PICK YOUR OWN Apples
Where is the best place in the GTA to get the best apple picking experience? (Include Peel, Durham, York Regions)
Cider, wagons, pies, etc...
If you want the wagons and pie too, then Chudleigh's is your place. It on Halton 25 just north of Milton. I am told they're really good pies too.
9528 HWY. 25, Milton, Ontario, L9T 4N9
Phone: (905) 878-2725
They get busy though. They do school groups. And its a bit far.
I prefer Devlin's Orchard on Warden. I think its between Bloomington and Aurora Rds. It might be between Aurora and Davis. They don't have a wagon (or at least didn't last I was there -- 3/4 years ago). I don't remember pies -- but, I'm not a pie fan so what would I know. They do crush their own cider.
I prefer it because it is quiter and because the orchard is somewhat hemmed in by trees and is secluded and quiet. Chudleigh's was always so communal and festive and busy. Devlin's is little bit of quitude and sanctuary -- an escape from the city.
I'm partial to Ferri's on Heritage Rd. north of Steeles in Brampton. Nice selection, fair prices, no surprises. Good cider, too. Visit them this year since there's a subdivision slated for the orchard areas, alas.Mavis exit on the 401 is the closest connection.
Go to Algoma Apple Orchards in Whitby. You can pick many different varieties and you can even have a tour of the packing facility (much more interesting than you would think). Good bake shop and lots of fun things for kids to do.
Archibalds is great. The adults can do a little wine tasting--some are listed VQA at the LCBO. There is a 9 hole golf course that wouldn't take too long to complete. And, when you are done, or before you start, head straight north one or two concessions and go to the Tyrone Mill for fresh cooked apple/cinnamon donuts. They are often still warm when you get them and melt in your mouth. Plus, the kids can get a little tour of a working, turn of the (last) century mill. Don't forget to try the Macoun apples- they are only available this time of year and they are amazing.
AND, if you are still hungry after all that, head to Enniskillen for a huge Kwaratha Dairies ice cream cone that you can eat at the outdoor picnic tables....and then head back west towards Knox Farms where I believe you can pick up a pumpkin and you might even find a maze the kids can get lost in for a while.
All in all, a pretty good day in the country.
I don't know about best, but there is only one orchard I go to. My parents used to take me there when I was little, and I have never bothered to try any other place. Watson Farms in Bowmanville, has a good selection of apples and they usually have mutsu which is my favorite eating apple.
My parents and I used to go to Carl Laidlaw Orchards
9496 Heritage Rd.
They have great mutsu, red delicious and golden delicious (among many others).
They also have a large wagon, a petting farm and candy and caramel apples and corn on the cob made in a cauldron for sale!
Directions: from Hwy. 401, go N. on Mississauga Rd. to Steeles Ave. Head W. and go S. on Heritage Rd. (the next concession). It's located on the W. side