Apple picking is an annual tradition in Ontario and there’s no shortage of day trip worthy destinations on the map.
These orchards not far from Toronto offer the chance to pluck plump juicy apples straight from the tree, shop baked goods, and traipse through corn mazes in the height of harvest season.
Here’s where to go apple picking near Toronto.
In Caledon, this orchard and country market spends weekends from September to the end of October offering free entry for wagon rides, PYO fruit, and fresh baked pies! Find varieties like Honeycrisp, Paula Red, Gingergold and more for picking and purchasing.
Billed as one of Ontario’s first pick-your-own spots, this Stouffville farm charges $7.50 admission for a day of orchard-bound wagon rides, an animal barn, corn maze, and Straw Mountain. Varieties change weekly, but look forward to filling up 20 lb bags for $20 including varieties like Macintosh, Red Delicious, Spencer, Cortland, and more.
This Bowmanville orchard “has been growing apples since 1967 [and they’re] very picky!” The 12,000-tree orchard offers a multitude of PYO varieties as well as wine and cider for sale.
Join the weekend Fun Festival this fall at this Mount Albert farm offering Pig Races, and Pumpkin Cannons, as well as PYO apples and late season strawberries. 5 lb bags of apples sell for $12 while a 20 lb bag will set you back $36. Varieties available (as ripe) include Silken, Zeestar, Sweet Sixteen, and Mac varieties.
As if 20 different varieties of PYO apples weren’t incentive enough, this Milton farm is also famous for its Apple Blossoms. Open since 1967, Chudleigh’s is a treasured fall ritual offered every year from mid-August through October.
Red Fuji, Mutsu, Jonagold and more are available for U-Pick at this Caledon farm during peak season (late-August until early November). Admission to the farm is free with a minimum purchase of $5 in apples. While a bag filled to the top is priced at $27.
Pick from Paulareds and Sun Rise early in the season, while Empires, Red Delicious and Ambrosia become ready into October. This Caledon farm offers 20+ varieties, along with hayrides, a corn maze, and a market stocked with cider and pies.
The inaugural apple season at this artisan orchard in King City opens in September and runs right up until Halloween. Daytrip here for varieties including Cortland, McIntosh, Spartan sold by the pound.
This Markham farm is so popular it’s known to be picked-out of early season varieties. Luckily the apple picking season here extends into October. Entry to the orchard costs $10 but also includes a 5 lb. bag of U-Pick apples.
Honey Crisps, Red Delicious, and Ambrosia apples are available for picking while in season. Go here not just for the apples, but also the pumpkin patch, wagon rides, corn maze, and massive farmers market.
Pick from over 20 types of apples from August through to October at this King City farm. Admission is $3 per person for access to 21 different varieties of apples (as ready) easily pickable from dwarf trees.
Apple Festival on Saturday, September 30 promises a Jumping Castle, BBQ and more at this Bowmanville farm. PYO apples include varieties like Cortland and Gingergolds, available as ready.