April showers bring May flowers and apple blossoms. The Annual Apple Blossom Festival in the Annapolis Valley has been delayed until 2022, but you can see the beautiful white and pink blossoms bloom across Nova Scotia. Here are just 12 places you can visit to view apple blossoms.
**Remember to only leave footprints and take only photos. **
Apple Lane Farm
One of my favourite places to go is a hidden gem called Apple Lane Farm and it is so worth the drive. The views from the orchard are breathtaking with the rolling hills covered in apple and pear trees in full blossoms. The farm is over 100 acres large. Their roadside stand opens in summer and is a wonderful place to pick up freshly picked apples.
54 Prospect Road, Morristown
If you are a fan of delicious apple cider, you may have heard of Boates Farm. The farm is off the beaten path and is one of the few organic apple farms in Nova Scotia. The farm is about a 15 minute drive from Kentville, or 90 minutes from Halifax. You will know that you have arrived at the farm when you see the large red barn with a giant U-Pick sign on the side. Depending on the year, the blossoms are open from mid-May to late June.
432 Bligh Road, Woodville
Elderkin’s Farm Market
Visible from the 101, Elderkin’s Farm Market apple blossoms are super easy to reach and take a closer look at. Park at the farm market and take a short walk up the path to reach the blossoms. They also have cherry, plum, and peach trees, which bloom earlier than apple trees do. It is a wonderful place to take photos with your friends and family. The farm market is open year-round and always has great baked goods and locally made cider in stock.
10362 Highway 1, Wolfville
Noggins Corner Farm Market
Just a short drive from Elderkins is Noggins Corner Farm Market. One of the largest apple u-picks in Nova Scotia, Noggins is still easily reachable being a short drive outside of Wolfville and it is also on a bus route. You will need to take a short walk to reach the orchards to see the blossoms.
10009 Highway 1, Greenwich
Middle Dyke Road, Kentville
Near the lights connecting North Kentville to the New Minas Connector, there are hundreds of apple trees right next to the road. I would not recommend parking on Middle Dyke Road due to the high amount of traffic that travels on that road. It is a nice spot to just drive by with the windows open to smell the fragrant apple blossoms. Stirling Fruit Farm owns these orchards, and the apples can be purchased at their farm market in Greenwich.
Foote Family Farm
There is nothing better than a cup of fresh apple juice after a walk through an orchard, which you can do at Foote Family Farm. Apple juice is pressed on Fridays and is available at their farm stand. They also raise bees in the orchards, so you should ‘bee’ careful if you have a bee allergy.
1972 Woodville Road, Woodville
Johnson’s Stonehenge Farm
Overlooking Lake Pleasant, this apple orchard is a photographer’s dream when its trees are in full blossom. Johnson’s Stonehenge Farm grows a variety of apples. They also offer an ‘Adopt a Tree’ program where you get an adoption certificate and a sign will be placed under your tree, so you can pick your apples in the fall.
2399 Harmony Road, Aylesford
Looking at apple blossoms and drinking wine sounds like a wonderful way to spend a late spring day. Next to Bent Ridge Winery is Daniels U-Pick, where you can spot the blossoms from the vineyard. Spend a relaxing day enjoying freshly brewed craft beers or fantastic wines while you get lost in the fragrant scent of the gorgeous apple blossoms.
4499 Highway 14, Windsor
Dempsey Corner Orchards
Dempsey’s is an iconic place for family fun in the valley. The bakery is open almost year-round. Enjoy a freshly made baked good as you walk through the orchards. While the petting zoo may be closed, you can still watch the farm animals.
2717 Highway 221, Aylesford
Willowbank U-Pick Farm
If Noggins and Elderkins are too crowded for you, take a short drive across the New Minas River to the pretty community of Port Williams to the Willowbank U-Pick Farm. Take a drive or walk through the orchard, and take photos with the pretty apple blossoms. Make sure to post your photos to their Facebook page.
110 Starr’s Point Loop, Port Williams
Indian Garden Farms
The Annapolis Valley is not the only place where you can find apple blossoms. I love to visit Bridgewater’s Indian Garden Farm that is home to an apple orchard that blossoms in the late spring. Make sure to check out their greenhouse for great plants that you can buy and take home with you.
15401 Highway 3, Bridgewater
Have you ever wanted to grow your own apple tree in your yard? Then pick up one at Blomindon Nurseries. Even if you are coming to the Valley to just see the apple blossoms, Blomidon Nurseries is a fun place to stop. Along with taking pictures of the pretty apple blossoms, they also have a huge bright blue Adirondack chair that is a fantastic photo op.
10060 Highway 1, Wolfville
Bring your four-legged furry friends for a relaxing walk through the beautiful blooming apple orchards at Gates U-Pick. This wonderful U-Pick is pet-friendly and the dirt roads are easy to drive along to see the many varieties of apple blossoms in their orchard.
1263 Starrs Point Road, Port Williams