Serge Guenette

Best pumpkin and apple picking areas in Ottawa!


We can’t deny it any longer; fall is here. That means it’s time to embrace everything fall has to offer in Ottawa. The beautifully changing trees may not last long, but all month there are pumpkin patches and apple orchards to explore.
Of course, with the second wave of the pandemic hitting Ottawa pretty hard, you’ll need to be careful. And even though these are outdoor activities, it’s best to check in advance before heading to a local farm or orchard.
But, assuming it’s OK to visit, an outing to find the perfect pumpkin to carve and apples to eat (or bake into yummy pies!) not only gives you a chance to start or continue a tradition with your family, it also helps support local farmers with their fall harvest.
There are plenty of places to explore, but here are five top farms and orchards that let you pick your own.

If you are looking for ways to stay safe while celebrating with your family, here are some Halloween ideas that can take the place of trick-or-treating.

  1. Proulx Maple & Berry Farm: Close to Orléans, Proulx Maple & Berry Farm hosts their annual Pumpkin Fest, transforming the farm into everything Halloween themed. On Saturdays and Sundays (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.), until Oct. 31, the farm has corn field mazes, family-friendly wagon rides through the forest, haunted houses and the option to pick your own pumpkin directly from the patch.

  2. Cannamore Orchards: Cannamore Orchard farm is home to the Acres of Terror Haunted event and is known for its fresh orchard products, including apples, pumpkins and strawberries. Normally, you can pick pumpkins or apples, but apple-picking is now done and the pumpkin patch suffered under this summer’s drought. There are pumpkins available in the farm’s store. You can also visit the giant hedge maze, go for a wagon ride or visit the store for other fresh products made on the farm. Located in Crysler, you can visit seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (note that some events end Thanksgiving weekend).

  3. Millers Farm and Market: Daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Oct. 31, the Millers Farm and Market offers tractor wagon rides, a corn maze, product and garden centre, and pick-your-own pumpkins for the whole family to enjoy. Located just south of Manotick Village, this four-season business is one to check out to have the full pumpkin patch picking experience.

  4. Log Cabin Orchards: The Log Cabin Orchards is located south of Ottawa in North Grenville and offers both an apple picking and pumpkin picking experience. Seven days a week, with hours ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the orchard is open for families to come and pick their products, enjoy apple cider and churros around the bonfire, and purchase a variety of different kinds of apples to enjoy.

  5. Mountain Orchards: Mountain Orchards, located near Kemptville, is open seven days a week with hours ranging from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This orchard offers wagon rides, straw jumps, corn mazes and apple picking for all to enjoy. With multiple kinds of apples and baked products, Mountain Orchards is the perfect day trip to make with your family.

Apple season is soon wrapping up and turning fully into pumpkin season, so if you were hoping to get your hands on a few tasty treats before the season is over, make sure to check out these orchards as soon as possible!

Also, as you plan your outing to one of the many pumpkin patches or apple picking areas in Ottawa, be sure to follow the COVID-19 restrictions that are in place for the city and follow all individual rules that the orchards and farms may have for their locations.