Autumn is unquestionably the prettiest time of year here in Ontario, and what better way to bask in the beauty of the season than by roaming our abundant apple orchards? You don’t have to travel outside of the GTA to pick colourful apples with nothing but sprawling fields and charming farmhouses in sight. These spots are ideal for a Sunday afternoon in the crisp autumn air. Now all you need are your boots, blanket scarf and pie ingredients at the ready.

Here are 9 of the best apple orchards near Toronto that you have to this fall.

Downey’s Apple Farm

It’s not just pumpkins this place has mastered! Stop by here for delicious apple picking all autumn long. There’s no entry fee or reservation required, so this spot is perfect for a spur-of-the-moment fall afternoon. But, if you’d rather wait for your apple variety of choice to be ripe and ready for picking, you can take a look at the farm’s harvest calendar and plan your visit accordingly.

Where: 13707 Heart Lake Rd, Caledon, Ontario

Chudleigh’s

Come for the apples but stay for all the other amazing fall events and activities this place has got going on. You can definitely make a whole day out of a trip to Chudlegih’s Farm. Once you’ve picked your apples, explore the farm grounds for a ton of play areas (for the little ones), farm animals, nature trails, and a music show among the orchards at night. You can see the full schedule here.

Where: 9528 Regional Rd 25, Halton Hills, Ontario

Watson Farms

You’ll go home with more than just apples at Watson Farms — there’s pears, squash, and pumpkin you can pick too! The website lists the opening season dates of all their products, including tons of delicious varieties of apples. Plus, there’s photo stations, petting zoos and wagon rides for you to check out while you’re there.

Where: 2287 Hwy 2 Bowmanville, Ontario

Archibald’s Orchard & Estate Winery

This apple orchard is surrounded by picturesque country views and vineyards, so if you love wine, you’ll have a lot to keep you entertained here. There are nearly 10,000 trees in the orchard and many varieties of juicy apples, plus a market full of freshly made cider, baked goods, and preserves. Yum!

Where: 6275 Liberty St N, Bowmanville, Ontario

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Albion Orchards

This beautiful spot was featured in Chatelaine Magazine as one of the top four apple orchards in the country, so you know this one’s a great choice. They’ve got a ton of apple varieties available for picking right now. They also have an online guide on each type to make your experience a little easier, and recipes on their website to get you inspired.

Where: 14800 Innis Lake Rd, Caledon, Ontario

Applewood Farm

This gorgeous farm has been a staple in Stouffville for the past fifty years. Folks from all over stop by to experience the charming atmosphere and abundant orchards. This year, head to Applewood to indulge in their 32 acres of apple crops. Plus, pumpkin picking, wagon rides, and a corn maze!

Where: 12416 McCowan Rd, Stouffville, Ontario

Pine Farms Orchard

This lovely farm just a few minutes north of Canada’s Wonderland is dog-friendly, as long as you keep your companion on a leash. There are so many varieties to pick at these orchards, and you’ll want to save some room in your shopping bags for all the products for sale at the market, brimming with local produce, ready-picked apples, fresh-pressed cider, and more. There’s also a cafe that sells pastries, coffee, tea, and lunch.

Where: 2700 16th Side Road, King, Ontario

Dixie Orchards

This great location has hazelnut groves and pumpkin patches along with their sprawling apple orchards. You can access all of it for a tiny entry fee of $3 per person. Reservations aren’t required for just apple picking but are recommended if you want to experience the rest of what the farm has to offer, like wagon rides and sunflower fields.

Where: 14309 Dixie Rd, Inglewood, Ontario

Willis Family Fruit Farm

This farm has “the best apples on the planet,” according to visitors, and we’re definitely tempted to find out for ourselves. This year, the farm boasts a “beautiful bumper crop” of apples in every variety you could dream of. They’re even bringing back historic heritage apples this season, including Northern Spy, Snow, Spartan, Wealthy, and Cox Orange Pippin. Needless to say, apple enthusiasts will have a field day here!

Where: 6063 Fifth Line, Milton, Ontario