Ontario’s ‘Apple Pie Trail’ is a secret tour that leads to sweet treats and hard cider

If you need inspiration for an Ontario road trip this fall, there’s a self-guided route that leads to nearly 30 enjoyable destinations.

The Apple Pie Trail is a tantalizing journey through southern Georgian Bay, full of stops at cider houses, bakeries, orchards and outdoor adventures.

You’ll want to go hungry because there are so many treats waiting for you at Blue Mountain Village, Craigleith, Beaver Valley, Thornbury and Meaford.

You can sip a flight of hard cider at Thornbury Craft Co., explore history at the Meaford Museum, grab apples from TK Ferri Orchards and eat a slice of ‘za from Bruce Wine Bar.

Many different markets and restaurants line the route and it’s a great way to try something new while experiencing apple country.

There’s even an outdoor river paddle along the trail with Free Spirit Tours and you can choose between a self-guided adventure or a guided tour for groups. After kayaking or canoeing, a shuttle will take you to Georgian Hills Vineyard for a specialty wine tasting. The guided option runs until October.

If you’re looking for more outdoor adventure, some of the organized experiences you can also find in the area include the Thornbury Sticky Bun Loop for biking, the Wild Edibles experience and a visit to the Scandinave Spa.

Stops and number of visits are completely up to you. There’s an app you can download and a map to follow to cut down on planning time before your next road trip.

Apple Pie Trail

Price: Prices vary by stop

When: Year-round (some outdoor stops are seasonal)

Address: various locations around South Georgian Bay, Ontario

Why you need to go: You can follow a nice road trail that has plenty of apple-themed stops, cool treats, and outdoor adventures.


Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.

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