As an apple-growing region, Clarington has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s that has now blossomed to over 1000 acres of apple trees! Apple wine, hard cider, caramel apple dumplings, spiced cider doughnuts, sweet cider freshly pressed, over 26 different apple heirloom varieties, and natural apple woodchips for your smoker are just a small taste of what awaits you along their Great Apple Adventure! This self-guided route winds through rural roads past perfectly symmetrical rows of apple tree bursting with ripe, red fruit! It’s no wonder they self-proclaim to be the ‘Apple Capital of Canada’.
Complimentary wine + cider tasting at Archibald Orchards & Estate Winery taste like Autumn in a glass! Find one to pair with Sandy’s famous sticky caramel apple dumplings. Toss some cider infused cheese into your basket, grab a jug of cold-pressed sweet cider and don’t forget a saucy chutney for your Thanksgiving charcuterie board -all available in their comfy indoor ‘Apple Market’. Outside, let the kids take in the fresh fall air in the play yard after picking-your-own favourite apple variety right off the tree!
Down the road, the Tyrone Mills water-powered mill looks as it would have in 1846! Today, as you step onto the wooden porch, you can smell apple cider doughnuts cooking and taste the cinnamon in the air! Meander around the historic site as you shop for specialty honey, homemade jams or wait for your wood-fired pizza to be crisped in the outdoor bake oven!
For a ‘corny’ Instagram moment Pingle’s Farm Market tops it with their giant corn maze! How large? It’s 8 acres of tall corn that’s carved out a trail of twists, turns, and dead-ends that ‘crop up’ (no pun intended) unexpectedly! Even the most seasoned escaper will take 45 minutes to complete the aMAZEing route! Afterward, ride the tractor to the pumpkin patch to find the great one and don’t forget the apple pie! Down the road, Knox’s Pumpkin Farm has been growing pumpkins for decades. Some of our families favourite times at the farm include yummy kettlecorn, pumpkin picking pulled in a wagon, cute farm animals and, of course, straw jumping!
After a day of Autumn adventuring, grab a bite at Three Six Kitchen & Lounge in historic downtown Bowmanville. They’re featuring homemade Apple Pastry all season that we think would pair nicely with a local brew from Chronicle Brewing Co. Afterward, visit the brewery and pick up [tongue-in-cheek] The Ignorant Farmer – Amber Wheat Ale and give thanks for our talented local food producers (and their sense-of-humour)!
We do declare, there is so much more to experiencing Fall than just ‘pumpkin spice’ in a paper cup! Happy ‘Great Apple Adventures’ -check out their full list of stops, here: https://www.clarington.net/en/tourism/great-apple-adventure.asp
FYI: Fall for Clarington Festivals
- Orono Fair – September 5 to 8
- A Country Path Fall Driving Tour – September 28 and 29
- Newcastle Fall Festival – October 5
- Downtown Bowmanville Apple Festival – October 19