Late summer to fall is a great time to go apple picking and there are many farms in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area where you can pick a variety of apples – from Crimson Crisp to Ginger Gold.
**Call ahead for best picking times and availability**
I. U-Pick Apple Orchards in Durham Region
1. Pingle’s Farm Market
Pingle’s Farm Market brings high-quality farm-fresh food & lots of fun to the Durham Region! Pingle’s Farm is located on 148 acres of land and hosts various pick-your-own apples, pumpkin & sunflower experiences, alongside their famous corn maze and year-round farm market. The pick-your-own experience kicks off in the late summer, with apples, pumpkins & fall raspberries.
2020 U-pick dates TBA; Farm Market: Monday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
Address: 1805 Taunton Rd. E., RR 1 Hampton (Directions)
Phone: (905) 725 6089
2. Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery
PYO Apples at Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery has become a tradition for many folks who visit the orchard. This is easily understandable as the place has almost 10,000 apple trees in their orchard, with many apple varieties, delicious apple-themed treats and ciders to choose from.
U-Pick Apples: From Early September.
Winery hours are Friday to Sunday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Cost: There is a minimum purchase of one half bushel (20 lb.) – $40. Bags are provided.
RR 5, 6275 Liberty St.N. Bowmanville (Directions)
3. Algoma Orchards
Algoma Orchards is a massive apple orchard with over 1600 acres sprawling all over the Durham Region! Algoma is Canada’s leader in everything apple-related: apple farming, packing, and juice bottling. Though there are no you pick options, there is a Gourmet Market that is open year-round with apples and seasonal goods!
Farm Market: 9 AM to 6 PM
Address: 201 Regional Rd. 42 Newcastle (Directions)
4. Watson Farms
Watson Farms offers the following apple varieties: Gingergold, Macintosh Gala, Honeycrisp, Empire, Mutsu (Crispin), Fuji, Cortland, Ambrosia, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and Northern Spy. The farm also offers strawberries, peas, raspberries, beans, apples, pumpkins and Bartlett pears.
Hours: Re-opening September 2020. Hours TBA
Address: 2287 HWY 2 Bowmanville (Directions)
Crop Report Phone: 905-623-7252
5. Nature’s Bounty Farm
Soak in the beauty of your surroundings on a self-guided nature walk around the property and visit the sheep in the pasture. Challenge the young ones to a race through the obstacle course and navigate the corn maze. Enjoy a picnic on the lawn and finish off with a glass of fresh cider. Nature’s Bounty Farm has over 25 acres of apple orchard with two unique categories of apple varieties: their Classic Apples, which they describe as being well suited to their growing conditions and produce a large crop each year. And their Premium Apples which require more time and energy to grow but are prized for their unique flavors and appearance. Classic Apples include everything from Salalia to Idared while Premium Apples only include Honeycrisp, Ambrosia and Golden Russet apples. You can also trek out into the pumpkin patch and pick your perfect pumpkin.
Hours: Opening date & hours will be announced when the September 2020 Harvest starts
Cost: No Admission fee.
Address: 651 Scugog Line 2, Port Perry (Directions)
Phone: (905) 985-2096
II. U-Pick Apple Orchards in York Region
1. Organics Family Farm
Organics Family Farm is a health-conscious farm that has been offering fresh and organic apples, ready picked vegetables, healthy organic farm market & wood-fired bakery for you to enjoy since 2001. The 2020 season the family farm will be offering a wide variety of apples including Empire, Spencer, Honey Gold, Crimson Crisp and delicious Ginger Gold apples.
Apple Season Begins Friday, September 4th and Usually Runs Until the Thanksgiving Weekend
Cost: $12 per person 3 years old and up to enter the orchard. This price includes a 5lb bag of pick your own apples.
2. Applewood Farm and Winery
Applewood Farm is a family-owned business that allows you to pick your own apples and drink from their amazing winery in Stouffville Ontario. The farm is a great and welcoming destination for the whole family where you can come and spend a while under the Applewood tree.
Opens on September 5 for Apple Picking
Wednesday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 5pm
Friday 11am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm)
Sunday 9am – 5pm (last admission at 4pm)
Thanksgiving Monday 9am – 4pm (last admission at 3pm)
Cost: Pick-your-own apples are $25 per 20 pound bag or $15 per 10 pound bag (paid for at entry).
Address: 12416 McCowan Rd. Stouffville (Directions)
3. Apples of Glasgow
The farm Apples of Glasgow offers you a relaxing weekend spent under the apple orchard where you can pick crisp and tart McIntosh, sweet Red Delicious, and Empire apples.
Hours: PYO Apple hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 4 PM during harvest – September & October
Customers are able to make appointments to pick apples during the week by emailing the farm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cost: No entrance fee. Buy your 10-pound apple bag for $25 onsite.
Address: 2249 Concession 2, Stouffville (Directions)
4. Pine Farms Orchard
Pine Farms Orchard is offering a wide variety of different breeds for the 2020 U – Pick season apples including Melba, Paula Red, Jonagold, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Russet and Northern Spy.
From August to Thanksgiving Weekend
Monday & Tuesday, 10–5
Wednesday through Sunday, 9–5
Open Holiday Mondays
Admission to the orchard for pick your own is $5.00 per person. Children 2 and under free. Admission is charged from Friday of Labour Day Weekend to Thanksgiving Monday inclusive during harvest.
PYO COST: Pick your own apples are weighed by the pound at 1.99/lb. You must pay for what you pick.
Address: 2700 16th Sideroad King City (Directions)
5. Brooks Farms
Farm Market Hours: Open Daily 8am – 6pm
Pick your own apples: From September.
5lb bag $15, 10lb bag $25, 20lb bag $42.00 (Apple Bags are provided)
122 Ashworth Rd, RR 3 Mount Albert (Directions)
6. Homestead Orchards
Homestead Orchards grow over twenty varieties of apples from Ida Red to Ida Red. Apples are available fresh picked in the farm store, and you can also pick them at accessible Pick Your Own Orchard.
During 2020 PYO is not available. Call before you go.
Apple picking available from Late August to October.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday – Closed
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday – 10 AM – 4 PM
Address: 3961 Old Homestead Road, Georgina (Directions)
7. JC Agri Orchards
JC Agri is a family-run orchard offering a beautiful selection of apples available as pick your own or readily picked.
Hours: Opening September 12, 2020
Cost: No Admission fee. Apples are sold by the pound. Bags are sold at a cost of .50 cents each.
Address: 3105 16th Sideroad, King City (Directions)
III. U-Pick Apple Orchards in Peel Region
1. Dixie Orchards
The Dixie Orchards apple farm offers a variety of fruit and activities for the whole family. The farm offers PYO apples, hazelnuts and pumpkins. As well as offering a corn maze, wagon rides, a marketplace and a sunflower field.There’s a variety of activities to keep everyone in the family entertained!
Hours: Apple picking will begin at the very end of August.
Open from Sept 1 to November 1, 7 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm
Cost: Admission fee of $3.00/person age 3 & older.
Address: 14309 Dixie Rd. Caledon (Directions)
2. Downey’s Strawberry & Apple Farm
Downey’s Farm is a 215-acre farm that has been owned and operated by the Downey family since 1920. The farm is located on Heart Lake Road, North of Brampton where it provides the freshest apples, strawberries, raspberries, sweet corn, squash and pumpkins for you to pick directly from its fields.
Apple picking opens August 28 until October 31.| 9 AM – 5:30 PM
There is no entrance fee to enter the orchard. A minimum of $5.00 of apples is to be picked per person.
Pick-Your-Own Price: 10lb bag for $20 (max 4 people per bag) or 20lb bag for $35 (max 7 people per bag). Bags/backpacks from home are not permitted in the orchard!
Address: 13707 Heart Lake Rd, Caledon (Directions)
3. Albion Orchards
Deemed by Chatelaine Magazine and the Food Network as one of the top four apple orchards in Canada, apple picking at Albion Orchard is an amazing way for families to spend time together and buying fruit right off the farm ensures your family gets some of the freshest produce in Ontario. Albion Orchards has several varieties of apples available for picking in late summer and fall.
Wed-Fri: 10 AM – 6 PM
Sat & Sun 10 AM – 5 PM
PYO is open: 10 AM – 4 PM (Weekends & Holidays)
Cost: $18 for 10 lb bags (maximum 2 people to share a 10 lb bag) and $28 for a 20 lb bag (maximum 4 people to share a 20 lb bag).
Address: 14800 Innis Lake Rd, Caledon (Directions)
4. Carl Laidlaw Orchards
Carl Laidlaw Orchards is a 7th generation farm. that grows over 20 varieties of apples and 3 types of pears, and offers a simple, charming country experience for guests. Their 100 acres of farmland is nestled in the gorgeous credit river valley and is described by many as being just lovely! The farm also has loads of amazing activities for both you and your family!
Open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays in September and October, 9-5 each day.
Address: 9496 Heritage Rd, Brampton (Directions)
Phone: (905) 456-2095
5. Big R’ Apple Farm
The Big R’ Apple Farm is a farm with a story and some amazing produce! The Big R’ Apple Farm offers a variety of produce including apples, pears, strawberries, sweet corn, spinach and lots of other vegetables. The apples will be ready in September and the varieties include: Empire, Fortune, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Jona Gold, McIntosh, Mutsu, Northern Spy, Red Delicious, Royal Gala and Wealthy.
8am–1pm (or until they are picked out)
8am-12pm (or until they are picked out)
Address: 8674 Heritage Road Brampton (Directions)
Phone: (647) 929-5408
IV. U-Pick Apple Orchards in Halton Region
1. Willis Family Fruit Farm
The Willis Family Fruit Farm offers a wide variety of apples including Honeycrisp, Gingergold, MacIntosh, and Royal Gala, Ambrosia, Jonagold, Macoun, Mutsu, Cortland, Golden Russet, Spartan, Snow, Red and Golden Delicious.
Open weekends (and holiday Mondays) in September and October.
Address: 6063 Fifth Line, Milton (Directions)
2. Chudleigh’s Apple Farm
Chudleigh’s Apple Farm is a place for families to select their own apples, while savoring the bliss that can come with country life. The apples at Chudleigh come in 22 different varieties and has over 47,500 trees across 60 acres in our orchard.
Hours: August 21 to Late October, 2020
Cost: Timed tickets: Adult $15, Child (4 – 13)/Senior (65+) $13, Infant Free
Address: 9528 Regional Road #25 Milton (Directions)
V. U-Pick Apple Orchards in Hamilton & Brant
1. Puddicombe Farms
Puddicombe Estate Farms, Winery and Cider is a family-owned farm where you can enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful scenery of the countryside. The farm offers a wide range of PYO apple varieties including Ambrosia, Cortland, Empire, Fuji and Gala. The venue also offers a wide range of activities centred around their farm, estate and winery including tasting tours and train rides. In September during Apple-lee Fun Weekends enjoy P.Y.O Apples, live entertainment, children’s village, fall harvest train rides, 3 wine/cider tastings, juice tasting, campfire & marshmallow roast, fall craft, and kids’ bouncy fun.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 9 AM-5 PM
Apple-lee Fun Weekends: September 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th 2020 | October 3rd, 4th 2020
Address: 1468 #8 Hwy, 1468 #8 Highway Winona, Hamilton (Directions)
2. The Apple Orchard
Enjoy a fun-filled farm experience with the entire family at The Apple Orchard that features over 10,000 apple and pear trees. While here, enjoy wagon rides, animals, pumpkin/squash patch, sunflower fields, corn maze, and more!
Hours: Monday, Thursday to Sunday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Admission – $4.40 to $6.20
All types of Apples & Pears – $1.65/pound
Address: 1668 ON-6, Hamilton (Directions)
3. Carluke Orchards
A third-generation farm, Carluke Orchards features a Bakery and Gourmet Food Market and has 13 apple varieties available, as well as pick your own pumpkins.
Hours: U-Pick and Farm Market open 7 days a week starting Sept 1, 2020
Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM
Address: 2194 Shaver Road S.
4. Brantview Apples & Cider
The Brantview Apples & Cider orchard has been in production for almost 200 years, where they have been harvesting the land and supplying quality apples, cider and baked goods till today. The farm offers up to 20 varieties a season as well as offering a wide variety of apple themed sweets and treats.
Hours: U-Pick and Farm Market open 7 days a week starting Sept 1, 2020
Mon-Sat: 9 am – 6 pm
Sun: 9 am – 5 pm
Address: 225 Howell Rd., St. George (Directions)
5. Orchard Home Farm
Orchard Home Farm is a family-run 80 acre apple and pear orchard that has been in the family since 1949. The farm is committed to growing great apples, providing great value and quality family time. Some of the different apples the farm offers are: McIntosh, Braeburn, Mutsu, Ambrosia, and Fuji. In addition to the delicious apples and pears, the farm also sells items like honey, maple syrup, squash, caramel sauce, sparkling cider and apple pies from their bakery.
Hours: Open from mid-August to mid-November, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm daily including weekends and holidays
Address: 235 Howell Rd. St. George (Directions)