The apple harvest is ready, so head on out and discover the Apple Pie Trail.
“It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the trail because this year’s apple crop has plenty of sweetness and flavour,” says Kristin Ellis, trail development and marketing co-ordinator for Blue Mountain Village.
Best described as a culinary adventure trail, the award-=winning Apple Pie Trail is now in its ninth season.
“There’s so much to do,” says Ellis. “Apple picking and apple pie are just the beginning.”
Forty stops are along the 2016/17 trail, which features orchards, shops, restaurants, spas, cideries, wineries, breweries, galleries, museums and active adventures. The trail runs from Creemore to Collingwood to Blue Mountain Village, through the Beaver Valley and down to Thornbury and Meaford along the shores of Georgian Bay.
In addition to apple picking at local orchards, you can sample sweet and savoury apple dishes at area restaurants or relax over a glass of local cider.
“The local chefs really go all out to create some amazing dishes. This is culinary tourism at its best,” says Ellis.
Active adventures include the Pedal Paddle Tour, Paddle and Wine Tasting Tour, Wine and Cheese Boat Cruise, Helicopter and Wine Tasting and a Walk, and Waterfall and Wine Tour.
Businesses that produce or source Georgian Bay and Ontario apple products are permitted to join and all must offer a visitor experience.
“All products must be local to support agriculture within our area,” Ellis says.
The orchards that have taken root throughout Simcoe and Grey County are significant economic contributors to the area.
“With over 3,100 acres of production, this area is the biggest apple growing region of Canada – if you combine both acreage and poundage,” notes Ellis.
From an innovative farming perspective, visitors find the area interesting. Some local orchards have shifted from the traditional apple tree to the new spindle-spine technique that triples (or more) the production per acreage and cuts down on sprays, picking costs and, due to more sun, produces a bigger, sweeter apple.
“It’s pretty cool to see because it looks like a wall of apple trees,” Ellis says.
The trail is open year round and best discovered over two to three days, either by foot in the town sections or by car, bike or motorcycle in the countryside.
For more information, visit applepietrail.ca.
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