Willow View Farms, BC
Nestled in the Fraser Valley, Willow View Farms offers hayrides, a petting zoo, and a cider-filled Apple Days Festival during the last two weekends of September. Fresh berry season culminates in late July, and Willow View Farms re-open for apple picking business as of September 1. The season kicks off with Gala apples and Bartlett pears. A week later, apples like Elstar and Honeycrisp (the sweetest!) are up for grabs. As a family-owned and operated establishment (and one of the most popular apple picking spots in the country), they sure know how to provide fun for the whole family.
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Apple Land Station, ON
Apple Land Station‘s “train theme” is both kitschy and functional. Catering primarily to the school kid demographic, L-train replicas run all throughout their apple orchards and corn mazes, while educators enlighten passengers on their various apple varieties and how to correctly pick them. However, parents aren’t forgotten in this sweet equation. Freshly baked pies and homemade fudge are for sale, just in case the apple’s sweetness doesn’t quite do the trick!
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La Magie de la Pomme, QC
The name translates to “the magic of apples”, and this orchard in St. Eustache sure has plenty of charm. Let Princess Api accompany you on a tractor ride to pick apples all season and pumpkins throughout October (it’s autumn’s it veggie, whether starring in pies or lattes), while her puppet Miss Pommette chimes in with more educational goodness through games and songs. Once the kids have had their fill, ask the staff for directions to their partners over at an agro-tourist joint ten minutes away to sample wines made from maple syrup.