Outdoor Adventure October 12, 2016

5 amazing apple orchards within 1 hour of Halifax

Fall is a favourite time of year to explore Nova Scotia’s natural surroundings with your family. It’s a season of corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and of course, amazing apple picking.

With so many outstanding orchards in Nova Scotia, there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by indulging in a freshly picked apple. Whether you’re craving apple pies for Thanksgiving, candy apples for Halloween, or a healthy snack, here are five places to pick a perfect apple this autumn – all within a 1-hour drive from Halifax.

1. Noggins Corner Farm Market
10009 Hwy #1, Greenwich, Nova Scotia

While you may visit Noggins Corner Farm Market for the apples, you’ll stay for the corn mazes, wagon rides, duck races, and barnyard play area. With all this and more, it’s not hard to see why Noggins is a local family favourite!

2. Gates U-Pick 1263 Starr’s Point Road, Port Williams, Nova Scotia In business for over 20 years, Gates U-Pick is a staple in the area and an expert in the art of apple growing. With over 20 varieties of apples, the best way to find your preferred flavour is with a free wagon ride and orchard tour.

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3. Daniel’s U-Pick
4499 Route 14 (Chester Road), Windsor Forks, Nova Scotia

One thing is for sure, you definitely won’t leave Daniel’s U-Pick hungry! In addition to an assortment of apples, the farm offers a taste of local plums, pears, jams/jellies, honey and cider. Sounds pretty delicious to us!

4. Willowbank U-Pick Farm 110 Starr’s Point Loop, Port Williams, Nova Scotia Willowbank U-Pick Farm is a working farm owned by the Johnson family. During the fall, they open to the public and it is well worth the trip! Not only can you cross apple picking off your fall bucket list, but you can take in the farm’s petting zoo and corn maze!

5. Dempsey Corner Orchards
2717 Highway 221, RR#3, Aylesford, Nova Scotia

Picking your apples directly from the tree is way more fun then picking them off the shelf of a grocery store! Especially at Dempsey Corner Orchards! Plus, if you are looking for variety, you’ve come to the right place! They have 57 varieties of apples to try!

Where do you go to get your apples in Halifax?