Apple Orchards & Cider Mills to Visit Near Ottawa
As the days get shorter and the temperature outside dips, it is no denying that fall is in the air. September also means apple season! Whether you’re looking for a quiet family day at the orchard, an activity filled adventure or an afternoon sipping hard cider, there is a location near the capital with you in mind. Discover orchards and cider mills east of the city to west.
Ferme L’Artisan | Concession Rd 14, Fournier
Details: 50 minutes east of Ottawa, open Friday – Sunday 10am – 6pm.
A peaceful orchard, with shorter, high density trees; easy picking for the whole family. They offer 8 varieties of apples. Come late September, pumpkins and squash are also available. Find cider and homemade goods in their boutique.
Avonmore Berry Farm | 16365 4 Rd, Avonmore
Details: 50 minutes east of Ottawa, open daily 9am – 5pm.
Find berries in the summer, apples and pumpkins in the fall, among other vegetables. Weekend wagon rides take place in the fall, and there is a children’s play area to enjoy. The rustic shop offers snacks and baked goods.
Domaine Cléroux | 199 Route 300 East, Casselman
Details: 40 minutes southeast of Ottawa, typically open 10am - 4pm, check Facebook for hours.
Pick 7 types of apples from approximately 800 trees. In addition to the orchard they have a Sugar Shack, with all the maple goodies you could imagine. Their ‘kiosk’ shop has antique décor, recycled from old churches, that sells their products. Enjoy a cider out on the patio, where they occasionally have live music.
Cannamore Orchard | 1480 County Rd 32, Crysler
Details: 35 minutes southeast Ottawa, open every day 10am – 5pm.
Pick your own apples and enjoy an abundance of weekend activities. Ride the covered wagon or cow train, use pedal cars, navigate the maze, visit the animals or shop the orchard store. Buy tickets in advance for their Halloween attraction, Acres of Terror. Incudes four haunted attractions, guided by a witch or warlock.
Ferme Dagenais and Le Tournesol | 1155 Stevens Rd, Embrun
Details: 35 minutes southeast of Ottawa, open weekdays 10am – 5pm, weekends 10am – 3pm.
A completely organic orchard, where you can pick your own apples and pears. The pear season ends late September. They are also a health food store, offering a variety of farm products such as organic meat, eggs and honey.
Apple Stock Orchard | 1341 Merkley Rd, Winchester
Details: 40 minutes south of Ottawa, open 7 days a week 9am – 5pm.
A relaxing orchard experience. They have begun planting different mid-season apple varieties, currently offering MacKintosh and Spartan apples picked right from the tree. They encourage you to bring your own reusable bags.
Smyth’s Apple Orchard | 11652 County Rd 18, Iroquois
Details: One hour south of Ottawa, open daily 9am – 5pm.
The address says Iroquois but Smyth’s is closer to Dundela, where John McIntosh discovered his name sake apple! They have many other types of apples, as well as honey, jams, maple syrup, cider, cheese, and locally made goods. Gift baskets available upon request.
Mountain Orchards | 10175 Clark Rd, Mountain
Details: 50 minutes south of Ottawa, weekday hours 10am – 5pm, weekends 9am – 5pm.
Mountain has 11 varieties of apples to be picked, and activities on site. Travel through the orchard by wagon, navigate the corn maze, explore forest trails and relax in their picnic area. The straw jump is closed this season. They have a stocked farm store with doughnuts and treats, and BBQ meals on the weekends.
Log Cabin Orchard | 6121 Cabin Rd, Osgoode
Details: 30 minutes south of Ottawa, open weekdays 10am – 5pm and 9am – 6pm weekends.
Offering a variety of apples, they’re saying 2020 is a great crop year. The cabin boasts 180 years of history, and is now the orchard shop. They sell country décor, apple products, cider and baked goods. Enjoy wagon rides, a petting zoo and some tasty churros. Cash only!
Pinewood Orchards | 101 Herzberg Rd, Nepean
Details: 20 minutes west of Ottawa, open on weekends 9am – 5pm.
In the heart of the Greenbelt, Pinewood has several varieties of apples, hand-picked from full sized trees. Many of which are about 75 years old. Some pumpkins available for purchase.
MacKintosh Cider House | 9 Spencer St, Spencerville
Details: 50 minutes south of Ottawa, open daily for purchases, 11am – 5pm.
Home of Flying Canoe, Ottawa region’s first ever hard cider. Order cider and merchandise online for pickup, or visit the shop. The Cider house is the former residence of Dr. Pember McIntosh, grandson of John McIntosh who discovered the name sake apple.
BUSL Cider | 75 Quabbin Rd, Mallorytown
Details: 80 minutes southwest of Ottawa, open Wednesday to Sunday 11am – 5pm.
Premium hard apple cider with infused flavour options, such as pear, cherry and haskap (peach is coming soon). They have a beautiful terrace overlooking the orchard, and a patio to enjoy your cider or beer. Wander the property and find lavender fields and duck ponds. Ask about a tour.
Farmgate Cider | 4547 Mohrs Rd, Arnprior
Details: 40 minutes west of Ottawa, weekdays 8am – 4pm, weekend appointments.
Farm to glass apple ciders, made with organic or locally sourced apples. They offer a variety of flavours, in 500ml bottles. Currently open for pick up or local delivery. You can also find them at the Carp Farmer’s Market.
Ciderie Coronation Hall Cider Mills | 206 Chemin River, Bristol
Details: One hour northwest of Ottawa, 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm – 4pm Sundays.
Satisfy all your old school Quebec vibes you didn’t know you wanted with traditional West Quebec style ciders. Watch apples being pressed (call ahead to check if they’re pressing that day) or enjoy treats in their tea room.
Ugly Apple Cider and Wines | 1940 Concession Rd. 4B Dalhousie, Lanark
Details: 70 minutes southwest of Ottawa, open daily, tastings by appointment only.
Named for finding the ‘cider in the rough’, they use the crabbed and ugly apples to create English and Spanish-style ciders, among others. Order the award-winning cider online, or visit for a tasting on the patio. Reservations required.
Please be extra respectful and patient this year, as there will be additional Covid-19 guidelines at the orchards and mills. Confirm hours online or call ahead, and don’t forget to wear your mask.
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