Fall is here, and there is no better way to celebrate than to spend a day outdoors apple picking with your family.
Montreal is surrounded by many gorgeous orchids for apple picking, making it difficult to choose which one to visit. We will explore the features of three orchids that offer apple picking, each less than an hour away, to help you best decide which one to choose.
No matter which farm you visit, you and your family will not be disappointed by the fresh fruit and fall vibes, surrounded by nature and changing leaves.
Verger Richard Legault is only a 40-minute drive from Montreal! This orchid is dog-friendly, so bring your whole family to spend a gorgeous fall day picking apples. Take cute fall pictures while enjoying lush trees and fresh apples.
Price: $20 for one bag and $75 for five bags
Apples for picking: Honeycrisp and Royal Gala apples are ready for picking.
Location: 425 Rue Binette, Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, QC
Hours: Monday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Only a 50-minute drive from Montreal, Quinn Farm offers a range of activities, from u-pick, wagon rides, and visits with farm animals. In addition to apples, you can pick pumpkins and sweet corn until mid to end of October. If you get hungry while on the farm, you can visit the farm’s bakery for delicious food made from ingredients grown on the farm.
Price: Admission: $8 on weekdays, $10 on weekends and holidays, and $12 on festival days
Apples: $15 for small bags and $29 for large bags
Apples for picking: Cortland, Eden, McIntosh, and Spartan apples are ready for picking.
Location: 2495 Bd Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot, QC
Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Only an hour’s drive from Montreal, Labonté de La Pomme farm offers activities for the whole family. Your family will be entertained the entire day with apple picking, helicopter tours, hiking trails, corn mazes, an animal farm, beehive observations, and tractor rides. Labonté de La Pomme also allows well-behaved dogs, so bring the whole family to enjoy a fun fall day!
Price: $7 for a 3-litre bag of apples
Apples for picking: McIntosh, Prime Gold, Spartan, Liberté, and Honeycrisp apples are ready for picking.
Location: 405 Rang de l’Annonciation, Oka, QC
Hours: Wednesday- Sunday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday- Tuesday 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
In conclusion: Engaging in family activities and spending time outdoors is of paramount importance for the physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being of both children and adults. Research consistently underscores the positive impact of such experiences on family dynamics and individual development.
Studies indicate that family activities, such as Apple picking, hiking, picnics, or playing board games together, foster stronger bonds among family members. Quality time spent together promotes effective communication, trust, and a sense of belonging.
It allows for the sharing of values and traditions, reinforcing a child’s sense of identity and security.
Being outdoors offers a myriad of benefits as well. Research published in the journal “Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine” reveals that exposure to nature reduces stress, anxiety, and improves mood.
Outdoor activities promote physical fitness, reducing the risk of childhood obesity and related health issues.
Moreover, outdoor experiences provide a rich learning environment. Research from the American Institutes for Research suggests that outdoor play enhances problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking in children. Nature sparks curiosity and stimulates a sense of wonder, encouraging exploration and hands-on learning.
Make time for family activities and outdoor experiences that offer a holistic approach to well-being. These moments of togetherness nurture relationships, promote physical health, and enhance cognitive development.
The research is clear: making time for such activities is an investment in the overall happiness and growth of family members, offering a wealth
of memories and life skills that last a lifetime.
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