Seasonal September 25, 2018

5 Places to Go Apple Picking Within a 1-Hour Drive From 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. 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
» 60 mins drive from Downtown Halifax

While you may visit Noggins Corner Farm Market for the apples, you’ll stay for the corn maze, 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!

Noggins 2018 Season Dates:
Corn Maze: September 1 – October 28
Apple U-Pick: September 15 – October 28
Pumpkin U-Pick: September 29 – October 28

2 – Gates U-Pick

1263 Starr’s Point Road, Port Williams, Nova Scotia
» 70 mins drive from Downtown Halifax

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.

The best part? All-you-can-eat apples while u pick!!

Gates’ 2018 Season Dates:
Open September & October daily from 9am-6pm.

3 – Daniels U-Pick

4499 Hwy 14, Windsor, Nova Scotia
» 50 mins drive from Downtown Halifax

One thing is for sure, you definitely won’t leave Daniels 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!

Daniels U-Pick 2018 Season Dates:
Open daily from mid-August to mid-September

4 – Willowbank U-Pick Farm

110 Starr’s Point Loop, Port Williams, Nova Scotia
» 70 mins drive from Downtown Halifax

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!

Willowbank U-Pick 2018 Season Dates:
Apples: September & October
Pumpkins: October
Open daily 9am-5:30pm

5 – Dempsey Corner Orchards

2717 Highway 221, RR#3, Aylesford, Nova Scotia
» 90 mins drive from Downtown Halifax

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!

Dempsey Corner Orchards 2018 Season Dates:
U-Pick Apples: July -November
U-Pick Pumpkins: October-November

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Originally published October 2016, updated September 2018.



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