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15 orchards and farms perfect for apple picking in Montreal

Once fall rolls around, grab a bag and get picking with these orchards and farms with the best apple picking in Montreal

JP Karwacki
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Mallory Frayn
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JP Karwacki
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UPDATE, October 26 2021: Having scoured the outskirts of the island and after asking around our favourite markets, we've decided to revisit the best places for apple picking in Montreal and its surroundings. Everything you see here won't require more than two hours' worth of driving, leaving you more time to enjoy other fall activities.

Nothing says fall in Montreal like a day spent apple picking in Montreal and all the orchards surrounding the island. These are the places that supply the best farmers’ markets in Montreal, u-pick orchards and farms that offer at least a dozen different apple varieties to choose from at varying times of the season in addition to pears, plums and pumpkin picking in the mix. Apple picking season in Montreal is short and sweet for peak freshness, starting in mid-August and ending just before the beginning of November.

A great family activity, a lot of these spots also produce a selection of ciders, so it makes for a great boozy day trip from Montreal too. If you're looking for ideas on what to do with your orchard haul, look to the best bakeries and best restaurants in Montreal for dessert ideas (or just dig into the best pies in Montreal if you're too tired).

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Where to go apple picking in and around Montreal

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

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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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.

Drive time from Montreal: 45 minutes

Growing out of an orchard that was planted back in 1920, the Hemmingford-based Petch Orchards has been providing apples to locals and travellers alike through harsh ice storms and heatwaves alike. A resilient patch of green south of Montreal, they now host picnics in the summer alongside u-picking 24 varieties of apples when the season starts, including rare heirloom apples. They mean business, too; they've got a whole chart to consult about which apples are best when.

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Drive time from Montreal: 1 hour 15 minutes

Apple pies, apple donuts, apple cider, and—oh yeah—picking your own apples. With the orchard open to everyone from late August to late October and a sugar shack going full tily with maple syrup in March and April, you can trust that the owners and operators at Hillpsring not only know how grow a good variety of apple (10,000 trees with 13 varieties to be precise); they know how to cook it up, too.

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