are available for picking), Dixie Orchards in Caledon is also home to some very sweet farm animals that your little ones will love to meet. Complete your visit with a stop at the Country Bakery for fresh pie and apple cider, and test your navigation skills in the corn maze for a little extra adventure.
14309 Dixie Rd., Ingleton; 905-838-5888
With 13 varieties of apples and more than 8,500 productive apple trees, this is a must-visit for little apple lovers. Once you’re done filling your bag with apples, head across the road to the kid-friendly fun zone, complete with Kritter Korral and mini-putt golf.
13707 Heart Lake Rd., Caledon; 905-838-4777
Grab a little red wagon and head out to the orchard to fill your hamper with one of Frootogo’s 16 varieties of apples, grown on easy-to-pick dwarf trees. Then head over to the Family Fun Farm, complete with petting zoo, toyland, mini corn maze and super-sized sandbox. Be sure to grab a few apple dumplings from the bakery for the car ride home!
573 Parkside Dr. E. / R. R. #1, Waterdown; 905-689-1652
Homestead Orchards features 20 different varieties ofw apples, many of which you can pick yourself. You’ll also want to visit the on-site bakery to try one of the orchard’s famous apple brownies.
1361 Old Homestead Rd., Georgina; 905-722-5325
Spend a day outside the city breathing that fresh country air at this family-owned orchard farm in King City, 60 km north of Toronto. The orchard is home to 5,000 trees and six varieties of apples. Pop into the market for honey, pies, and more to take home. Food and beverage are available at the Apple Road Cafe.
3105 16th Sideroad, King City; 905-833-3434
This family-owned farm in Markham features 20 varieties of certified-organic apples that are available for picking at different times throughout the season. During your visit, check out the Organic Farm Market, where you’ll find naturally raised meats, artisan breads, teas, soaps, and other great organic products.
1755 19th Ave., Markham; 905-640–5206
Operated since 1942, Pine Farms features 21 varieties of pick-your-own and pre-picked apples, as well as an on-site café, bakery and gift shop. The kid-friendly farm is described as a “learning and teaching environment,” offering educational tours to its visitors. Wee ones will also be excited to spot Costello, the farm’s resident Muscovy duck.
2700 16th Sideroad, King City; 905-833-5459
Just east of Oshawa, Pingle’s Farm Market offers plenty of sights and activities to keep the whole family entertained on a fall afternoon. In addition to apple picking in September and October, kids can spend time playing at Pingle’s Fun Farm ($6 for kids age 2+ on weekends), which includes wagon rides, farm animals, Bunnyville, mini-golf, and a straw maze. Swing by the market to shop for produce, baked goods and gifts while you’re there.
1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton; 905-725-6089
Watson Farms in Bowmanville is a great destination for families looking for an afternoon of apple-picking fun. In addition to their U-Pick apple varieties, the farm offers tractor rides, straw jumping, and a petting zoo at no cost.
2287 Durham Regional Hwg. 2, Bowmanville; 905-623-7252
Plan a weekend visit to this old-fashioned farm in September and October to pick from more than a dozen different varieties of apples. Whether you’re a fan of sweet Honeycrisp or classic McIntosh, this small family farm is sure to have an apple to suit your tastes.
6063 Fifth Line, Milton; 905-876-2606