Whether you’re heading east from Toronto to Ottawa or vice versa, you’ve most likely seen this massive roadside attraction along the 401. If you haven’t, it’s really not hard to miss. It just so happens to be Colborne, Ontario’s pride and joy – The Big Apple. This small town is next on our list and a must-visit even just for the day.
Colborne is located about an hour and a half east of Toronto and almost a three-hour drive from Ottawa. Home to a number of cute shops, farms, a historical park, and more, Colborne is the perfect day trip or even pit stop between Toronto and Kingston.
According to Northumberland Tourism, Colborne and the Township of Cramahe are known for their “prime position” along Ontario’s Apple Route. It’s a scenic countryside filled with orchards and communities that have “enjoyed a rich agricultural history that brought both prosperity and continuity,” per the Township of Cramahe.
That being said, you’ll know you’ve arrived in Colborne when you see The Big Apple with a nice big ol’ smile. According to Northumberland Tourism, it is the largest apple structure in the world.
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“Take a selfie in front of the 12 m-tall (35 ft) ‘Mr. Applehead’, or climb the stairs inside to the observation deck,” shares the site.
This giant smiling fruit is more than just a pretty face and a photo op, it’s the ultimate destination for all things sweet and apple-related.
The Big Apple prides itself on serving handmade pies, breads, and pastries that are free of preservatives and artificial flavours. Stop by for some grub at their restaurant and stock up on the sweets.
And in the warmer seasons, they offer mini golf, a petting zoo, ping pong, a children’s train ride, and a carousel – all complimentary.
Though this is definitely a fun attraction, there’s so much more to do in Colborne.
Check out the Old Mill Alpacas for a farm escape to see more than 80 alpacas, head to a pumpkin patch or corn maze, explore The Colborne Art Gallery and check out the local vintage shops. We could go on and on!
Next time you’re up for a day trip, head to Colborne and bring us back a pie.