A special place exists North of Toronto, along Georgian Bay, where the sweet summer harvest can be enjoyed year-round: The Apple Pie Trail. Don’t be deceived by its name though, as this trail is more than just apple pie, including cooking classes, wineries, museums and so much more! This delicious adventure gives apple lovers the opportunity to taste the best the area has to offer all while lending it’s picturesque landscapes as you hike, cycle, paddle, walk or drive around the Blue Mountains, Collingwood and Meaford.
Introducing apple trees to the Canadian soil, early European settlers spawned what would eventually become the backbone of the local Blue Mountain economy, as apple production truly is at the core of the area’s tourism. As the surrounding mountains confine warm air off the lake, a warm micro-climate is created that is ideally suited in the production of apple growing. The tasty fruit has become a way of life for many local businesses, and as frequent visitors to the area we thought it best to try them out ourselves!
139 Hurontario St. | (705) 446-1740
Nestled in the heart of downtown Collingwood, Espresso post delivers on all fronts as it’s great coffee, outdoor patio and atmospherics, gives patrons the feeling of authenticity with a European allure. Throw in their soul soothing Caramel Apple Latte and this is one place that’ll have you staying longer than you intended.
RR4 Meaford (Hwy 26 east of Meaford) | (519) 538-2757
If your looking for desserts like Grandma use to make, then Grandma Lambe’s will have you weak in the knees with their mouth watering pies of all flavors and old fashion hospitality. Their dedication to using only local ingredients has made this charming 50-year-old landmark, second to none and has garnered numerous awards during that time to prove it. Grandma Lambe’s should not be missed along the Apple Pie Trail, but we’ll let their tasty treats do all the talking.
Thornbury Bakery Café
12 Bruce St. S. | (519) 599-3311
Just off the main road into town, Thornbury Bakery Café is a great place to unwind, grab a coffee and catch up with friends after a hectic week. They have delicious treats, including Apple Muffins, to pair with their hot beverages, but I recommend ordering a lunch special, as their fresh bread is sure to keep us coming back!
Make sure to explore the Apple Pie Trail this summer, as it’s the perfect weekend adventure for all, and promises to always be delicious!
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