Apple picking is an annual tradition in Ontario and 2018 has been an especially fruitful season, meaning there’s plenty of plump juicy apples ready to be plucked straight from the tree.
There’s no shortage of day trip worthy destinations near Toronto on the map so you can escape the city to PYO-apples, 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 starting with Paula Reds in late August followed by Honeycrisp, Gingergold and more as they ripen.
Address: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
The season at this Stouffville farm kicks off Saturday, September 8 at 9 am. Admission is $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.
Address: 12416 McCowan Road, Stouffville
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. The orchards open to the public on September 8, 2018.
Address: 6275 Liberty Street North, Bowmanville
Join the weekend Fun Festival this fall at this Mount Albert farm offering Pig Races, and Pumpkin Cannons, as well as PYO apples as ripe including Silken, Zeestar, Sweet Sixteen, and Mac varieties. Admission is $15 per person for the fall festival running September 8 to October 28, 2018, but apple picking kicked off August 25.
Address: 122 Ashworth Road, Mount Albert
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.
Address: 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills
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. The 2018 season kicked off on August 25.
Address: 13707 Heart Lake Road, Caledon
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.
Address: 14309 Dixie Road, Caledon
Apple season at this artisan orchard in King City starts August 24and runs right up until Halloween. Day trip here for varieties including Cortland, McIntosh, Spartan sold by the pound.
Address: 3105 16th Side Road, King City
This Markham farm is so popular it’s known to be picked-out of early season varieties. Luckily the apple picking season here kicks off on September 1 and extends into mid-October. There is a $12 minimum purchase per person.
Address: 7550 19th Avenue, Markham
Honey Crisps, Red Delicious, and Ambrosia apples are available for picking from the second weekend in September. Go here not just for the apples, but also the pumpkin patch, wagon rides, corn maze, and massive farmers market.
Address:1805 Taunton Road East, Hampton
Pick from over 20 types of apples from mid-August through to October at this King City farm. Admission is $5 per person on weekends for access to 21 different varieties of apples (as ready) easily pickable from dwarf trees.
Address: 2700 16th Side Road, King
Apple picking season starts September 7 at this Bowmanville farm. PYO apples include varieties like Cortland and Gingergolds, available as ready.
Address: 2287 Highway #2, Bowmanville