While we hate to see summer go, we can’t help but get excited to welcome fall into our lives with open arms. With the first cool breeze of autumn we’re reminded of all the wonderful sweaters we’ve been wanting to wear, all the pumpkin spice lattes we want to drink, and all the cozy soup we want to eat. Fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore – it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the leaves are changing colour, so every outdoor excursion becomes a great photo opportunity. Our favourite fall activity has to be apple picking – for the fun outdoors, but also for the tasty pies that follow. Here are some of the best places to pick your own apples in the GTA.
Pine Farms Orchard – 2700 16th Sideroad, King City, ON
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A beautiful orchard located in King City, Pine Farms Orchard has tons of variety when it comes to what you can take home. Whether you’re looking to pick your own , or grab a bag of ready picked apples, Pine Farms let’s you know the best times to visit depending on what you’re looking for. There’s also a cafe and bakeshop on site where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, desserts, and take home goodies. Pine Farms Orchard is open 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Chudleigh’s – 9528 Highway 25, Halton Hills, ON
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Open to the public since 1967, Chudleigh’s are pros when it comes to providing a fun fall day. Follow their picking schedule to know when is best to visit and pick your own apples during the harvest season or visit their bake shop and enjoy a delicious apple blossom dessert, homemade jellies and jams. There’s also wagon rides, animal farms, play areas, and a huge hay maze to keep you busy! Open 10am-5pm, 7 days a week from July 1st through until October 31st.
Orchalaw Farms – 9726 Heritage Road, Brampton, ON
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Starting September 10th this 2016 season there are 20 varieties of apples you’ll be able to pick on your own at Orchalaw Farms! Follow this handy guide to apple picking so you know when your favourite type is ripe! With wagon rides and a quaint farmers market, there’s plenty to explore at Orchalaw. The Orchard is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 10am-5 pm, and 9am-4pm Saturday and Sundays.
Carl Laidlaw Orchards – 9496 Heritage Road, Brampton, ON
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Another picturesque orchard to visit is Carl Laidlaw Orchards in Brampton. Pick your own apples and pears from early September to late October, with the help of this ripening guide. With all the variety it will be hard to pick just one pie to bake! Offering wagon rides into the orchard, a small market, and a barn to jump around in you’ll enjoy the perfect fall day here. Open weekends and holidays from 9am-5pm.
Archibald Orchards and Estate Winery – 6275 Liberty Street North, RR#3, Bowmanville, ON
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Growing apples since the 60’s and with almost 8000 trees in the orchard, Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery will give you that quintessential apple picking experience you’ve been looking for. Depending on what apple you’re looking for, there are different varieties available all season long! This orchard is unique in that it’s also a winery! Enjoy tastings or sign up for a wine and cheese pairing experience! If you’re not looking to do the picking yourself, visit their market where you’ll find fresh pressed cider, delicious baked treats, and ready picked apples to bring home. Open Fridays through to Sunday from 10am-5pm.