There’s nothing like the juicy crunch of a freshly picked apple, and no better feeling than picking that apple yourself! With so many beautiful orchards, families in Nova Scotia have plenty of choices when it comes to places to go apple-picking. To accompany the handy map below, here is our list of fun places to go apple-picking with your family in Nova Scotia. Please note that not all farms accept debit and credit, so check before you go!
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1. Dempsey Corner Orchards
At Dempsey Corner, families can pick apples, corn, pumpkins, peaches, and plums – or kids can even dig their own root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, onions, or beets! The kids will love going on the merry-goat-round (goats ride on with kids!). Enjoy the Petting Zoo, playground, tearoom, and a bakery featuring hot lunches, sweets, jams, and of course – fresh-baked pie!
2. Willowbank U-pick Farm
Willowbank U-Pick Farm is a working farm owned by the Johnson family. During the fall season, they open up to the public, offering a u-pick apple orchard, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, corn maze, hayrides, and a market selling fresh crops, pickles, and hay bales. Willowbank now accepts debit and cash (credit card payments are accepted for an additional fee).
Address: 110 Starr’s Point Loop (Exit 11 off 101 Hwy), Port Williams
Noggin’s Corner Farm is a family favourite, with an enormous (and enormously challenging!) corn maze, and a very popular Barnyard Adventure area with several playgrounds. There are lots of picnic tables scattered throughout the site to enjoy fresh food from the farm. Old-fashioned favourite activities at Noggin’s include the bumpy wagon ride to the orchard and their spooky Haunted House (open throughout October only).
Address: 10009 Hwy #1, Greenwich
Phone: 902-542-5515 (Ext. 1 for the farm market)
4. Boates U-pick
Boates strives to produce apples and pears with as few chemical inputs as possible, specializing in organic apples and pears, sweet cider, and vinegar. The U-Pick season for apples and pears generally runs Labour Day until the weekend before Halloween, seven days a week from 9 am – 5 pm. Boates’ main apple varieties include Gravenstein, McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp Gala, and Russet. Pear varieties are Clara, Bartlett, and Bosc.
5. Elderkin’s U-pick, Farm Market, and Bakery
Elderkin’s Farm has been a family-owned Annapolis Valley farm since 1760. In 1996, Elderkin’s Farm Market and Bakery were built, offering fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious baked goods. Elderkin’s U-Pick has become one of the most visited U-Pick operations in Nova Scotia with many delicious crops including apples, pears, plums, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, and pumpkins.
Address: 10362 Hwy 1, Wolfville
Phone: (902) 542-7198
6. Foote Family Farm
Foote Family Farm specializes in bees and honey products and has 10 varieties of apples as well as several other fruit and vegetables, including pumpkins. With a picnic area and loads of open space to explore, Foote Family Farm is the perfect destination for a low-key family adventure.
7. Gates U-pick
Open daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm until the end of October enjoy lots of family fun with FREE orchard tours, FREE wagon rides, a picnic area, and all-you-can-eat apples while you pick! You can also pick your own pears, pumpkins, and sunflowers.