Apple picking is an annual tradition in Ontario and with fall fast approaching, there will soon be plenty of plump apples ready to be plucked straight from the tree.
There’s no shortage of day trip worthy destinations near Toronto on this map, so you can plan an escape from the city to PYOApples, 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. The farm said that they will be opening this month, just in time to fruit-pick.
Address: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon
You can pick 20 pounds worth of apples for $20 or ten pounds for $15. Hand sanitizing stations will also be available throughout the farm. The farm is currently in the process of moving their winery business to Saintfield Road but apple picking will remain in Stouffville. Their new farm, north of Port Perry will have a 40 acre corn maze, a pumpkin patch and more. The winery will open sometime in the fall.
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. It’s the ideal place to spend a weekend afternoon in the fall. This year there is a minimum purchase of one half bushel and physical distancing must be maintained at all times.
Address: 6275 Liberty Street North, Bowmanville
As if 20 different varieties of PYOApples weren’t incentive enough, this Milton farm also has an upcoming Mac N’ Cheese Weekend. Open since 1967, Chudleigh’s is a treasured fall ritual offered every year from mid-August through October. Tickets to visit must be purchased online, in advance and the farm has said that they continue to stay connected with provincial and federal health guidelines.
Address: 9528 Regional Rd 25, Milton
Red Fuji, Mutsu, Jonagold and more are available for U-Pick at this Caledon farm during peak season. Admission to the farm is free with a minimum purchase of $5 in apples. You can also fill a bag to the top for $29.
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 more than 20 varieties, along with hayrides, a corn maze, and a market stocked with cider and pies. Right now, you can even visit their sunflower fields.
Address: 14309 Dixie Road, Caledon
Apple season at this artisan orchard in King City starts as the farm reopens on September 12. Day trip here for varieties including Cortland, McIntosh, Spartan sold by the pound. The orchard has said that all safety protocols for COVID-19 will be implemented.
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 will soon be kicking off, offering ample time to get your fill of the season’s greatest treats. The farm asks guests to sanitize their hands upon entry and to maintain a social distance of two metres from others.
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, farmers’ market, and sunflower yoga.
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 ready-picked, or easily pickable from the trees.
Address: 2700 16th Side Road, King City
Get out of the city and spend your day at this farm in Stoney Creek. Pick your apples from a variety of 25 trees, all locally grown. You will also find non-alcoholic cider, and apple treats at Luna Farms. Only a certain amount of people will be allowed at a time to practice distancing, as well, masks and gloves will be for sale.
Address: 661 8th Rd E, Stoney Creek