Rediscover the Apple Pie Trail

Published Date: October 15, 2020

We are in the heart of Ontario’s Apple Country - a special place where the moderating effects of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment create perfect conditions for growing amazing apples - and baking perfect apple pies!   

This fall, rediscover the best culinary, drink, and outdoor experiences in the region through the Apple Pie Trail. Explore the Trail’s many local orchards and cideries, apple-inspired art, seasonal menus, outdoor activities, and the history of apple country. Learn what inspires the local farmers, business owners, distillers, and artisans to live and breathe everything apple. 

To plan your self-guided adventure along the Trail, make sure you visit their website and browse the stops that interest you based on location, category or even the weather. Yes – the Apple Pie Trail has winter adventures, too! You can download their brochure, or pick up a paper copy on your travels. We can even send you a paper copy via snail mail if you prefer. 

This year the Trail launched a new app that provides a seamless user experience to get the most out of your visit.  You can learn about each trail stop, book tours, view menus and make reservations, all with just a few taps. Click here to download the app.

Also new in 2020, some pretty cool new Grey County businesses were added to the trail:  Grey & Gold Cider joins the flourishing craft beverage community in Georgian Bay in the efforts of revitalizing cider making in Ontario. This sustainable, farm-based cidery in the heart of Grey County apple country is a must-visit. Surrounded by other apple orchards and cideries, this six-acre land has thousands of trees and dozens of varieties of heritage apples. Grey & Gold’s award-winning ciders are made through a low-intervention, natural process that creates the unique Grey & Gold flavouring.

Grey and Gold Cider

Good Family Farms believes in local, healthy, organic food, from their family to yours. This working farm is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the community by supporting and nurturing the environment to the best of their ability. Take advantage of their educational farm tours, in which you join the farmers on their vehicles to get a behind the scenes look at their 400+ acres of field. 

Good Family Farms

Windswept Cider is a micro cidery and fermentory nestled in the heart of Georgian Bay apple country. Windswept discovered several “lost” orchards that were still blossoming with fruit, and learned that many orchards throughout the area were abandoned by commercial growers. However, these lost orchards often house rare apple varieties that are ideal for cider making. The Windswept Lost Orchard ciders are a tribute to these unique fruits, and we’d highly recommend you give them a try.

Visit the Windswept bottle shop for tastings of award-winning small batch traditional cider and perry. Crafted with organic and wild foraged fruit from hedgerows, lost orchards and local growers. Enjoy a picturesque day along the trail on Windswept Farm’s expansive 100acre land in Meaford. 

Windswept Cider Tastings

Bruce Wine Bar is one of Thornbury’s most stylish and memorable restaurants. Owners Jennifer and Steven Vipond were inspired by several beloved West Coast wine bars, and wanted to bring that flair to the main streets of Thornbury. Jen’s love of wine married with Steve’s passion for food proves to be an award-winning combination. Bruce offers a sublime dining experience for all guests, and excellent Italian take-out.  

Bruce Wine Bar

Apple Pie Trail businesses have always been committed to the highest level of health and safety practices for their customers and employees. Following Provincial and Health guidelines, all businesses have developed plans and implemented stringent practices to ensure physical distancing and cleanliness. Each Trail location is independently owned and operated. Please follow the links to individual businesses for more information. 

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