The smell of apple pie is one of those hallmarks of Autumn. But first, you need to get some good fresh apples, and a great way to do so is to make an outdoorsy day out of it and pick your own! Apple season, depending on the yearly weather conditions, goes from late August until early November (with most varieties available in September and October) and there are numerous varieties available at farms spread out all over the region. Here then is your Family Fun Guide to Apple Picking in Southern Ontario:

Note: Availability of apple varieties and other fruits and vegetables is not guaranteed, as nature is always changing.

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West of Toronto

The Big’r Apple Farm – Brampton

Apple Varieties: Empire, Fortune, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jonah Gold, McIntosh, Crispin/Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Royal Gala, Wealthy
Other Foods: Pear, strawberry (June)

Carl Laidlaw Orchards – Brampton

Apple Varieties: McIntosh, Ginger Gold, Gravenstein, Royal Gala, Prima, Honey Gold, Spartan, Cortland, McGowen, Silken, Honeycrisp, Empire, Aurora Golden Gala, Fuji, Creston, Fortune, Wealthy, Crispin/Mutsu, Rhode Island Greening, Russet, Jonagold, Tolman Sweet, Smoothie, Cox Orange Pippin, Ambrosia, Idared, Red and Golden Delicious, Granny Smith
Activities: Sunflowers, pumpkin patch, farm animals, hay bales, corn maze, wagon ride

Carluke Orchards – Ancaster

Apple Varieties: McIntosh, Royal Gala, Spartan, Cortland, Empire, Ambrosia, Golden Gala, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Idared, Northern Spy, Honeycrisp, Paula Red, Ginger Gold
Other Foods: Baked goods, pumpkins, Squash, Corn

Chudleigh’s Entertainment Farm – Milton

Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, Silken, Royal Gala, McIntosh, Kerr Mini, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Empire, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Golden Russet, Golden Delicious, Creston, Ambrosia, Crispin/Mutsu, Fuji, Deman Red, Sunrise, Wealthy
Other Foods: Pumpkin, desserts, honey, cider, pantry items
Activities: Play area, Farm animals, Nature trail, Summer Music Nights, Food events, School trips

Dixie Orchards – Inglewood

Apple Varieties: Paulared, Sunrise, Ginger Gold, Bubble Gum, Gala, McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Spartan, Empire, Red Delicious, Macoun, Ambrosia, Creston, Mutsu, Fuji
Other Foods: Hazelnuts, pumpkins, baked goods, jam, honey, maple syrup, candy apples, popcorn, cookies
Activities: Sunflower field, Pumpkin patch, Corn maze, Farm animals, Wagon ride

Downey’s Apple Farm – Inglewood

Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Cortland, Gala, Honey Crisp, Empire, Ambrosia, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Cripsin/Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Red Fuji
Other Foods: Strawberry, raspberry, pumpkin, sweet corn, apple cider, squash, honey, candy apples

Orchard Home Farm – Saint George

Apple Varieties: Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Ginger Gold, Paula Red, Zestar, Red Cort, Empire, Russet, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Northern Spy, Braeburn, Crispin/Mutsu, Ambrosia, Fuji
Other Foods: Pear – Harrow Crisp, Bartlett, Bosc

North of Toronto

Albion Orchards – Caledon East

Apple Varieties: Royal Gala, McIntosh, Spartan, Empire, Golden Delicious, Golden Russet, Cortland, Crispin/Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Idared
Other Foods: Pear, squash, zucchini, apple cider, honey, maple syrup
Activities: Pumpkin Patch (October), Christmas Tree picking (December)

Brooks Farms – Mount Albert

Apple Varieties: Zestar, Sweet 16, Paula Red, Early Gold
Other Foods: Strawberry, red & black currants, peas, ​gooseberries, squash, Saskatoon berries, raspberries (purple, red, black), pumpkin
Activities: Farm animals, Playland – Train rides, zip lines, splash pad, giant jumping pillows, tire horse swings slides, sandbox, kids riding cars, bouncing ponies, playhouse, pirate ship, corn maze, straw pyramids & jumps, Spider Mountain lookout, rubber duck races

Organics Family Farm – Markham

Apple Varieties: Pristine, Ginger Gold, Red Free, Sunrise, Lobo, Prima, Sweet Sixteen, Ambrosia, Honeycrisp, Empire, Spencer, Honey Gold, Crimson Crisp, Spartan, Liberty
Other Foods: Strawberry, locally grown certified organic fruits and vegetables, baked goods, farm-produced honey, pasture-raised meats

Pine Farms Orchard – King City

Apple Varieties: Melba, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Wealthy, McIntosh, Cortland, Royal Gala, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Empire, Spartan, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Russet, Northern Spy, Mutsu/Crispin, Ambrosia
Other Foods: Apple cider, baked goods, cheeses, pantry items, dressings and seasonings, honey, maple syrup, chocolate, olive oil, coffee

East of Toronto

Applewood Farm – Whitchurch-Stouffville

Apple Varieties: Gingergold, Macintosh, Cortland, Royal Gala, Honeycrisp
Other Foods: Tarts, honey, maple syrup

Archibald Orchards & Winery – Bowmanville

Apple Varieties: Silken, Early Gala, McIntosh, Honeycrisp, Gala, Cortland, Spartan, Empire, Mutsu, Ambrosia, Red Delicious, Ida Red
Other Foods: Wine & cider

Maple Grove Orchards – Clarington

Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Cortland, Royal Gala, Empire, Honeycrisp
Other Foods: Pumpkin, plum, peaches & cream corn, green bean, strawberry, peach, maple syrup, honey
Activities: Tractor and wagon rides

Nature’s Bounty Farm – Port Perry

Apple Varieties: Honeycrisp, Ambrosia, Golden Russet, Silken, Ginger Gold​, McIntosh, Gala, Blondee, Cortland, Spartan, Macoun, Empire, Jonagold, Crimson Crisp, Salish, ​Crispin/Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Fuji​, Idared, Northern Spy
Other Foods: Pear (Harrow Crisp), pumpkin, squash, cider, sweet corn, garlic

Pingle’s Farm Market – Hampton

Apple Varieties: Macintosh, Paula Red, Royal Gala, Honeycrisp, Cortland, Empire, Red Delicious, Ambrosia, Crispin/Mutsu, Northern Spy
Other Foods: Asparagus, pumpkin, strawberry, tomato, kale, brussel sprouts, cherry, peach, blueberry, garlic
Activities: Pingle’s playland – trike track, farm animals, jumbo slide, sand box, jump pad; farm animals, wagon rides, corn maze, “mini maze” for toddlers, live music

Watson Farm Market – Bowmanville

Apple Varieties: Ginger Gold, McIntosh, Gala, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Empire, Fuji, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Crispin/Mutsu, Ambrosia
Other Foods: Pumpkin, strawberry, pear, beans, raspberry, peas, squash
Activities: Playground, petting zoo, corn maze, photo stations

Kids can’t resist a little snack while they work! Photo Credit: Melissa Mohaupt

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