There’s nothing like the juicy crunch of a freshly picked apple, and no better feeling than picking that apple yourself! With so many plentiful orchards, families in Nova Scotia have plenty of choices when it comes it places to go apple-picking. To accompany the handy map above, 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’s, families can pick apples, cherries, 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, cookies, chocolate cherry-cheescake muffins, and 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, hay rides and a market selling fresh crops, pickles and hay bales. Note that Willowbank does not accept debit (cash or cheques only).
Address: 110 Starr’s Point Loop (Exit 11 off 101 Hwy), Port Williams
Phone: 24 hr info 902-542-9153
3. Mason’s in Windsor
Delicious apples! Mason’s is located 40 minutes from Sackville just off Highway 101. Mason’s U-pick sas a large variety of apples including McIntosh, Cortland, Paula Red, Jonagold, Gala, Honeycrisp, etc.
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, and a food truck serves hot buttered corn and other snacks on weekends and holidays. Old-fashioned favourite activities at Noggin’s include the bumpy wagon ride to the orchard and the ever-popular duck-derby (see photo below).
5. Boates U-Pick
Boates strives to produce apples and pears with as few chemical inputs as possible, specialising 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, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Spartan & Rhode Island Greening. Pear varieties are Clapp, Bartlett and Bosc.
Address: 432 Bligh Road, Woodville, Kings County
Telephone: (902) 678-7671
6. 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 & Bakery was 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
Facebook: Elderkin’s Farm Market and Bakery
7. Foote Family Farm
Foote Family Farm specialises in bees and honey products, and has 14 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.
Address: 1972 Woodville Road, Woodville, Kings County
8. Gates U-pick
Open daily 9:00-6:00 until the end of October. Family fun with a free orchard tour, wagon ride, picnic area and all you can eat apples and pears while you pick! You can also pick your own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch.
Address: 269 Starr’s Point Road, Port Williams
Although we do our best to provide you with accurate information, all event details are subject to change. Please contact the facility to avoid disappointment.