The apple trees may be covered in a blanket of snow, but don’t let that stop you from discovering the orchards and delicious treats at Domaine Lafrance in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac.
The cidery located near Oka has opened up trails throughout its property for the enjoyment of all, and for free.
Lace up your hiking boots and take a walk on one of the two trails; flat groomed paths that traverse the orchard, or a more challenging snowshoe hike in the nearby forested mountains. If your little ones get tired after a few metres, sleds or strollers can easily handle the flat terrain of the orchards. Cross-country skiing and fat bikes are also allowed, just bring your own equipment. The site also provides an outside fire to thaw your hands and toes, and roast marshmallows, with sticks at your disposal.
Before heading out, you can grab a cider for the walk or purchase some local products for a snowy picnic. Choose from fresh sandwiches, caramelized onion and apple pizza on focaccia bread, veggie calzones, their famous apple donuts, pastries, cider products, and apples, which are available all year round.
Contact info: 1473 chemin Principal, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, J0N 1M0
Schedule: Wednesday to Friday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Fridays to Sundays is when you can get special treats outside like tir-sur-la-neige and cotton candy!
For up-to-date details on what’s available on the weekends, follow the Facebook page or send them a message.
Price: Entrance to the orchards is free whether you are hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing.
Dogs are permitted but need to be on a leash.
All photos: Christine Latreille
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