Apple picking, to some, is synonymous with the start of Fall! Start your own tradition of fall family fun with a trip to Applewood Farm. Hand-pick your own apples, then find that perfect pumpkin, while enjoying the farm fresh air. If you choose to hop on a wagon ride, note that masks will be required.
Caramel apples are always a hit with the youngins, and who are we kidding, many of the young at heart are fans too! Applewood Farm has made it super easy to enjoy these yummy delights at home, with the freshly-picked apples of your choice, thanks to their Gramma Diane’s very own recipe found here. And a fun fact about the farm: for those of you that are Schitt’s Creek fans, you may recognize that ‘Herb Ertlinger Winery’ scenes were actually filmed at Applewood Farm.
Speaking of wineries, Whitchurch-Stouffville is home to two award-winning wineries, Willow Springs Winery and Gallucci Winery, both conveniently located a short drive away. So, if you want to include a detour just for the adults, you won’t need to go very far to enjoy a tasting or two!
Now, if you prefer to keep the activities focused on the kids, down the road from Applewood Farm is Lionel’s Farm, a petting zoo with a wide variety of animals, including sheep, goats, deer, pigs, cow, alpaca, llamas, rabbits, and chickens, that you can feed and touch during your visit. Pony rides are also available. Advance reservations are currently required for all visits, so be sure to book ahead.
Your next stop is at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Area where you can enjoy a leisurely family hike through the forest’s trails surrounded by the glorious changing colours of Fall. Treetop Trekking, offering fun for all ages, is also conveniently located within this conservation area. Younger kids can climb from treehouse to treehouse inside Treewalk Village while the older ones can try out the Discovery Kids Courses, complete with mini ziplines, bridges, balancing logs and more. Adult accompaniment is required. Advance reservations are also required at this time. Whatever you choose, appreciate your time outdoors – Ontario’s long winter is just around the corner!