Time to Hit the Trail!
Dazzling fall colours, a crispness to the air, and Nature’s finest fragrances emanating from the orchards that define one of Southern Ontario’s most beautiful and inviting regions. This is Apple Country. And this is your chance to discover it.
Winding through the scenic towns of Collingwood, the Blue Mountains, Thornbury, Clarksburg, Meaford, and the beautiful Beaver Valley, the Apple Pie Trail offers adventure of culinary, cultural and dynamic description. First and foremost, it’s about the apples. Local markets now feature over 20 varieties including Ginger Gold, Jersey Mac, Gala, Honeycrisp, the famous McIntosh and the delectable Red Prince– found only in this area. And you won’t believe what the locals do with them. Follow the Trail for caramel apple lattes, apple cheesecake, apple crumble, apple art & yes even jewellery and, of course, out-of-this-world apple pie. Enjoy an afternoon of wine, cider and cheese tasting. Immerse yourself in local culture and discover apple history and apple-inspired art.
Ontario’s largest apple growing region has amazing Adventure!
Four unique outings in Apple Country.
- Pedal Paddle the Blue Mountains.
Explorers love this days’ journey that starts and ends in Ontario’s only 4-season pedestrian Village – the Blue Mountain Village. Pushing off at *10am load your bike on to the Blue Mountain Gondola and head up enjoying the vistas over Georgian Bay. At the top embark on a 4-6 hour cycling journey interrupted only by your photography stops. Enjoy a country picnic lunch at the Blackbird Pie Co. followed by a 1 hour gentle paddle down the Beaver Valley River at Free Spirit Tours.
A self-guided cycling & paddling trip. $50pp+tax include gondola ticket, lunch, 1 hour paddle, and map. Helmets mandatory. Duration 4-6hours.
*10am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. *12pm start Monday-Thursday.
- Paddle & Wine Tasting.
In 2013 Southern Georgian Bay was recognized by the Ontario Wine Council as an emerging wine region. Blue Mountain is just 15 minutes from one such vineyard – the award-winning Georgian Hills Vineyard. Just minutes past the vineyard you’ll find Free Spirit Tours with its racks of kayaks and canoes. Combine both these outings for a perfect fall adventure.
From $45pp+tax, includes self-guided 1 hour paddle & wine tasting. Duration 2-3 hours.
- Hike, Waterfall & Winery Tour
Blue Mountain Village sits at the base of the UNESCO World Biosphere site, The Niagara Escarpment, famous for its 800km trek The Bruce Trail. This outing gets you out hiking on that trail to the spectacular Hoggs Falls lookout followed by a tour of the Beaver Valley and stop at Georgian Hills Vineyard for local wine tasting.
From $55pp. Wednesday to Sunday only, pick up at hotels 1pm. Tour provided by SummerBound Tours that includes narrated description of the area. Duration 3 ½ hours.
- Custom Cooking Class & Spa
Just 10 minutes from Blue Mountain Village is the well-known historic harbour town of Collingwood. Tucked away outside of town on a lovely 10acre farm is the Collingwood Cooking Academy with a cooking studio that fits 14. Internationally trained chef Philip Tarlo will spend 2-3 hours teaching you the tricks of cooking with apples and pastry. And not just pie! You’ll also cook & take home streusel and apple bread. Afterwards soak in the award-winning Scandinave Spa situated on 25 acres of natural Ontario birch, Canadian maple and pine trees.
From $115pp – mid-week only – minimum of 5 hours. Spa closes at 9pm.
Visit www.applepietrail.ca/adventures for hotel specials at The Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain and Blue Mountain Resorts plus more detail on adventures and the Apple Pie Trail.