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Apple Picking / Faire de la cueillette de pommes
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The best apple picking in Montreal in orchards near and far

Once fall rolls around, make the most of the season by visiting the best apple picking in Montreal—it’s all within reach

By Mallory Frayn
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Nothing says fall like a day spent apple picking in an orchard near Montreal. Rather than pick this crop from the best farmers’ markets in Montreal, consider that the city is surrounded by u-pick orchards on all sides, with most offering at least a dozen different apple varieties to choose from in addition to pears, plums and pumpkins in the mix. While apple picking can be a great family activity, a lot of these spots also produce a selection of ciders, so it makes for a great day trip from Montreal no matter who you are. Remember that apple picking season also means peak freshness, so keep an eye out for apples on the menus of the best bakeries and best restaurants in Montreal.

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Where to go apple picking in and around Montreal

Paradis des Fruits
Photograph: Kelly Sikkema

1. Paradis des Fruits

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Located near the town of Dunham in the Eastern Townships is Paradis des Fruits, a literal paradise for pick-your-own fruit throughout the seasons. Come fall though, apples reign supreme, with 22 different types on offer. Its location is also the perfect excuse to make a day trip and enjoy the wine tasting in the region as well.

Verger Du Flanc Nord
Photograph: Verger Du Flanc Nord

2. Verger du Flanc Nord

Drive time from Montreal: 45 minutes

Located east of Montreal in Mont-Saint-Hilaire is Verger du Flanc Nord. With apple picking available from mid-August to mid-October and pumpkins from September to October, there’s plenty of time to get in on the fall festivities. Don’t forget to check out their selection of ice ciders that they have been producing since 2011.

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Verger Lacroix
Photograph: Jasmine Raybon

3. Verger Lacroix

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

West of Montreal in Saint-Joseph-du-Lac is Verger et Cidrerie Lacroix, because the only thing better than apples for eating are apples for drinking. Once you’ve had your fill with the u-pick, be sure to stock up on award-winning dry, sparkling and ice cider. Their Lacroix 1er Gel is made from late harvest apples picked after the first frost and is the ideal balance of sweet and aromatic.

La Magie de la Pomme
Photograph: La Magie de la Pomme / @lamagiedelapomme

4. La Magie de la Pomme

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Located west of the city near Saint-Eustache is La Magie de la Pomme. A family operation with over 200 years of history in the area, they offer something for all ages including apple donuts for the kids and cider for the adults. The property is also home to a sugar shack, so even if you visit in fall, stocking up on maple syrup is a must.

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Verger Richard Legault
Photograph: Pelle Martin

5. Verger Richard Legault

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Another orchard near Saint-Joseph-du-Lac is Verger Richard Legault. Offering u-pick since 1979, both apples and pumpkins are available here. You can also make a day of it with one of their packages which includes apple picking, a farm visit and a picnic to fuel up afterwards. Whether you love or hate them, they also produce brussels sprouts, so grab some of those too.

Labonté De La Pomme
Photograph: Labonté De La Pomme / @labontedelapomme

6. Labonté De La Pomme

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

A bit farther afield, just north of Oka, is Labonté De La Pomme. It’s both an apple orchard and a honey producer, so it’s to come with your sweet tooth at the ready. Check out their apple shack which follows the concept of a sugar shack, but with apples as the star ingredient. Menu items include offerings that range from their apple, maple and honey sausage to Applewood-smoked rainbow trout.

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Verger Chocolaterie Pommalefun
Photograph: Verger Chocolaterie Pommalefun / @latetedanslespommes

7. Verger Chocolaterie Pommalefun

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

As the name suggests, this spot to the west of Montreal is part apple orchard, part chocolate factory. Start your day by hand picking from their 25+ varieties of apples and finish off by treating yourself to chocolate treats like their chocolate covered apples. Ciders are also available, and their on-site café features an apple-oriented menu with sweet and savoury options.

Jude-Pomme
Photograph: Joanna Stołowicz

8. Jude-Pomme

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Oka’s Jude-Pomme offers both apple and pear u-pick from August to October each year. For those who prefer stone fruits, they also uniquely grow eight different varieties of plums that are available for harvesting from August to early October. Stock up on a bit of everything and you can get to work on your own homemade preserves, or just snacking where you stand.

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La Ferme Quinn / Quinn Farm
Photograph: Jen Theodore

9. Quinn Farm

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Just west of the island of Montreal is Quinn Farm, situated near Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot. Not only can you pick your own apples, sweet corn is also available until the end of August. If you’re visiting with kids, no day at the farm would be complete without saying hi to the animals and checking out their play area with mazes and other activities.

Verger Au Coeur de la Pomme
Photograph: Joanna Nix

10. Verger Au Coeur de la Pomme

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour 30 minutes

Au Coeur de la Pomme is south-east of Montreal in Frelighsburg in the Eastern Townships. Grab apples to go or pick them yourself, but don’t neglect to check out their homemade apple cider vinegar and selection of apple-based preserves. U-pick begins in early September, while their boutique and orchard are open to the public (pay for what you pick, obviously) from mid-August to mid-November.

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Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau
Photograph: Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau

11. Vergers et Cidrerie Denis Charbonneau

Drive time from Montreal: 45 minutes

Mont-Saint-Grégoire is home to this apple orchard and cidery located to the east of Montreal. With almost 30,000 trees growing more than 15 different apple varieties, you can take your time finding your favourites. Sparkling and ice ciders are available here, as well as a creperie that offers Breton crêpes—many of which are filled with apples, of course.

Cidrerie-Verger Léo Boutin
Photograph: Natalie Grainger

12. Cidrerie-Verger Léo Boutin

Drive time from Montreal: 45 minutes

Cidrerie-Verger Léo Boutin near Mont-Saint-Grégoire has been around since 1980 and features u-pick apples throughout the late summer into mid-fall. They also make over ten different kinds of cider and other fruit-based spirits, including both ice and sparkling ciders as well as a pear wine and blackcurrant liqueur. Hungry? You can get a country-style meal featuring Breton crêpes to refuel.

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Vergers Écologiques Philion
Photograph: Tyler Rutherford

13. Vergers Écologiques Philion

Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour

Straight south of Montreal in the town of Hemmingford is where you’ll find Vergers Écologiques Philion. U-pick your way through over 15 different types of apples, Flemish Beauty pears and Mount Royal plums. Don’t miss out on their small but award-winning selection of ice cider and pear ice wine.

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