Popular places to pick apples
We've compiled a list of some of the more well-known apple orchards around Montreal
There’s just something about the changing of the leaves and the crisp autumn air that beckons a visit to an orchard. Apple picking is, and has seemingly always been, a quintessential fall activity – right up there with raking up leaves and jumping into the pile, a total must. What better way to enjoy a fall day than getting the family out of the house and into the country. Besides, is there anything more delicious than taking a bite from a perfectly succulent apple plucked right from the tree? I certainly don’t think so.
With plenty of local u-pick orchards nearby, families can enjoy great time without having to go too far out of the way. Here are a list of orchards we suggest you visit this fall:
SOUTH OF MONTREAL
Cidrerie-Verger Léo Boutin
710 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire.
Snuggled in the heart of the Monteregie is Le Verger Leo Boutin, known for its orchard as well as its cider factory. Families can enjoy apple picking, picnics, tractor-drawn wagon rides, and an animal farm. While adults can sample a variety of ciders produced on site. Open all year round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and in September and October from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. About a 40 minute drive from Montreal.
Verger Au Coeur de la Pomme
42 Route 237 N., Frelighsburg
A family-run orchard in Frelighsburgh, families will not only be privy to apple picking but also to the orchard’s very own old-fashioned cider vinegar, jellies, preserves and mustards, which are sure to tickle the taste buds. Moreover, the orchards lets you take a stroll through history as the vinegar mill and boutique are both found inside historic barns built in 1856 and once owned by Quebec Premier Adelard Godbout –you can read all about the history of the farm on different informational panels scattered throughout the site. Or, you could just sit back, relax and have a picnic by the Pike River. It is approximately one hour and 15 minute drive from Montreal.
Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau
575 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire.
This place doubles as an apple orchard and sugar shack. There are several playgrounds for kids, a mini farm, motorized and horse-drawn carriage rides, and a restaurant that serves classic Breton crepes. You might want to try this orchard if you have older kids, because right next to the sugar shack area is an Arbraska forest adventure park (for age 5 and up). You can pick your own apples from July 24 to Oct. 31 everyday of the week between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is approximately a 40-minute drive from Montreal. Season runs from July 24 through October 7.
Vergers Pierre Tremblay et fils
375 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire.
Near Mont St. Grégoire, this orchard has a playground, sandbox and a mini farm, where you can visit Basil Tremblay, a beloved 10-year-old donkey who acts as the orchard’s mascot. Aside from pies, cookies and muffins, the on-site restaurant serves lunch with food like homemade soups and quiches. The Orchard is open from late July until the end of October, during which time you can pick apples everyday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is approximately a 40-minute drive from Montreal.
Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande
154 Rang de la Montagne, Rougemont
A tractor ride will take you to the apple orchard at Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande, where you'll also be able to meet animals in a mini-farm, jump on a giant trampoline and walk through a corn maze. Aside from apples, you can also pick strawberries, pumpkins, tomatoes and more on the site. The Orchard is open from mid-June until the beginning of October, and between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. you can pick apples or participate in the activities for as long as you want. It is approximately a 45-minute drive from Montreal.
WEST OF MONTREAL
2495 Perrot Blvd. S., Notre Dame de l’Île-Perrot.
Quinn Farm in Notre Dame de L'Ile Perrot has a barn full of animals to visit, a small maze made out of bales of hay, and sausages on homemade buns from the barbecue. Added perk, weekends between Sept. 15 and Oct. 8 are fall festival days, which means plenty of tractor and pony rides, live music and more. Apple picking is offered every day between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from September to October. It is approximately a 45-minute drive from Montreal.
Le Verger Labonté
2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot.
This Notre Dame de I'Ile Perrot orchard has a playground area, mini-farm, and corn mazes set up for kids of different age groups (some are short, some take a long time) including special Halloween mazes on October 24. Bring your own picnic. Begins Aug. 19, hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekend. It is approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal. Take a peek at our guided tour of this farm.
Vergers Écologiques Philion
389 Route 202, Hemmingford.
A little outside the country village of Hemmingford, Philion Ecological Orchards boasts a variety of apples available for you-pick. There are also picnic tables located throughout the orchards, so pack a lunch and enjoy a nice afternoon. Moreover there are guided tours, walking paths in the woods and tractor rides. Season runs from late August to mid-October. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., about an hour’s drive outside Montreal.
1019 Route 202, Franklin Centre.
This fun orchard offers free face painting for children select days in September and October. Moreover as of this year the orchard’s park features new game structures, swings, slides, and a huge sandbox for kids to enjoy. Come and pick apples, play inflatable games, visit a mini-farm and enjoy animation and walking paths. Apple season runs from August 25 to October 21, Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday upon reservation. An hour and 15 minute car ride from the city.
Maniadakis Organic Orchard
1150 Route 209, Franklin Centre
Maniadakis Organic Orchard is found in the Franklin Centre. It boasts a massive wooden castle, with sand in and around it for kids to play in. Visitors can also climb to the top of the castle for a beautiful view. Beyond apples, the orchard also has 7 varieties of pears, which you can also pick. The Season runs from the beginning of August to the end of October. The orchard is only open weekends in August, but September through October you can pick apples from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. It’s an hour and 15-minute trip southwest of Montreal.
NORTH OF MONTREAL
La Magie de la Pomme
925 Fresnière, St. Eustache.
This orchard is on Ferme Dubeault & Fils and apart from apple picking, there is also a sugar shack, as well as more than 100 varieties of pumpkin and squash. Upon arriving children will be welcomed by Princess Api, the farm’s mascot, get to taste homemade apple bread, watch a puppet show, visit a mini-farm, and of course pick apples. Apple picking is offered September through December from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
223 rang Sainte-Sophie, Oka
The orchard’s name is a play on the owner’s name and the French word for apple juice, jus de pomme, which hints at the light-hearted atmosphere you’ll find at Jude Pomme. Here, families can pick from 30 varieties of apples, as well as collect pears and plums, take a tractor rides, or have a picnic. Moreover, upon arrival you get to sample the apples, plums, and pears that are currently in harvest. Open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. all week from August to the end of October. It is approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
Verger Chocolaterie Pommalefun
1673 Principal Rd., St. Joseph-du-Lac
Verger Chocholaterie Pommalefun has numerous activities that kids are sure to enjoy, such as tractor rides, storytime with Marie Quatre Pomme, a mini-farm, a duck pond, and a picnic area. Moreover families can sample free samples of the farm’s products. Picking season runs from the beginning of September to Oct. 20, everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
649 Principal Rd., St. Joseph du Lac
Beyond apple picking Verger Lacroix has some fun activities for little ones, such as classic tractor rides, a hay maz, a playground, a mini farm, as well as amusing theatre shows at the THEATROPOM. Enjoy a day of tastings and entertainment. Season runs from August to the end of October, everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It takes one-hour by car to get there from Montreal.
EAST OF MONTREAL
Verger du Flanc Nord
835 Rouillard Rd., Mont St. Hilaire.
La Verger du Flanc Nord: Found in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, Verger du Flanc Nord is the ideal place to spend some family time. The orchard boasts a wide variety of apples, as well as a space for picnics and a play area. Furthermore, kids can go on tractor rides and check out the animal farm, while adults will most likely enjoy the terrace and artisanal ice ciders offered on site. Open mid-August to the end of October from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 45-minute drive from Montreal.
For those wondering about where to find organic apple orchards near Montreal, you can use the search function on the Directory of Quebec Certified Organic Products. You specify the area and type of farm you're looking for.
One of the organic apple farms that might be worth your while is Maniadakis Organic Orchard in Franklin Centre. It boasts a massive wooden castle, with sand in and around it for kids to play in. Visitors can also climb to the top of the castle for a beautiful view. 1:15 minute trip southwest of Montreal. Another recommendation is organic farm Verger aux Quatres Vents in Henryville, which is an hour’s drive south of Montreal.
* Information updated August, 2018