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12 spots near Montreal where you can go apple picking

There is something about 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. Thankfully, there are plenty of local u-pick orchards nearby, families don’t have to go too far to enjoy the country air and some crisp, juicy apples this fall.


Hillspring Orchards

1019 Route 202, Franklin Centre.
Approximately an hour and 15 minutes from Montreal.
U-pick apples starting September 3, 2022, until the end of October.

With 10,000 trees and 13 varieties of apples, you’re sure to find something for all taste buds. (My favourite: Honey Crisp!). Besides the fun of picking your own fruit, the orchard has a mini farm with animals, a corn maze, inflatable games, swings, slides, a large sandbox and a giant jumping pad, a treasure hunt game through the orchard, walking trails, and tractor rides. vergershillspring.com

Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande 

154 Rang de la Montagne, Rougemont.
Approximately a 45-minute drive from Montreal.
Open early August to end of October. From 8 a.m to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call the farm to see what apple varieties are in season.

A tractor ride will take you to the apple orchard at Potager Mont-Rouge Halte Gourmande, where you’ll also be able to see animals on a mini-farm, wander the corn maze, jump on a giant trampoline, and enjoy the picnic area.  Visit the country shop to taste their specialties and buy local products prepared with the crops from the fields. A wide selection of picked fruits and vegetables are also on sale. As well as apples, they also have about fifty varieties of tomatoes, sweet yellow corn, okra, eggplant, pepper varieties, and much more available to pick.  pmrhaltegourmande.ca

Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau 

575 Rang de la Montagne, Mont St. Grégoire.
Approximately a 45-minute drive from Montreal.
Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s best to call ahead to see which varieties are ready to pick.

This place doubles as an apple orchard and sugar shack. There are several playgrounds for kids, walking trails, a mini farm, cider tasting, as well as motorized and horse-drawn carriage rides. Families might find this orchard particularly appealing as next to the sugar shack area is the Arbraska forest adventure park and the new-in-2022 Uplå aerial attraction. vergersdc.qc.ca/home/en

Verger Au Coeur de la Pomme

42 Route 237 North, Frelighsburg
Approximately a one hour and 15-minute drive from Montreal.
The boutique and orchard are open to the public from Thursday to Sunday, from mid-August, 2022 to mid-November. U-pick starts in early September.

At this historic 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, mustards and apple doughnuts. You can take a stroll through the renovated vinegar mill and boutique that are both found inside historic barns built in 1856 and once owned by Quebec Premier Adelard Godbout – read all about the history of the farm on different informational panels scattered throughout the site. Or, you can just sit back, relax and have a picnic by the Pike River. aucoeurdelapomme.ca


Quinn Farm 

2495 Perrot Blvd. S., Notre Dame de l’Île-Perrot.
Approximately a 30-minute drive from Montreal.
Open for apple picking from Aug. 20 to the beginning of October. Opening hours are Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations must be made (up to one week ahead) before visiting the animal barn, playground and for u-pick activities.

Quinn Farm has a barn full of animals to visit, a small cedar maze and a large play yard with giant slides, tricycles and tractors to play on. Make sure to check out their farm shop where you can buy local delicacies, apple pies and crumbles, and all manner of fresh produce. Admission price (for everyone 2 and over) includes a wagon ride, access to the fields, animal and play yard. quinnfarm.qc.ca

Le Verger Labonté 

2291 Perrot Blvd., Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot.
Approximately a 30-minute drive from Montreal.
U-pick apples start August 24, 2022 until they run out. Everyday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This orchard has a playground area, mini-farm, and corn mazes set up for kids of different ages and adults.  Families can bring their own picnic or take advantage of their onsite café that is open Wednesday to Sunday. Before leaving, make sure to grab some apple muffins and cider to take home. vergerlabonte.com

Le Verger de Hudson Bio

839 Main St., Hudson.
Approximately a 40-minute drive from Montreal.
U-Pick is available as of September 3, 2022. Open 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

You’ll find over 12 varieties of organic apples, many of them rare, as well as pears, plums, Saskatoon berries, and garlic. Visit the orchard to explore the trees, see the bee hives, and enjoy a picnic from home at one of the tables. You can also shop for fine foods, home goods, and craft orchard products in the farm shop. vergerbiologique.ca

Vergers Écologiques Philion 

389 Route 202, Hemmingford.
Approximately a  one hour drive from Montreal.
Open August 20, 2022 to mid-October. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

A little outside Hemmingford, Philion Ecological Orchards boasts a variety of apples and pears available to pick. There are also picnic tables located throughout the orchard for families who want to pack their own lunch. Guided tours, as well as walking paths in the woods are available. vergersphilion.com


Cidrerie Lacroix

649 Chemin Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
The apple picking season runs from mid-August, 2022 to the end of October. Open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The beautiful orchard is home to 7,000 apple trees and 20 different varieties. Families can play and wander through the trees, hang out in the kids’ playground, see the animals, and buy a lunch, ciders, and amazing donuts at the shop. cidrerielacroix.com/en

La Magie de la Pomme

925 Fresnière, St. Eustache.
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
Open Sept. 3, 2022 to the end of October. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week

This orchard offers a wide variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. Take a tractor ride, visit the mini-farm, enjoy gourmet treats and a beer and cider bar. There’s also a mouthwatering donut shop, a boutique with local products, a playground, a picnic area, and of course apple and pumpkin picking. For more information visit lamagiedelapomme.com

Jude Pomme 

223 rang Sainte-Sophie, Oka
Approximately a one-hour drive from Montreal.
Open from mid-August 2022 to the end of October. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

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. Families can pick from more than 30 varieties of apples, as well as collect pears and plums, or have a picnic. judepomme.com

Verger La tête dans les pommes 

1673 Chemin Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac
Approximately 45 minutes from Montreal.
Open from August 20, 2022 to October 23, every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

La tête dans les pommes orchard doesn’t use chemical pesticides and is certified organic. There are more than 25 varieties of apples to discover, free tastings, a small farm, areas for picnics, play houses among the apple trees, playgrounds for kids, face painting on weekends, a rustic store and more. latetedanslespommes.ca

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