The Apple Pie Trail
If apple pie makes you feel cozy and happy, the Apple Pie Trail in southern Georgian Bay might be more like a sacred pilgrimage than just a local foodie trail. The Apple Pie Trail is a regional, self-guided tour to markets, farms, orchards, bakeries, restaurants, shops, cafes, breweries, cideries and wineries that create food, drink and artisanal crafts inspired by the apple.
The Trail connects the communities of Meaford, Thornbury, Craigleith and Collingwood along the Georgian Bay shoreline, and dips down into Beaver Valley to include Clarksburg, Heathcote, Ravenna and The Blue Mountains.
The warming lake effect from Georgian Bay and the protective shield of the Niagara Escarpment creates the perfect climate and conditions for apple growing in this region, known as Grey County.
Since the mid 1800s, apple farming in this fertile region has become a local mainstay. In fact, Southern Georgian Bay produces 25% of Ontario’s annual apple crop.
Today the rural landscape between towns and villages is characterized by acres upon acres of apple orchards growing Mcintosh, Ida Red, Spy, Gala, Golden Delicious and Honeycrisp varieties, to name a few. Due to the rich abundance, apples feature in local recipes, menus, brews, artistic expression and recreational activities across the region — hence the birth of the Apple Pie Trail.
Download the Trail Map and follow it to discover a pick-your-own apple orchard, an apple inspired painting at a local gallery, a cidery tour and tasting, apple infused cheeses, salads, soups, tarts and of course the traditional apple pie.
Meet passionate chefs, farmers, bakers, brewers, artists and artisans along the way, and soak in the scenic beauty of Grey County.
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More about The Apple Pie Trail
Grey County is approximately two hours drive north of Toronto and just an hour west of Barrie.
If you’re travelling up from Toronto, Highway 10 is a great alternative rural route to Highway 400. Once out of the Greater Toronto Area, it leads through rolling meadows, farm fields and country communities.
The Apple Pie Trail is central enough for a day trip from the city but with all to see, do and savour, you would miss out if you didn’t plan on a longer overnight getaway. From luxury resorts, country inns, inviting bed and breakfasts or a cozy cabin in the forest, there’s sure to be an accommodation option that suits your style.
Many of the interconnected routes that make up the Apple Pie Trail are back country picturesque roads that are relatively flat – perfect for touring by bicycle. You’ll be welcomed in country markets, village shops, wineries and cideries to rest and rehydrate.
The Beaver River is a gentle, winding tributary that meanders through Grey County and empties into Nottawasaga Bay in Thornbury. Its slow current and scenic shoreline makes for amazing canoeing and kayaking, another great way to experience sections of the Apple Pie Trail.
In the winter months, strap on snowshoes and explore the trails and pathways through forests, fields and orchards covered in a blanket of snow.
Visit boutique shops, galleries and museums along the main streets of the various communities that may feature apple inspired jewellery, art or tell the story of the area’s historic affinity towards the fruit.
However you choose to follow the Apple Pie Trail, just be sure to give yourselves ample time to savour all there is to do, and bring a healthy appetite to sample all there is to enjoy, including that glorious slice of apple pie.